BOURKE, Dr Michael Joseph OAM
Devoted husband and soulmate of Therese for 59 years. A true-life partnership.
Adored and respected father of Gabrielle, Justine, David, Peter and Sarah. What a great role model you have been, we are all so proud to call you Dad.
Loving father in law of Nicholas, Royston, Sally and Virginia.
Much loved Grandpa of Louis, Reuben, Hugo, James, Lachlan, Thomas, Patrick, Olivia, Hugh, Annabel and Charlie.
He was a gentle compassionate family man with a strong faith and love of his community. His passions were his family, horse racing and sharing a good wine with those he loved.
Now in Gods loving care.Funeral Notice
The Funeral Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Michael Joseph Bourke will be held at St Laurences Catholic Church, Leongatha on Monday January 17, 2022 at 2:00pm. At the conclusion of Mass the Funeral will proceed to the Leongatha Cemetery.
If desired, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gippsland Southern Health Services https://www.gshs.com.au/donate -Reference Dr M.J Bourke envelopes will also be available at the Service.
The Mass will be livestreamed to view please click here.
Rosary will be recited at the Church on Sunday Evening (January 16, 2022) at 7:00pm.
Sad news. Michael was a respectful, popular old-style doctor who embraced his adoptive community and gave of himself through the long hours demanded of him by a country practice. Many remember those days, and are extremely grateful.January 10, 2022
With sympathy, and thanks.
What a wonderful doctor. We thank Dr Bourke for his wonderful service to our families over the years. He was such a good friend and support to my parents David and Daphne Stephens as well as our family. Loved him so much. Our deepest sympathy to all. Ron, Jeanie, Robyn and David. 💐💐💐January 10, 2022
A lovely person and doctor rest in peace Kim Coote and familyJanuary 10, 2022
an amazing photo of an amazing man – we were so sorry to hear your beloved Michael had passed away – please accept our deepest sympathy – Kerry Hogan & familyJanuary 10, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to Therese and family on the loss of your beloved husband and father. He was such a wonderful Doctor and amazing man. He along with Mario was our family Doctor all through the kids lives when they were young and also my mother when she was unwell, so much help in so many ways lots of love and respect for this wonderful man RIPJanuary 10, 2022
Sue Herrald Martin
My condolences to the family of a wonderful Doctor, I was the first set of twins to be delivered in the Leongatha hospital in 1969 by Doctor Bourke.January 10, 2022
Thankyou for the wonderful care you gave over the years.
My heartfelt condolences to the Bourke family on Michael’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael (and Therese) in Ireland a number of years ago and then later in Australia and to say that he left an impression is an understatement! A wonderful man who had such joie de vivre and a mischievous glint in the eye.
May the road rise to meet you Dr Bourke as you journey on; we are all the richer for having known you.
Rest in ever gentle peace.
Caroline Connolly, Dundalk, IrelandJanuary 10, 2022
Care, Compasssion and Friendship given to the people of Leongatha over many years. Croatto and Bourke what a wonderful team.! To Therese and all the family our warmest thoughts and sympathy. Keith and Pat.January 11, 2022
The last of an era of the original 4 doctors who started the Leongatha Medical Centre a much loved and respected Doctor by all staff of the hospital and the community.January 11, 2022
My sympathy to Therese and the Bourke family on the passing of Michael. A truly wonderful doctor where patients meant something when you were in his care.January 11, 2022
May his dear soul rest in peace
Extending our condolences to Therese and family on the passing of Dr Michael Bourke who is fondly remembered with love and respect. A very much loved doctor for many, many years.January 11, 2022
He will be sadly missed by us all.
From the team at Leongatha Healthcare
Thank you for your help and support over many years. Forever grateful.January 11, 2022
Dr Michael Bourke, the last of four wonderful doctors who started our Medical Clinic where it is today. Compassionate, with a strong work ethicJanuary 11, 2022
and love for his patients. Deepest Sympathy to Terese and all of his family.
Our heartfelt sympathy to Therese and family on Michaels sad passing. A wonderful man and caring Doctor who will be missed by so many. You are in our thoughts. Linda and Lachlan Hughes and family.January 11, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to Therese and family. So sad to hear of Michael’s passing. Such a lovely and considerate gentleman. We will all miss him, not forgetting all his service to the local community.January 11, 2022
Sincere condolences to Therese and the Bourke families. Dr Michael Bourke along with Dr Mario Croatto was our family Dr for many years. He was a kind, caring and a gentle man. Elizabeth and Stan Dunlop.January 11, 2022
Our love, thoughts and prayers to to you Therese’, Sarah & family. He was not only an amazing doctor, a great neighbour and wonderful friend. He certainly will be missedJanuary 11, 2022
Love to all the family
Oh that is so sad a wonderful man and a brilliant Doctor with a big compassionate heart . He will be very missed. To his wife and family my prayers are with you all Christine BakerJanuary 11, 2022
Condolences to all the family on the loss of Michael, especially to Therese, Pete, Gin, Annabel and Charlie. Special times remembering family fun times had together. All our Love The Lee family xJanuary 11, 2022
Dr BourkeJanuary 11, 2022
The best Dr ever I had the pleasure to have met, looked after my Dad, knew everyone’s name, helped me give away a bad smoking habit, but generally a good and delightful man, sadly missed, wish there were more of you, you can RIP you have done justice. Fly.
A well respected man and Doctor. Good friend to all and especially the Hinds family. Will be sadly missed. Condolences to Bourke family.January 12, 2022
To Therese an family, Dr Michael was a true gentleman and great Doctor always had time for a chat. From Peg & Peter McAlpineJanuary 12, 2022
Deepest sympathy to Therese and family on the passing of Dr Michael. An inspirational generous contributor to our local community over many years and in many ways. We thank him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.January 12, 2022
Condolences to the Bourke family, we have lost the last of the “Fab 4”.January 12, 2022
It is with sadness that we send our deepest sympathies to Therese and the Bourke family on hearing that your beloved Michael had passed away. It was a great pleasure to meet him on one of his trips to Ireland and again in his home in Leongatha. A kind and interesting gentleman, may he rest in peace in God’s heavenly garden. Jackie & Peggy Connolly, Dundalk, IrelandJanuary 12, 2022
Dr Bourke,January 12, 2022
What a wonderful man and very caring doctor to all our families. from parents, children then grandchildren, we will never forget what you did for all of us. Rest peacefully now.
Condolences to Therese and family our prayers are with you all.
Hec and Elaine Opray.
My deepest sympathy to Therese and family – your loss will be great! Doctor Michael was so supportive of my dad, Larry when he became very sick whilst visiting from Tassie! Sending blessings and prayers. Margaret Noonan.January 12, 2022
We would to extend our condolences to Therese and her family on the passing of Dr. Michael Bourke. Michael had a deep love of God and His Church and for those who came under his care as a doctor and friend. May his soul rest in peace, Alan and Shirley Forbes.January 12, 2022
Sending condolences to Therese and all of Dr Bourkes family.January 13, 2022
Such a loss to our Community in many fields.
He was a fantastic Dr, I was always greeted with a big smile and a chat about my dad’s Thoroughbreds before being asked the reason for my visit. he contributed so much to Stony Creek Racing Club over so many years and other community organizations.
Our community is richer for Dr Bourkes involvement and his achievements will stay with us forever.
Thank you from Val Young and Slavin family
Our heartfelt condolences to Therese and family. The original 4 doctors who started the Leongatha Medical Centre where a great team and gave greatly of themselves to the local community. RIP –January 13, 2022
the Eagger Girls, Sarah, Jane, Vicki and Fiona x
The smell of BBQ meat in 1974 announced the arrival of our family Doctor to the delivery suite ; enter Dr. M. Bourke .January 13, 2022
Memories of a caring , compassionate , knowledgeable general practitioner.
Condolences to the family on the death of your husband and father, your sacrifice of many disruptive events , we the community thanks you. RIP Dr. Michael Bourke .
Great memories of a true family doctor.January 15, 2022
Dear Therese, Gabrielle, Justine, David, Peter & Sarah, we are thinking of you at this very sad time. Michael was such a lovely man , someone who helped make our community such a great place to live. We remember fondly the wine bottlings. He was the best doctor my father ever had, certainly the only one he ever took advice from. Must have been their shared interest in race horses. Sorry we can’t be with you tomorrow. Love from Daryl, Pat, Jacqui, Kate and Adam Pease RIPJanuary 16, 2022
One of the very finest men that I have known and a great friend.January 16, 2022
Bourke, Dr Michael (OAM), LeongathaJanuary 16, 2022
Dearly loved husband of Therese (nee Monahan)
Loved brother-in-law of William (Bill) Monahan
Joan & Desmond (dec.) Crowe
Frances & Martyn Dabbs
Patricia & Abe (both dec.) Kay
Barbara & James (Jim) (both dec.) Monahan
Deeply missed and In God’s Care
Deepest Sympathy to Aunty Therese, Gabrielle, Justine, David, Peter, Sarah & Families.January 16, 2022
A kind, jovial and caring Uncle who enjoyed life with his vast extended family. RIP
Elizabeth Crowe and Family
Our deepest sympathy to Therese, Gabrielle, Justine, David, Peter, Sarah and all their families at this very sad time. A wonderful life lived to the fullest in every aspect, a man for others who made an impact with everyone Michael came in contact withJanuary 16, 2022
Fiona and Ian Townsing and Claire O’Callaghan
Sad to hear the loss of such a beautiful man, our family doctor along with Mario for many years, peace and blessings to his family.. thanks for the care and kindness you gave us all.. the wheatley family.January 16, 2022
,Our sincere sympathy Theras’e. ,on the loss of your dear Michael ,our prayers & love will be with you tomorrow Kath &Gerald DoreJanuary 16, 2022
Deepest sympathy to Therese and family, a wonderful gentleman who will be sadly missedJanuary 16, 2022
Lila O’Connor & family