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EDWARD J. BURKE, POLICEMAN, FOUNDER OF SECURITY BUSINESS, DIES AT AGE 60

Edward J. Burke, 60, of Manhattan, a former Buffalo policeman who once headed a nationally known security and armored car business, died Wednesday (Oct. 16, 1996) at Beth Israel Hospital in Neww York after a brief illness.

The Buffalo native was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and Niagara University. He served in the Army and was a Buffalo police officer from 1961 to 1963.

In 1963, he went to work as an undercover and rackets investigator for the New York Harbor Waterfront Commission, conducting investigations into the backgrounds and activities of notorious criminals.

He participated in a major investigation that resulted in the recovery of $250,000 worth of cargo stolen from piers within the port and the arrests of 20 individuals involved in the thefts.

After his stint on the waterfront, Burke in 1965 founded Burke Security Inc./E.J. Burke Jr. Inc., with offices in Buffalo and New York. The company expanded to include offices in California, Florida and New Jersey and more than 1,500 persons.

The company provided electronic monitoring, uniformed guards, alarm systems, mobile patrols, armored cars, special police, investigations, polygraph services and shopping protection to clients that included some of the nation's largest banks and industries.

After selling the business in 1989, Burke, a licensed private investigator and process server, re-entered the security and investigation business in 1992, establishing Burke International at Great Neck, L.I. He was president of the firm at the time of his death.

He was a member of the International Narcotic Officers Association.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in New York City.

A second Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Cathedral on Franklin Street. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Perisi; four sons, Edward John, Brendon and Gregory, all of New York City, and Christopher of Miami; his mother, Ruth Burke of Amherst; three sisters, Sister Sheila of Swormville, Anne Creenan of the Town of Tonawanda and Eileen Lestitian of Amherst; and two brothers, Timothy and Patrick, both of the Town of Tonawanda.[hdkns]

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