Lucy Leatherbee Burke
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Exeter, N.H. - Two months after her 90th birthday, Lucy Leatherbee Burke died peacefully in Exeter, N.H.
Born Lucy Leatherbee on September 10 1929, she was the daughter of William B. and Mary H. Leatherbee of Weston, MA. and graduated from Weston High School, Class of 1947.
Lucy lived her life with enthusiasm and a positive attitude whether through volunteer work or her role as wife of Steve Burke and mother to her four sons Brad, Tim, Geoff, and Dave. Family and friends will miss her warm spirit, vivacious laugh, and her ability to regale people with a great story when she hosted or attended social events. A gifted athlete who loved the outdoors, Lucy lead an active lifestyle and enjoyed playing tennis, riding horses, swimming, and travel.
Lucy had a lifelong interest in varied aspects of health and wellness, studying nursing and completing several LPN classes. She continued with her family interest in and support of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Nutrition and wellness continued to be a focus during Lucy's life, and she valued lifelong learning as a key goal for herself and others.
Lucy Leatherbee Burke leaves behind two sons, Brad Burke and Tim Burke, and was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Stephen F Burke Jr. and brother William B Leatherbee Jr. as well as sons, Geoffrey Burke, David Burke, and grandson Hunter Burke. Lucy will be deeply missed by a wide circle of friends and family members which include the Woodruff and Leatherbee families, as well as grandchildren Kayla and Riley Burke (children of David Burke and Tracey Hovan), Ashley and James Burke (children of Geoffrey and Judy Burke) and Skyler Burke (son of Brad and Linda Burke). Lucy also leaves relatives throughout New England and beyond, as well as countless friends to include Little Diamond Island, ME and Grand Cayman Island, BWI.
The funeral arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to; the BrightFocus Foundation or the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Published on November 30, 2019


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Kathy Culmone
Dec 12, 2019
Lucy welcomed me into the family years ago and I cherish my memories of all the wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas and many other celebrations. I will miss her very much. Love to all of the family, Kathy.
Brad Burke
Dec 06, 2019
We miss your smile and that twinkle in your eyes Lucy Burke.
Brad, Linda, & Sky
Pat Kelly
Dec 03, 2019
In my younger years,I enjoyed playing platform tennis at the Burke’s every Sunday!
Donald T McDermott Jr.
Dec 02, 2019
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Kippy PhillipsJones
Dec 01, 2019
So sad. She was a high spirited fun woman. After their house burned down. she came to a wedding in her raincoat and a slip because everything was gone. Great attitude in Life. So sorry for your loss.
Marlene Leatherbee
Dec 01, 2019
I have such fond, happy memories of our Thanksgiving celebrations at Lucy and Steve’s.
It was our family’s favorite holiday when we would gather together to enjoy savory food and fine wines but best of all the recollections and amusing stories shared over the years.
It was a special treat with her busy schedule when Lucy and I had the luxury of one-on-one time together. As sisters in law, our conversations will forever be remembered.
Rest In Peace Lucy
Pamela Leavey
Nov 30, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Burke family. I grew up on Way to the River Road and spent a lot of time at the Burke home as a young child.
Nov 30, 2019
Lucy and Steve use to be customers of mine at Brooks pharmacy in Newburyport. They were both sweet people and I'll miss them
Jim Bragg
Nov 30, 2019
Lucy and Steven will be greatly missed. Their wonderful outlook on life was contagious. I’ll miss them a great deal, but hold great memories of get togethers.