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Thomas Maurice Burke was born in San Francisco on Dec. 30, 1946. He died unexpectedly at his home in Alameda on Nov. 21, 2014, at the age of 67. He was the loving son of the late James and Teresa Burke.

Tom was raised in the Sunset District in San Francisco and graduated from Lincoln High School. He then went on to San Francisco City College and completed his degree in horticulture. It was there that Tom met his lifelong partner of 47 years, Ron Morgan.

Together, they restored a handsome Queen Anne Victorian house. As a duo, they enjoyed frequenting estate sales and the Alameda Point flea market in the never-ending search for "treasures."

Tom worked as a gardener for 35 years for the City of San Francisco. The gorgeous garden of their Alameda home is a living legacy to Tom’s green thumb and talents.

Tom is survived by his four sisters Nanci Sebastiani (Jim), Teresa Walsh (Kevin), Patti Burke, and Debra Gutierrez (Rich). He was preceded in death by his brother Jim Burke (Barbara) in 2006. He leaves a loving extended family of five nieces and seven nephews and 17 grand nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed by all who loved him.

A private family celebration of Thomas’ life will be held on Dec. 30.

Thomas Maurice Burke was born in San Francisco on Dec. 30, 1946. He died unexpectedly at his home in Alameda on Nov. 21, 2014 at the age of 67.
He was the loving son of the late James and Teresa Burke. Tom was raised in the Sunset District in San Francisco and graduated from Lincoln High School. He then went on to City College and completed his degree in horticulture.

It was there that Tom met his lifelong partner of 47 years, Ron Morgan. Together, they restored a handsome Queen Anne Victorian house. As a duo, they enjoyed frequenting estate sales and the Alameda Point flea market in the never-ending search for "treasures". Tom worked as a gardener for 35 years for the City of San Francisco. The gorgeous garden of their Alameda home is a living legacy to Tom's green thumb and talents.

Tom is survived by his four sisters Nanci Sebastiani (Jim), Teresa Walsh (Kevin), Patti Burke, Debra Gutierrez (Rich) He was preceded in death by his brother Jim Burke (Barbara) in 2006. He leaves a loving extended family of five nieces and seven nephews and 17 grand nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed by all who loved him.

A private family celebration of Thomas' life will be held on Dec. 30.

Born in Stayton, Ore., to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was the beloved husband of Helen Sause; father of Paula Sause Conway, David (Cheryl) Sause and Carole Sause McClintock; grandfather of Theresa, Debbie, Jolene, Campbell, Malcolm and Hunter; brother of Mary, Anne, Sara, Catherine, Richard, Steve and Roger.

Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of Senior Warden.

His compassion for others reached beyond the doors of his church to the Seafarers Ministry where he reached out to those who sail months on end without contacts beyond their ships. Sam helped shepherd these sailors to the Oakland center where they could worship, shop and connect with families across the sea via phone and computer.

At Alameda Rotary, he participated in a wide range of programs from facilitating grants for local organizations to establishing micro-banking and water projects in Central America. The Navy League was a life-long passion for Sam where he supported those who go to sea in the service of protecting us all. He took special satisfaction in helping the youngsters of the Navy League, who find support and career openings through their programs. More recently, his boundless energy found him assisting the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community that helps families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Sam owned and operated Grand Transport from his home office for 25 years moving a diverse range of freight around the world. He likened this vocation to detective work, figuring out how to package and ship complicated freight for the best price to the best port. These challenges kept him working until his death.

Sam married Helen Perkins on Feb. 29, 1964, and they made Alameda their home for more than 50 years where they raised their three children. Sam and Helen loved to travel and recently were able to check off some long-awaited bucket list items, including touring Alaska and visiting Columbia and Peru. When not enjoying time with their two cats, Sam loved reading, watching movies and taking walks, which he did every day, treasuring his excellent health and zest for making new friends he might meet along the way. He continued to stay in touch with those he went to school with years ago in Oregon. It is a testament to Sam that stories of his kindness and gentle assistance to anyone he encountered in his life continue to pour in each day. He will be incredibly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Donations in Sam’s honor may be made to the Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Rotary Club or the Seamen’s Church Institute — Bay Area.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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