Michael Vincent Bourke passed away suddenly at UCLA Medical Center on March 9. He was 56.
Born on May 25, 1956 along with twin sister Mary, in Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, Michael (as well as Mary) grew up in Ireland with eight other siblings. He had lived in Pacific Palisades for the past 16 years, where he was a familiar sight around the neighborhood chatting with those he met along the way, while walking his dogs, Calvin and Cole.
Michael began his career in hospitality at an early age, first helping his mother at the Dunraven Hotel. From there he moved to Limerick City and became manager at the Savoy Theatre, where he stayed for many years. Michael next moved on to the Clare Inn, where he progressed through the ranks. Michael continued to progress in his career and moved to the Cayman Islands, where he worked for the next 10 years as manager of the Regency Club at the Grand Hyatt.
In 1995, Michael married his beautiful wife Shirley and moved to California. In recent years he worked at Santa Anita racetrack.
Loved greatly by anyone he met, Michael will be remembered by his family and friends for his infectious smile, his boundless enthusiasm, and his genuine compassion for others. He was always ready to help and strangers quickly became friends.
Best known for his uncanny rapport with people from all walks of life, Michael was a collector of friends. He was a gentleman and one of the nicest, most sincere people you could ever meet. Michael had many diverse interests including golf, world travel, politics, reading and rodeo.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Eileen and Arthur, and a sister, Joan. He is survived by his beloved wife Shirley, devoted son Morgan (12), nine siblings, 19 nieces and nephews and many relatives/friends around the globe.
Michael was an active member at Corpus Christi Church and School. A Memorial Mass was held at Corpus Christi on March 14, with Msgr. Liam Kidney as celebrant and Fr. Dennis Mongrain and Fr. Jack Foley as co-celebrants.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michael’s name to The Sisters of St. Louis (attn. Sister Judith Dieterie), 22300 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.
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