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William Burke

William J. "Will" Burke

Tuesday, April 24th, 1990 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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William John Burke of Aurora, Colorado passed away unexpectedly on the 4th of May, 2020. While we are shocked and saddened, we celebrate his memory as a man of bold character and great strength.

William was born on April 24, 1990 in Langhorne, PA. He had just celebrated his 30th birthday. He was born and raised in Bucks County, PA. He graduated from Central Bucks East High School in 2008 and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BS in Management Information Science. He was an avid scouter with BSA Troop 59 where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After college in 2015, he headed out on his own to live in Colorado and pursued a Certification in Personal Training and Fitness. Health and Fitness was his passion and his enthusiasm and interest in helping his clients attain their goals was paramount. He loved to push himself and others to do and be their best. He inspired others with relentless positivity and his trademark smile. Outside of work he spent time in the Colorado Rockies doing all the outdoor activities that he loved including snowboarding, panning for gold and hiking the Colorado 14’ers. He was always encouraging his friends and family to get up and start moving and to be your best self. He loved to listen to Reggae music and attended many Red Rocks Concerts. He chose the best things in life. These words can't do justice to his mighty spirit. He will be missed terribly by all who knew him.

William’s life in Colorado was enriched by his family of colleagues, his many clients who adored him and they welcomed him into their lives as more than just a trainer. He was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was generous and kind, thoughtful and polite, always greeting all with his infectious smile and cheerfulness. A gentleman to be sure.

His greatest wish growing up was to have a dog and his wish came true several years ago when he bought Rose. His beautiful lab mix puppy who he adored. Rose brought immense joy into his life and was the center of his world. I am sure that Rose misses him as much as we do.

He is survived his father John J. Burke of Lansdale, PA, his mother Joan L Burke of Jamison, PA, his two sisters Elizabeth Burke and Kathryn Burke and a large extended family of his Grandmother Marguerite M. Luckhowec, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and his beloved dog Rose.

William was a man that cared deeply for others. He worked to help them find inner strength in order to transform their lives. In honor of William's commitment to other people, we ask that in lieu of flowers, you make a donation to the Children's Diabetes Foundation. Similar to William, this foundation aims to improve the lives of others, specifically those with type 1 diabetes. Donations can be made online at
or by mailing a check to:

Childrens Diabetes Foundation
4380 S Syracuse St. Suite 430
Denver, CO 80237

Below is the link to the on-line broadcast of William Burke’s service on Tuesday.

Please note that a 30-minute slide show remembering the good times with William will be shown prior to the service (11:00am – 11:30am). So in summary, the broadcast will start at 11:00am and will roll right into the grave-side service at 11:30am.
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    Tuesday May 19, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday May 19, 2020 11:30am
    Private at the convenience of the family
    Below is the link to the on-line broadcast of William Burke’s service.

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  • Interment

    Doylestown Cemetery
    E. Court Street
    DOYLESTOWN, PA 18901
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    Private at the convenience of the family.


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John Kimmich

Posted at 10:09pm
I was Will's instructor at the National Personal Training Institute of Colorado. He was in the very first class that I taught at that school. Because of him, I had the confidence to give my very best to the entire class. His warm, gentle, and energetic spirit is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. I'll always remember the genuine passion he had to help people and his smile that could light up a room. My deepest condolences to all of his family in friends. Brother Will, may you rest in peace until we meet again.

Kelly Bartsch

Posted at 12:25pm
I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing William as an adult, but I remember fondly all the time our families spent together when we were kids. William was always corky and witty, and extremely enthusiastic about his interests. He committed himself completely to the things he loved (I remember a particularly enthusiastic interest in Pokémon cards- I’m pretty sure at one point he could recite the name of each Pokémon, their powers, and the value of their card by heart). After hearing him gush about Pokémon, I immediately wanted Pokémon (without really even knowing what they were. He just made them sound so cool). It is of no surprise to me that he grew up to influence and motivate so many people- those precious abilities were inherent in him ever since he was young. His excitement was contagious. A particularly fond memory I have of him is of the time he, Liz and I decided to dress up my pet iguana in Barbie clothes and proceed to write and film an entire screenplay called “Lifeguard Lizard” (Liz I still have this tape somewhere and I will find it for you). William was always creative, compassionate, and truly one-of-a-kind. I will treasure his memory and continue to hold him in my heart. My love and my deepest condolences go out to the Burke family.

Ross Connard

Posted at 10:41am
Never afraid to be who you were. We'll miss you, William. Wish I got to see you more recently.

Peter Cortés

Posted at 12:50am
I wish that I had more time to spend with William. Everytime we got together as a family I always looked forward to seeing Will and hearing about everything that he'd been up to since we last saw each other.
I'll never forget when we taped that flashlight to the ceiling fan, only to have it fly off, crashing into the wall and waking up the whole house! I crack up every time I think about it.

I'll miss you.

Joanna Briese

Posted at 07:22pm
Will and I lived together for a year as roommates and we became such good friends during that time. He was one of the first people to welcome me to Colorado and show me all the fun stuff to do there. We went snowboarding together, to concerts and even on some trips. We had more trips planned and I'm so sad to know we won't get to do those things together. We didn't talk all the time but any time we saw each other we jumped right back in where we left off. He was one of the most caring and thoughtful people I've ever met. He was determined, an extremely hard worker and excelled at anything he tried. I loved his spirit and he always made me laugh. He had such potential and I was proud of him for everything he accomplished. The world has lost a wonderful person. He will be dearly missed!

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