Kenneth Burk

Kenneth George Burk, a resident of Blenheim, passed away January 20th, 2021 at his home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, at the age of 67. 

Kenn “Uncle Kenny” was born in Chatham, the beloved husband of Mary Lynn (nee Rowe), and son of the late George and Eileen (nee Keech). 

Loving Dad to Jason (Julie), Kristin (Jeremy), Lyndsay (Kyle) and beloved lap companion K-ly. 

Proud Grandpa to Griffin, Mason, Jemma, Kylie, Jayda, Amelia, Lily, Liam and Maisie. 

Dear brother to Nancy (Gord), the late Roy, Bill (Kathy), Rose and Paul (Tammy), brother-in-law to Patty (George), Susan (Mike), Debbie (Rick), Kim and the late Doug and son-in-law to Conrad and the late Helen (nee Sullivan) Rowe. 

Kenn wasn’t just a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend but a true role-model as well. He was a well-rounded individual, providing constant support and guidance to everyone in his life.   

Kenn achieved great success during his 31 year career with Siemens Automotive, holding several Management level positions and building many great friendships. He retired in 2007 at the young age of 52.

His favorite pastime was spending time with his family. Traveling, relaxing by the beach, hunting, fishing, and woodworking brought Kenn contentment throughout his life. He also enjoyed his time as a coach to many, his friends in the “hood”, his Southern family, and his love of classic cars. 

A Celebration of Life “fish fry” will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.

51 Comments on “Kenneth Burk”

  1. Mary Lynn and family and the entire Burk family,
    We were very sorry to hear about Ken. Henry had a nice visit with him over breakfast before COVID hit and he told us about his illness then. It’s so difficult to understand why these awful things happen to such nice people. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Sue and Henry Wiebenga

  2. R.I.P. Kenn, a great man indeed! My heartfelt sympathy to all the family and especially my dear friend MaryLynn❤

  3. Mary Lynn and the entire Burk Family,
    Cherish all the times that you shared with Kenn.
    May you find comfort in your memories.
    Brenda Rumble

  4. Mary Lynn and family. We are very sorry for the loss of Ken. He will be deeply missed. Last saw him at our breakfast in September 2020 in Tilbury and will cherish that visit.
    Bryan & Sheryl Law

    1. Our deepest, deepest condolences to you Mary Lynn and family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories Kenn has blessed you all with. Hugs and love
      Wendy, Brad, Lee, Stacey and families

  5. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    Chris & Jane Stewart

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Ken always being at the arena when we were younger. Hugs

  7. Mary Lynn and family, we are so saddened by the news of Ken’s passing. Praying for you all at this time as you hold tight to each other, and linger in your memories. You certainly have many wonderful memories through the years to cherish.
    Steve, Marion, & Al

  8. Mary Lynn and family, we are so saddened by the news of Ken’s passing. Praying for you all at this time as you hold tight to each other, and linger in your memories. You certainly have many wonderful memories through the years to cherish.
    Steve, Marion, & Al

  9. Lyndsay – I’m so sorry that you have lost your amazing father Mason, Amelia and Liam – I so very sorry for the loss of your grandpa – you were the gold in his heart and you all have gained a guardian angel.
    Sending lots of love to the entire family!
    Love Ms. Mel (the silly, crazy, loud one

  10. Mary Lynn and family, Rita and I are so shocked and surprised to hear of Kenn’s passing. Our thoughts are with all of you. Kenn was a very special person to me. Not only was he a friend, he was mentor to me in first years at Siemens Automotive. I have great memories of our trips to Italy at the plant launch, and the trip when you and Rita came over and toured Rome. I feel very grateful to have known him and all of your family. May Peace be with you.

  11. Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Such a great guy. He will be missed.

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again

    Written by Henry Scott-Holland 1910

  12. Dear Mary Lynn , your children and grandchildren, plus Kenns family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Because we left the Blenhim area in 1970, we never saw much of your family, our loss. You look like a beautiful family. He was always Kenny to me and the Burks and Smiths were like a blended family, they were all our kids too. I pray our great Heavenly Father , the God of Comfort, will give you the comfort you need at this time and all future days to cope. From all I have heard, he was a dear husband, father, Grampa and brother. My prayers are with you all. I love you all very much.

  13. Hey Mary Lynne
    I am so sorry for your loss. Great memories with you guys. What a loss ! We have you in our thoughts. Terry and Jennifer sebele.

  14. Dearest Mary Lynn I am so very sorry for your loss. May your beautiful memories sustain you. I live in Blenheim now and when lockdowns are done would love to spend some time with you. Fondly, Pat Morrell, Gammage, McDonnell

  15. To the Burk family
    Ken hired me into Siemens in 1995 and I worked for him for 5 years but I knew him and loved him until his passing.
    One of the best guys I’ve known and it saddens my heart with yours on his passing.
    I’ll never forget him!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Frank Booth

  16. Marylynn and family, deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you, sure thinking of Kenn what a great good person, only knew you for a few wonderful years, had many great memories will be so so missed

  17. to all the Burk family, we are so sorry for your loss. Sometimes things just happen too soon. He will be missed.

  18. Dear Burk Family: It’s with a heavy heart that I learn of his passing. I worked with Kenn during my Chatham days. He was a great, common sense person. One story to share is when we had the annual Chrysler hockey games. I worked with Kenn to help get our Team jerseys that we used very year along with Peter H. It was a Family outing where after the game, we would go to a local Windsor, Ontario restaurant for our meal and socialize. Condolences to Us all and the Burk Family.

  19. I was saddened to hear the news of Ken’s passing:(. Sending my heartfelt condolences to the whole Burke clan. I have such fond memories when I would spend time at the farm with Nancy and her siblings during the summers when we were kids. Precious memories will bring some healing

  20. Mary Lynn and family,
    Peter and I are so sorry to hear of Kenn’s passing. I worked at Siemens as well and knew Kenn well. He had a great personality and always had a smile on his face. Very personable. He will be missed by many.
    May he have Peace now.

  21. Mary Lynn and family, I too am saddened with the news of Kenn’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. He will surely be missed by all he came in contact with. The fond, fond memories will be a huge help in bringing to peace for all the family. I knew him as a driving force in our little group on Cotton Court in Florida. This is my fond memory of Kenn, I’ll keep. My thoughts are with you all in this sad time.

    Jim Harper

  22. Dear Burk Family,
    My heart felt condolences to the entire family. I offer you my deepest sympathy. The news of Ken’s passing immediately brought a sense of sadness and I began to reminisce about all of our days at Siemens. He was always admired, well liked, hardworking, strong team member and our customers simply loved him. He was indeed a good man. May he rest in peace and may your fondness memories of him live a lifetime.

  23. Mary Lynn I am so sorry to hear of Kens passing. I remember babysitting for you years ago in Highgate. I hope you and your family keep the memories of him close to your hearts especially during this time of sorrow.

    Bobbi (Coakley) Brown

  24. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, MaryLynn and family. Our family is saddened with the loss of Kenn and will miss his many visits. We will always remember that smile. Take care of yourselves. Dave and Carolyn

  25. Condolences to the Burk family. Before “Covid” we had a lovely visit with “Kenny” at the grocery store. Lots of reminiscing and good memories. Hope you are having opportunities to share your great memories of a man who loved you all.
    Garry and Elaine Warriner

  26. MaryLynne & family:
    John & I are sorry to hear of Kenn’s passing. You and your family have had a few tough years lately!
    We both worked with Kenn at Siemens in Chatham and John in Tilbury. I will never forget his smile; it was always there! He was a very nice gentleman which was taken from this world way too soon. We are sure that your family will have many great memories of Kenn. Our condolences to the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Take Care!

  27. Mary Lynn, Jason, Julie, Kristen, Jeremy, Lyndsay, Kyle & Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kenn. He was a wonderful, kind guy and a true gentleman. I always enjoyed the chats and lots of laughs I had with you and Kenn whenever we met while out in the community.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and the entire Burk Family during this difficult and sad time.

  28. Our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the entire Burk family for the sad loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather. Ken was a true gentleman, quick with a smile and a kind word to share. It was easy to like and respect Ken. May he rest in peace.

  29. Mary Lynn and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad and difficult time. Love never dies but our memories and love live on in our hearts forever.

  30. I knew Kenneth during my years working for Chrysler. He was a man who I enjoyed working with. I was also able to spend time with him outside of work were we would talk about life, which I learned how much he enjoyed his family and his work. My prayers are with his family and friends. Kenneth you will be truly missed.

  31. Mary Ann & Family
    We were sorry to hear of Ken’s. We spent many night and day at the arena.
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Dayle & Donna

    1. Mary Ann, Jason, Kristin and Lyndsay and families my condolences to you all. From the bottom of my heart I am truly sorry for your loss.

      Cherish the memories and hold one another close.

      Doug Walker
      David Walker JR
      Dan Walker
      Dave Walker SR

  32. Sad news to hear today. Our days go all the way back to that two room brick schoolhouse on the fourth line. I hadn’t kept in touch with Kenn over the years but last winter at the arena he tapped on my back and said do you remember me. What a nice catch up visit we had. Rest in Peace my friend.

  33. We are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Our families have always been close and Ken was like one of our own. We send our love and comfort to the family.

  34. Dear Mary Lynn and family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Kenn was a very nice man, very well liked by all. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  35. Dear Mary Lynn and family
    We are very sorry to hear of your loss . Kenn was a very nice man, he will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  36. Mary Lynn and family

    We are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. May the wonderful memories of your husband, father and grandfather give you comfort and peace. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Frank, Pam, Alena and Jared Fiala

  37. So sorry to hear about your loss.Mr Burke was a great guy.Always putting others first.Loved being here in Fla also.He will be missed but know he is with the Lord now & no more pain no more suffering.He has a new life now walking the roads of gold with the Lord.he will always be in our hearts.So glad I had got to know both of the Burke.So caring to all.May the Lord bless you in this time of need.My prayers are with you always.God Bless, Susan

  38. Our condolences to the family. May your memories bring comfort and strength for the days ahead.

  39. Mary Lynn -our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Kenn. I remember the day I met Kenn at Blenheim High. When you became part of his life he would rush from Blenheim to Ridgetown so he could see you before you got on the bus for home. I have great memories of the three “Burk boys”, Kenn, Tom and myself growing up together at Blenheim High. We also enjoyed a few get togethers as families, particularly the few days we spent with you in Clarkston. May all of your happy memories comfort you in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  40. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Condolences to the Burk family.I worked with Ken also while he was a foreman at Siemens, going back a number of years. Always a good guy. Enjoyed working with him. R.I.P. my friend.

  41. Dear Mary Lynn, sending our sincere condolences to you and your family with the loss of Kenn. He was always Kenny to us! We will miss his kind and generous spirit. Hanging out with him and Dad at the Woodward Dream Cruise is just one of the many good times and special memories that our families have shared over the decades. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you can find comfort in knowing that he is safe in God’s memory. Love from the Carter girls – Barbara, Gayle, Cathy and Susan.

  42. So sorry to hear of Kenn’s Passing. He was a wonderful roll model to many kids. There were many happy moments with hockey and tournaments. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    Carol Ann Harrison/Balmer

  43. My condolences to Mary Lynn, Jason, Kristen, Lindsay , and your family. Sometimes people have a positive imprint on our lives. For me, Mr. Burk was one of those people.

  44. Mary Lynn & Family,
    Our deepest condolences to your family. Kenn was one of those people who always had a smile for you & a kind word. We remember fondly all the time we spent at the arena, & what a wonderful role model he was for the boys on his hockey teams. Our thought & prayers are with you.
    John & Sonia Simpson

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