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1933 PADDY BURKE 2007
"Together we can make a difference!"
A Tribute by John Doxey
Paddy Burke began life on the 2nd March 1933 in Ticknock, Co
Dublin where he grew up. He became a pupil at Sandyford National School
and started work age 14 in the Mountain forestry department. He became very
interested in sport in particular running, and this interest was to remain
throughout his life.
He started his traineeship at Treeton Colliery and then moved to nearby Thurcroft Colliery after completing his initial training at Treeton pit. Paddy, for one reason or another decided to leave the coal industry and was next found at the A. E. I. Steelworks located on Shepcote Lane as a paint sprayer. He then tried his hand as a cable puller during the construction of the Parkgate Steel Works.
He married his wife Mary in 1958 and they raised a family of five.
Possibly influenced by a better wage Paddy returned to mining in 1963 and became employed as a faceworker at Thurcroft Colliery. Shortly after this he once again changed the place of his employment arriving at Silverwood in 1963, where he was to remain until his retirement.
Not being the type to sit back and let the World move around him, Paddy became a local union representative at Silverwood, and was there in that capacity during the miners strike of 1984, actively supporting his co-workers in the struggle.
I remember Paddy back in the 1960's seeing him attending Mass at St. Gerard's Church Thrybergh, and always actively engaged in conversation after the service.
Meanwhile Paddy's sporting interest prevailed and he was a member of both the Coventry Godiva Harriers, and also the Rotherham Harriers, taking part in the Dublin Marathon's 1988 and 1989.and also the London Marathon. He also managed local football teams as he had a firm conviction that children should be actively involved in sport, as a means of boosting self confidence, and learning how to work with others as a team, this he believed would enhance their lives and give them a firm base upon which to build a happy successful life.
The village of Dalton became his permanent home where he lived with his wife Mary and their children, and the village gained a man who was to become very actively involved in the local community when he became a Parish Councillor.
Striving to improve the local environment and with a particular emphasis on children he was to work successfully in his position as Councillor for the next forty years.
Retiring from Silverwood in 1986 he continued with
his involvement within local politics as he now had more time to concentrate
upon that part of his life, and soon became vice-chairman of the
Yorkshire Local Councils Association. By 1994 he was a Borough
Councillor for the Valley Ward and also served on various council
committees, and even recently held the chair of the Wentworth
South Area Assembly. In a recent welcome speech to a meeting of the latter
Paddy stated "
It is my intention, along with my elected
colleagues for the Rawmarsh, Silverwood
and Valley wards, to bring all communities
He was also an executive member of the National Local Councils Associations.
In 2006 Paddy Bourke was elected as Deputy Mayor of Rotherham in recognition of his achievements in local politics, a great tribute to a great man.
Tragically he was not to be sworn in as mayor at the Rotherham Borough Council's annual meeting on Friday 18th May 2007, fate decreed otherwise, and just eight days away from becoming Mayor he sadly passed away at home on the 10th May 2007 .
In a final tribute ironically held on the day he should have been proclaimed Mayor a Civic Service was held at St. Maryís RC Church, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham. The Requiem Mass was conducted by Father Peter Hurley, the former Parish Priest at St. Gerardís, Thrybergh, where Paddy attended mass for many years, Father Hurley is now the Parish Priest at St. Patrickís, in Sheffield.
I suppose the term "Man of the People" has been used many times but it is a term that very aptly describes Paddy, he knew the local people and understood perfectly their needs, because he had shared the same life as they, a man who believed " Together we can make a difference."
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