Formr Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John W. Burke has died, town officiasl said. He was 85.
Burke, a Syosset native, who served from 1970 to 1976 died on Feb. 21, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto, who led a moment of silence in memory of Burke, at last week's board meeting.
"He was a consummate family man," Venditto said. "He was an excellent jurist who served for many, many years on the Nassau County Supreme Court.
The Republican Supervisor helped expand recreational programs and facilities and seniors seeking to retire and remain in the Town. Six senior citizen housing complexes were built during his administration.
He served in the Marines during World War II and graduated from St. John's in 1949. He graduated from Cornell law and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1953. He also held a law degree from NYU.
Burke raised eight children with his wife Patricia.