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Best friend fondly remembers New York Irish banker Bill Burke

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14.06.2018

I met Bill Burke at the launch of the Bank of Ireland in the Astoria Manor in 1977 and we've been friends ever since.

I was devastated by Monday morning's news of his death. We had some good times together.

I remember when he was selected for New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal in 1988 I accompanied him to many events and we had a lot of laughs, especially when at times we were inattentive and got lost.

We had a mutual friend, Mike Synott, who had a travel agency in the city. He was a great wit and we both enjoyed his company.

Read more: Bill Burke - a true legend who will be missed

When he died Bill and I traveled together to his wake in Brooklyn. Bill drove and we didn't stay long at the wake as I was leaving for Ireland that evening.

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Bill Burke as the Grand Marshal at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

Bill Burke as the Grand Marshal at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

Shortly after starting for home Bill's........

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