By Colleen Burke Tripp
Honor and Mike Burke (my mom and dad) became a part of Weslemkoon history when back in the early 1970’s they started renting a cottage from Four Loons Marina. They loved it so much they decided to purchase a “shell” of a cottage from Jack Nichol on Nicol Island. It was a pretty clean slate to start working from. Rough cottaging to be sure, including the joy of using an outhouse…LOL. Propane went in for lighting, and a beautiful old wood stove for cooking, since then lots of inside construction, updating and renovations. Dad still owns it now but it is much bigger and beautiful then their original purchase.
Being a part of Weslemkoon was important enough for mom and dad to purchase the Four Loons Marina in 1978, renamed to Burke’s Marina. It was a family affair to be sure. Most of us worked there at some point of our lives. Mom really loved being there. She enjoyed the coffee mornings, the regular cottagers coming in for meals, gas and grocery shopping, and of course renting out the cottages at the point. Her pies and tarts were well known, the best home made bake goods around. Mom had fun watching her grandchildren and any of the neighbours kids who joined in, swimming off the dock in front of the Marina, music playing, card games, and the pin ball machines and pool table in action, that was Burke’s Marina under mom and dad.
Mom gave up a job she loved at Loyalist Collage to manage and work the marina with my dad. It was a great part of their lives. They sold the Marina in 1990, getting ready to retire.
Mom loved being with people, loved the lake and loved her family being around. She left a special mark on the memory of many people young and old.
Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit of my mom’s history and memories on Weslemkoon Lake.
I am sure my mom, Honor Florence Burke will live in the hearts of many. Mom passed away January 16, 2018.