BOURKE, Dr Michael Joseph OAM

Born on August 18, 1936. Passed away January 6, 2022.

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
St Laurences Catholic Church 31 Ogilvy Street, LeongathaView Map

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 -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.

  1. 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.
    With sympathy, and thanks.
    The Holderheads

    Averill Holderhead January 10, 2022
  2. 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. 💐💐💐

    Jeanie Funnell January 10, 2022
  3. A lovely person and doctor rest in peace Kim Coote and family

    Kim coote January 10, 2022
  4. 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 & family

    kerry hogan January 10, 2022
  5. 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 RIP
    Sue Herrald Martin

    Sue Martin January 10, 2022
  6. 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.
    Thankyou for the wonderful care you gave over the years.

    Linda D January 10, 2022
  7. 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, Ireland

    Caroline Connolly January 10, 2022
  8. 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.

    Keith and Pat KUHNE January 11, 2022
  9. 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.

    Ruth & Ian le Serve January 11, 2022
  10. 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.
    May his dear soul rest in peace
    Delsie Walsh.

    Delsie Walshde January 11, 2022
  11. 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.
    He will be sadly missed by us all.
    From the team at Leongatha Healthcare

    Leongatha Healthcare January 11, 2022
  12. Thank you for your help and support over many years. Forever grateful.

    John Zun January 11, 2022
  13. Dr Michael Bourke, the last of four wonderful doctors who started our Medical Clinic where it is today. Compassionate, with a strong work ethic
    and love for his patients. Deepest Sympathy to Terese and all of his family.

    Rhonda Debenham January 11, 2022
  14. 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.

    Linda Hughes January 11, 2022
  15. 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.

    John and Judy O'Neill January 11, 2022
  16. 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.

    Elixabeth Dunlop January 11, 2022
  17. 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 missed
    Love to all the family
    Maree Crofts

    Maree Crofts January 11, 2022
  18. 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 Baker

    Christine Baker January 11, 2022
  19. 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 x

    Fiona Lee January 11, 2022
  20. Dr Bourke
    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.

    Tanya Weaver January 11, 2022
  21. A well respected man and Doctor. Good friend to all and especially the Hinds family. Will be sadly missed. Condolences to Bourke family.

    Mick Hinds January 12, 2022
  22. To Therese an family, Dr Michael was a true gentleman and great Doctor always had time for a chat. From Peg & Peter McAlpine

    Peter McAlpine January 12, 2022
  23. 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.

    Helen Barrow January 12, 2022
  24. Condolences to the Bourke family, we have lost the last of the “Fab 4”.

    Kathy H January 12, 2022
  25. 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, Ireland

    Peggy & Jackie Connolly, Dundalk, Ireland January 12, 2022
  26. Dr Bourke,
    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.

    Marg Cantwell January 12, 2022
  27. 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.

    Margaret Noonan January 12, 2022
  28. 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.

    Alan and Shirley Forbes January 12, 2022
  29. Sending condolences to Therese and all of Dr Bourkes family.
    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

    Valerie Young (Slavin) January 13, 2022
  30. 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 –
    the Eagger Girls, Sarah, Jane, Vicki and Fiona x

    Fiona Eagger January 13, 2022
  31. The smell of BBQ meat in 1974 announced the arrival of our family Doctor to the delivery suite ; enter Dr. M. Bourke .
    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 .

    Elaine Snell January 13, 2022
  32. Great memories of a true family doctor.
    Burge family

    Gail Burge January 15, 2022
  33. 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 RIP

    Pat Pease January 16, 2022
  34. One of the very finest men that I have known and a great friend.

    James Breheny January 16, 2022
  35. Bourke, Dr Michael (OAM), Leongatha
    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
    and Families
    Deeply missed and In God’s Care

    Joan Crowe January 16, 2022
  36. Deepest Sympathy to Aunty Therese, Gabrielle, Justine, David, Peter, Sarah & Families.
    A kind, jovial and caring Uncle who enjoyed life with his vast extended family. RIP
    Elizabeth Crowe and Family

    Elizabeth Crowe January 16, 2022
  37. 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 with
    Fiona and Ian Townsing and Claire O’Callaghan

    Fiona Townsing January 16, 2022
  38. 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.

    Debbie Poole January 16, 2022
  39. ,Our sincere sympathy Theras’e. ,on the loss of your dear Michael ,our prayers & love will be with you tomorrow Kath &Gerald Dore

    Kath Dore(Monahan) January 16, 2022
  40. Deepest sympathy to Therese and family, a wonderful gentleman who will be sadly missed
    Lila O’Connor & family

    Ellen Wilson January 16, 2022
  41. Dear Aunty Therese and all the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. The world is a smaller place without Uncle Michael’s care, compassion, humour and generosity. May he rest in God’s peace after a life of giving to make the world better. We are very sorry in being unable to physically attend.
    Stephen Crowe and family

    Stephen Crowe January 17, 2022
  42. A wonderful, kind doctor. Thank you Michael for your care of my late Dad, Allan Buckley. Deepest sympathy to Therese & family.
    Requiescat in Pace Michael.
    Helen Buckley fcJ

    Helen Buckley January 17, 2022
  43. Our deepest sympathy to the Bourke family ,Dr Michael was our family doctor for many years.
    A kind caring gentleman
    The Close family.

    Douglas Close January 17, 2022
  44. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today Justine and the whole Bourke family. May you give him a wonderful send off and celebration of his life.
    Peter and Kim Grotjan

    Peter Grotjan January 17, 2022
  45. Super bloke and a great man.

    James Breheny January 17, 2022
  46. Farewell to a friend and neighbour. We’ll miss you at our neighbors get togethers.
    Love to Therese and family xxx

    Glenys Paterson January 17, 2022
  47. Deepest sympathy to Therese, Gabrielle, Justine, Dave, Pete, Sarah and families. He was such a wonderful man that has left such an incredible legacy. Thinking of you all, Steph, Paul, George and Xavier Duboudin.

    Stephanie Duboudin January 17, 2022
  48. Michael Bourke was true gentleman and a wonderful servant to his community. Proud old SPC collegian and good friend to all of us former SPC students. Sincere sympathy to Therese and all the Bourke Clan. May his dear soul rest in peace from Marie and Mac Healy

    Mac Healy January 17, 2022
  49. Dear Therese, Gabriel, David, Justine, Peter and Sarah and families.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate Michael’s life together. Our deepest condolences and we will always remember him as a caring and loving husband and father who was a role model and inspiration to many.

    Vale and rest in peace.

    John and Joanie Crowe and family

    John Crowe January 17, 2022
  50. Sincere condolences to all the family.
    Paula Sturma

    Paula Sturma (Torcutti ) January 17, 2022
  51. To Therese & Family
    A true gentleman
    Michael and Mario made a great team ….
    Remembered always
    The Seabrook family

    Jim & Shirley January 17, 2022
  52. To Therese & Family
    Our love and sympathy on the loss of Michael
    Remembered always
    The Seabrook family

    Jim & Shirley January 17, 2022
  53. Very sad and a perfect gentleman and wonderful doctor and a wonderful neighbour from
    Richard and Margaret Denbrok

    Richard And Margie Denbrok January 17, 2022
  54. He was a great doctor but most importantly he was a lovely man. My sincere sympathies to the whole family.

    Katrina Markley January 17, 2022
  55. Such a lovely man my sympathies to all of the family

    Katrina Markley January 17, 2022
  56. My deepest sympathy & heartfelt condolences to Therese & family. Michael was a wonderful servant to the aged & indeed, the community in general. Fly high “Bourkey” …may your dear soul RIP

    Jill Wigney January 17, 2022
  57. Very sad to hear the news that Dr Bourke has passed away. Fond memories of a caring doctor and gentleman. Sincere condolences to Mrs Bourke and all the Bourke family.

    Sarah Salmons January 18, 2022
  58. Michael was a lovely man and a great friend of the England family. Always interested in what others were up to,. A selfless, humble, and gentle man. We were deeply saddened to hear of his parting but thankful for his friendship. Our thoughts go out to Therese and family.

    David and Sue England

    David and Sue England January 18, 2022
  59. Dr Bourke will be forever remembered for his compassion and care during years as our childhood family doctor, then later on at various sporting events supporting his beloved grandchildren.
    Sending our love and deepest condolences to Justine, Therese, and extended family
    Andrew & Cate Close

    Andrew Close January 20, 2022
  60. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time Therese. Michael will be forever treasured and sadly missed. May you know the Lord’s peace at this difficult time. I pray these words from the Lord give you comfort. “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.”

    Dani Carter February 18, 2022