1956-2013 Michael Bourke

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Saint Ignatius Church on Walker’s Road, Grand Cayman for the late Michael Vincent Bourke.

Michael passed away suddenly at UCLA Medical Center, on Saturday, March 9. He was 56.

Born on May 25, 1956, along with twin sister Mary, in Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland, Michael grew up in Ireland with eight other siblings. He had lived in Pacific Palisades, California, for the past 16 years, where he was a familiar sight around the neighborhood, chatting with those he met along the way, while walking his dogs Calvin and Cole.

Michael began his career in hospitality at an early age, first helping his mother at the Dunraven Hotel in Ireland. From there he moved to Limerick City and became manager at the Savoy Theatre, where he stayed for many years. Michael next moved to the Clare Inn, where he progressed through the ranks.

He continued to progress in his career and moved to the Cayman Islands, which became his home for 10 years, working as manager of the Regency Club at the Grand Hyatt and where he meet his future wife. In 1995, Michael married his beautiful wife Shirley and moved to California. In recent years he worked at Santa Anita Racetrack.

Loved greatly by anyone he met, Michael will be remembered by his family and friends for his infectious smile, his boundless enthusiasm, his genuine compassion for others and keen intellect. He was always ready to help and strangers quickly became friends.

Best known for his uncanny rapport with people from all walks of life, Michael was a collector of friends. He was a gentlemen and one of the nicest, most sincere people you could ever meet. He had many diverse interests, including golf, world travel, politics, reading and rodeo.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Eileen and Arthur and sister Joan. He is survived by his wife Shirley, devoted son Morgan, 13, nine siblings, 19 nieces and nephews and many relatives/friends in Grand Cayman and around the globe.

All who knew Michael are invited to attend the memorial Mass.

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