Joseph C. Rourke age 75 of Carlisle passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. He was the husband of Renate (Feder) Rourke
Born in Boston on August 27, 1933 he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Mary E. (Ring) Rourke. Raised and educated in West Roxbury, he attended Cathedral High School and later attended and graduated from Boston College in 1955.
Mr. Rourke lived for several years in West Germany where he married, and moved back to the Boston area in the mid-1960’s. In the late 1960’s he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia, where he lived until 1975. He then moved to Paris, France, where he lived until the early 1980’s. After moving back to the U.S. to live in Carlisle, he moved abroad again and lived in Holland for two years, before returning to the U.S.
Mr. Rourke was a Certified Public Accountant and spent almost 30 years working and traveling for Raytheon Corporation. Upon retirement he continued to enjoy traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a voracious reader and a particularly keen student of history.
Besides his wife he is survived by his two children, Carina Burns of Palo Alto, CA and Dennis Rourke of Lexington. He was also the grandfather to 5 grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of Glenn D. Burlamachi
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