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Alan Thomas Burke, 68, Mechanicsville

Alan Thomas “Tom” Burke, 68, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Indian Head, died Sept. 13, 2012, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Born April 8, 1944, in the District, he was the son of the late James Thomas Burke and the late Beatrice Bell Schawkey Burke.

Mr. Burke was a member of Hughesville Baptist Church in Hughesville and a 1962 graduate of Lackey High School. He was planning to attend his 50th reunion this year. He was a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art. Art and photography were his special interests. He pursued a career in graphic arts and fashion photography. He also designed the Dole banana label that the company used for many years.

In later years, he discovered his true calling and became an art teacher. He taught art at Grace Lutheran School, La Plata and Kings Christian Academy, Callaway, where he painted the KCA Eagle that hangs on the gym wall. He enjoyed traveling, his dogs, listening to books on tape, doing research on many subjects and being involved with his grandchildren. In his retirement years he enjoyed keeping in touch with his friends. He encouraged those who were sick and in need with cards, phone calls, visits and prayers. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He was known for his novelty tie collection and always having candy in his pocket to share.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Jean Matala Burke; children, Shawn Burke of Washington, Brian Bos and his wife, Valerie of Georgia, Thomas Burke of Pennsylvania, Timothy Burke and his wife, Kristin of Florida, Lisa Burke of Washington and Jennifer Donaldson and her husband, Scott of St. Mary’s City; grandchildren, Weston, Tanner, Cody and Abigail Donaldson, Mason Burke, Nicholas, Emily and Christopher Bos and Miles Burke; and brother, James Burke and his wife, Loretta of Welcome.

A life celebration will be held from 3-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hughesville Baptist Church, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, with procession to cemetery to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 or to Kings Christian Academy, 20738 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, MD 20620.

Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall.