It is with great sorrow to report that James “Jimmy” Gibbons Burke, Jr., 85, passed away on May 2, 2018. Jimmy co-founded the law firm of Burke & Ballard in 1971. In 1979, the name of the firm was changed to Burke & Mayer, and in 2007, it merged to form the firm of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer.
In addition to his longtime career as a local admiralty attorney, he was an avid sailor and gardener, contributing greatly to the iris, azalea and cypress population in Beau Chene. He was most proud of his service in the United States Navy and his grandchildren. He loved entertaining family and friends and spending time in his cabin in North Carolina. He will be remembered for his smile, his love of family and friends, his sense of humor and his determination to ensure that anyone who visited had something to eat and drink.
We mourn his death, but will forever celebrate his memory. He is survived by his wife, Karla Heidloff Burke, his children: Elizabeth “Liz” Landry (Michael), James “Jimmy” Burke III (Dana), Todd Knaak (Elizabeth), Clayton Burke (Carolyn), Curran Burke (Simone), Amy Solis (Kenny); his fourteen grandchildren; his siblings: Deirdre Provosty (Michel), Sheela Plater (David), Sean Burke (Ann); and many nieces and nephews.