In Memory

Brian Bourke

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09/08/14 11:05 PM #1    

Karl Morthole

Brian and I were friends in the grade school years, though I met him through some neighbor kids who lived nearer to me.  Brian's family lived in Williamsburg Village on the north side, about half way around the loop. Their back yard bordered the grass field to the north of WV next to the forest that went all the way west to Crawford, before the Timber Ridge residential area was constructed and before Timber Ridge School was built to take up some of the over-crowding at College Hill School.  Eventually, of course, College Hill was retired, and Walker School was built to replace it.  Brian had a great treehouse in his back yard, and we used to hang out there and sometimes played in the grass field and the forest.  The neighbor kids who introduced me to Brian went to St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, and I think Brian may have also, because I did not know him at College Hill.  As it sometimes happens, we drifted apart in Jr. High and High School and lost touch.  But he was a good guy when I knew him.

09/09/14 11:22 AM #2    

Patrick Furlong

Brian and I barely interacted at ETHS, but I saw him a few times over the past few years--the last time in late summer of 2011--because he was close friends with my brother-in-law Bill Henderson.  A couple of decades ago Bill started his own graphics business in Chicago, Henderson Co., and Brian was a graphic designer who did work for him.  Brian also was an accomplished artist who substitute taught at New Trier.  He suffered from failing health for several years before his passing in 2012 and is greatly missed by his family and friends.

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