Timothy P. Burke, age 81, former chief of security for Buffalo Raceway and licensed private investigator at Amherst passed away last Monday, August 20m 2018 at Harris Hill Nursing Home because of an illness.
Burke was the second child among six siblings in a humble home in Buffalo. He finished secondary education at Bishop Fallon High School in 1955. Afterwards, he enrolled at St. Lawrence College and finished an associate’s degree at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
He started working at Edward J. Burke Investigation and Auto Recovery Bureau in 1956. This was his parents’ company and is currently known as E.J. Burke Security. He eventually became the vice president of the company and in the 60s, it even became the largest detective agency in the western side of New York.
Starting on His Own
Thereafter, in 1966, he established his own company named Tim Burke Security Service and worked with his deceased brother Edward Jr. Edward Jr. founded Burke Security Inc./ E.J. Burke Jr. Inc., known all over the nation as a popular armoured car and security company.
From 1984 to 1994, Timothy Burke worked as head of security operations at the Buffalo Raceway. After ten years in this job, he later worked in audit insurance as an auditor.
Later in 2002, he worked as a child support investigators at Erie County Department of Social Services and retired after then long years of service in 2012.
Life outside Work
Outside work, he was an active member St. Amelia’s Catholic Church. He also served as president for Holy Name Society and was awarded Holy Name Society Man of the Year. In 2003, he also received the Monsignor John Lodge McHugh Lifelong Service Award.
He once won $2 million in 1986 through lottery. He bought a Lotto 48 ticket in the Town of Tonawanda and was the sole winner. The first thing he did was to change his phone number because he “knew what would happen,” as he said to a Buffalo News reporter then.
He lived a full live working in security services, audit insurance, and an active life outside his career. He and his family later established a scholarship program called Sean burke Memorial Scholarship Fund for St. Amelia’s School where his five children studied. It was named after this son, Sean, who passed away unexpectedly eleven years ago.