Joseph "Joe" BOURKE

Passed away on August 20, 2022 at Port Fairy.

Aged 97 years

Loved husband of Margaret (dec.).

Loved father of Elizabeth McNamara and Helen Byron.

Loved father-in-law of Tony and Henry.

Loved Pa of James, Natasha, Adam, Monique,  Aaron, Emma, Rebecca, Melanie and their families.

Great Pa of 25 great grandchildren.


To hear your voice,

And your belly laugh,

To sit and talk of the good old days,

To be together in the same old way,

Would be our greatest wish today.




Funeral Notice

ServiceAugust 29, 2022 - 10:30 amPrinces Highway Port Fairy , VIC Venue: St Patrick's Catholic Church

The Funeral Mass for JOE will be offered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Princes Highway, Port Fairy on MONDAY (August 29) commencing at 10.30a.m. The cortège will leave the Church at the conclusion of Funeral Mass for the Port Fairy Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at the above Church on SUNDAY evening commencing at 7.00p.m.


  1. Deepest condolences to Elizabeth and Helen and your families – your father was a beacon of positivity, kindness & one of the world’s true gentlemen. We have such fond memories of your parents & Bessiebelle from our childhood & know that our parents Maureen & Kevin Blood considered them as family, as we did. It gives us great comfort to know that Joe is now with his beloved wife Margaret together with our parents & deceased relatives in Heaven & we are sure it is a great reunion. May he Rest In Peace after a long and very special life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our love & thoughts are with you all at this time. Warmest wishes Susan Dinor (née Blood) & family, Greg & Rose Blood & family, Julie Blood & family, Ellen Ryan (nee Blood) & family

    Susan Dinor August 28, 2022
  2. Pa. What a life. The most understanding and fair, man to walk this planet. Always calm. Always positive. A true gentleman and a Gentle man. Reunited with Nan. Thanks for everything and your wisdom and guidance. Till we meet again. Love you forever and will miss you every day. Love James Lisa Brad Sam Alyssa and Danielle 💔

    James Mcnamara August 27, 2022
  3. Members of the Lions Club of Port Fairy-Belfast were sad to hear about the passing of Joe Bourke and send our sincere condolences to Joe’s family
    Joe was a well respected and valued founding member of our club, who as club President for Macarthur and District in 1976, travelled to Port Fairy from Macarthur for several months to ensure that there were enough potential members for Port Fairy to charter a club, this involved not only talking to peopel from Port Fairy but also rounding up those interested from Yambuk, a determined effort. Joe took a keen interest in our activities even when he was no longer able to participate. Port Fairy is grateful to you Joe for the legacy of community service you have left.

    Wendy Hunter August 23, 2022
  4. Dear Pa..

    I’m not sure where to even start you are one of the most kindest most gentlest man I have ever known and I’m so blessed to have been able to call you Pa.
    I have so many memories of you and I ones that stick out of my mind. watching 60 minutes together on a Sunday night and you always getting me to get the wastebasket beside the TV pealing my Apple eating them together!
    The one thing that I will cherish forever and never forget is you’re amazing genuine belly laughs!

    I will never forget when I was upset when Nan passed away and you were so calm you came over to me and you said it’s okay Emmy Lou.. It was Nans time and it’s where she needs to be and please don’t be scared.
    Remembering how calm and sure of this you were is what has been getting me through this week
    I love you more than words can say and reunited with Nan

    Love your Emmy Lou xx

    Emma Treloar August 23, 2022
  5. Dear Pa,
    You were not only my Pa, but my best mate. We did so much together, road trips to wool sales, ram sales and holidays with you and Nanna. But the love of golf we did so much of that together. I’ll never forget the day we played 22 holes of golf in a match play game versus each other.
    I’ll miss all of that, I’ll also miss the wise words you would have for me in any situation. And just to think what you lived through. The Great Depression, World War 2 the seeing of power getting turned on for the first time, what a life and a well lived one at that.

    You helped so many people in your life you had such a great heart.

    Good bye Pa, rest easy mate you deserve it, and when you see Nanna again tell her about the 4 beautiful kids I have.

    Love you mate I’ll never forget you
    You meant the world to me.

    “no one gets out of this world alive”
    Was a saying Pa would say.

    Adam McNamara August 22, 2022
  6. Dear Elizabeth, Tony, Helen,Henry & families,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Dad
    & Pa.
    “One of nature’s true gentleman”
    Reunited with Auntie Marg
    Love Barnie Norm & Family

    Kathleen McCosker August 21, 2022