Richard W. Burke, Sr., age 74, of SaddleBrooke, AZ, passed peacefully Wednesday evening, November 1, 2017 with his caring family at his side. Rich was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 26, 1943, son to Anna (Caiati) and William E. Burke. Also predeceasing him are his sister Emily (Vissicchio) and her husband Joseph Nelli; niece Lorraine (Nelli) Presley and her daughter Emily Trump; and cousin Joseph Caiati.\n\n \n\nHe is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Carol (Becker) Burke; their two devoted sons and daughter-in-laws Rick and Adrienne Burke and Michael and Jani Burke; his beloved granddaughters: Emily, Elizabeth, Madison, and Makayla Burke; his cousins Annette Lieberman, Jerry Caiati, Barbara Rivero and Carol Battle; his nephews Robert (Gail) Nelli and Joseph Nelli; grandnephews Frederick Van Norman, Ryan Nelli and Andrew Trump; grandniece Rachael Nelli and many other dear friends.\n\n \n\nRich graduated from Hunter-Tannersville High School in the Catskill Mountains of New York and attended college at C.W. Post on Long Island, before enlisting in the United States Navy. He served on active duty from 1963-1969 on the nuclear submarine the USS Theodore Roosevelt stationed in New London, CT where he received training in nuclear engineering. During his enlistment he married Carol on August 7, 1965 and began their family in 1969. \n\n \n\nUsing the skills learned from his tenure in the Navy, Rich worked primarily for the nuclear power industry in various management capacities and as an auditor of nuclear power plants for businesses such as Vermont Yankee and ISO New England. He also worked for EPRI in the Silicon Valley(CA) as a researcher. When he retired in 2011, he continued working until the end of 2016 as a consultant/auditor for NERC ERO Standards Compliance Solutions. Throughout his career, he was a member of the Elks Lodges of the BPOE, recently the lodge in Catalina, AZ.\n\n \n\nRich and Carol raised their sons in Greenfield, MA and San Jose, CA\n\nwhere Rich coached their hockey and baseball teams. Rich loved sports, coaching and making a difference developing young athletes that shared a love for baseball and hockey. When his granddaughter Emily, a freshman, was selected for the Varsity hockey team at SUNY Potsdam, he was so proud and watched her play a game they won just a few weeks ago streamed live on his computer. It was also fitting that the last game of the World Series was playing on Rich's TV when he passed as baseball was a sport he has loved since he was a child devoted to the NY Yankees. \n\n \n\nAlways interested in travel, Rich and Carol took memorable trips to Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Tahiti, Cancun, and Germany, where they visited Carol's family home along with smaller trips to parks and attractions in the areas where they lived. An avid collector in many areas Rich loved cars and was the proud owner of a 2008 Corvette in mint condition. \n\n \n\nMost importantly, Rich was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who loved him. \n\n \n\nThe family would like to thank the staff at Oro Valley Hospital and Casa de la Luz for their kindnesses and care. \n\n \n\nA military funeral service will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm at the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at 15950 N. Luckett Road in Marana with a reception following at the Burke home.\n\n \n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elks Lodges of Catalina, AZ or Greenfield, MA or to the American Lung Association.