Kelly Francis Burke BERLIN — Kelly Francis Burke, 57, of Stewart Road, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Central Vermont Medical Center. He was born in Woodsville, New Hampshire, the son of Anne (Olmstead) and Raymond Burke. Kelly graduated from Union 32 High School in 1980. In 1983, he decided he wanted to expand his family’s farm and started a dairy partnership with his mother. He continued to be a dairy producer with his herd of Ayrshires, until his death. On May 30, 1992, he married Renee Benoit. Kelly was an accomplished guitarist and musician playing in a number of local bands over the years, including the “Fanatix” and “Home Grown.” In recent years, he had been producing and recording his own songs on CDs. Kelly is survived by his wife, Renee Burke, of Berlin; his children Beckey and husband Ross, of Gloucester, Virginia, Brandy Burke and partner Matthew Watts, of Garner, North Carolina, and Bonnie Cloe Burke Whiteside and partner Luke Callow, of Manchester, England; his father, Raymond Burke, of Berlin; his siblings Lyn Morris and husband Joe, Brody “Sam” Burke and wife Lucia, all of Berlin; his grandchildren Colin, Hayden and Erin Trottier, Brionna and Elija Watts, Ashley and Amber Thompson; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ayrshire Breeders Association Scholarship Fund, 1224 Alton Darby Creek Road, Suite B, Columbus, OH 43228.

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So sorry for your loss Sam and Kelly's family. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed dearly by many. I graduated with Kelly and always considered him a good friend. I will miss seeing him at the Tunbridge Fair. God Bless.

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