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Bill Burke, former TJSL President, passes away
by posted 08/13/2021


Bill Burke, Teaneck Soccer

Bill Burke -- The Final Whistle

With a heavy heart, the TJSL Board of Trustees announces the loss of Bill Burke, a long-time TJSL Board member and former President. Bill’s contributions to the TJSL community have been tremendous and we will miss him greatly. Bill had a special energy and passion he took to the soccer field each time he walked the pitch, first as a parent & coach and then as a TJSL Board member. Bill knew the players, coaches, and parents, many by name.  He was always ready to tackle any issue that arose, especially as we approached Championship Sunday.  He loved spending time with parents explaining the ins and outs of the game helping them to understand what was happening.

Bill had many significant accomplishments while he was TJSL President. When Bill joined the TJSL Board we were a recreation-only League. It was Bill’s vision and drive to build our League to support multiple levels of play that led to the inclusion of club games.  This program is what many families in Teaneck enjoy today and know as the FC Teaneck travel program.  Bill worked hard to make our expanded League open to all Teaneck residents, by juggling schedules for our recreation and club-level programs, adding volunteer opportunities & college scholarships for Teaneck's high school students, and introducing financial aid for low-income families.  Hundreds of players play on the new Votee Sportsplex turf field.  Building these fields took many years and the dedication and hard work of Bill representing TJSL to ensure our needs were met.  Bill also used his skills in marketing and communications to modernize the entire TJSL marketing program, design a new logo, and add a TJSL presence on social media.  The pictures we see on Facebook or on our website were taken by Bill as he walked the fields, camera in hand.  Bill was a master visionary who benefited TJSL with his skills to expand the League to its state today, supporting hundreds of players each season by providing them with programs at a skill level where they can enjoy the game.

The above merely touches on the many accomplishments Bill’s impact has had on TJSL over the years.  The players, families, and the TJSL Board of Trustees will miss Bill’s always smiling face greeting them on the pitch. We are immensely grateful for the time, energy, and commitment Bill shared with the TJSL community.

Our sincerest condolences to Bill’s wife Patty and their children Erin & Ryan.

 

Obituary

For details on the wake and funeral arrangements: https://www.volkleberfuneralhome.com/obituaries/William-Burke-22/#!/Obituary

William (Bill) Burke, age 55, of Teaneck passed away on August 9, 2021. He was currently the Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Communications at Licensing International, and previously worked for CBS Consumer Products, HIT Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, and Footlocker. Bill graduated from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He also served as President and on the Board of Teaneck Junior Soccer League for more than a decade.

Bill loved living life to the fullest whether it was spending time with his family and friends, traveling the globe, coaching young athletes, spending a cool afternoon on the golf course, or supporting all of his Boston sports teams, “even those dang Red Sox”.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Fraser) Burke, daughter Erin Burke, son Ryan Burke, parents John and Patricia Burke, sister Lisa Burke, and his mother-in-law Irma Hess.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill’s memory be made to the Camp Nejeda Foundation, a summer camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, at campnejeda.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 156, Stillwater, NJ 07875

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