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Interment following funeral service

St. Malachy Church
Monday July 22nd, 2019

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John Burik

John J. “Jack” Burik Sr.


Age 91, of McKees Rocks passed away Wednesday, July 17th, 2019. Jack was born on March 10, 1928 to the late Stephen and Margaret (Cypher) Burik. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Herczak) Burik for 70 years, loving father of John Jack Jr. (Kathryn), Margaret (Joseph) Ryznar, Stephen (Linda), Robert (Sherry), Renee Russell (Charles), cherished grandfather of Jason, Stephen (Dana), Christina, Rachelle (Hayden) Lamb, and Justin Russell; great grandfather of Nicholas, Zachary, Christopher, and  Alexander Lamb; brother of the late Jerome Burik (surviving spouse Claudia “Dolly”). Jack Sr. was a highly successful teacher and coach at St. Malachy Catholic School and Bishop Canevin High School for over 30+ years (baseball, basketball, football) as well as coaching at West Allegheny High School and Ft. Cherry High School. He was inducted into Canevin’s Hall of Fame as an Educator in 2006 as well as the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame in 2014. An avid sports fan, he remained loyal to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and loved horse and dog racing as well. Jack loved life, his wife Irene and his entire family. After graduating from McKees Rocks High School, he served in the United States Navy and later graduated from Duquesne University. His late father, Steve, late mother, Margaret (Cypher) and late brother, Jerome along with late nephew, Jerome, Jr. are also with Jesus awaiting Jack, Sr. Jack will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his extended family and friends. He lived a full, active and love filled life. May God Bless Jack, Sr.  Friends and family may visit SUNDAY, 2-8 PM, at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 334 Forest Grove Rd., Kennedy Twp., where prayers will be offered Monday 9:30 AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM, at St. Malachy Church.  Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s name to Arch Angel Gabriel School, 343 Forest Grove Rd., Coraopolis.  

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A candle was lit in memory of John Burik

Renee Russell 11 Jul 21 2019 12:00 AM

One of the most influential uncles you were. A friend and mentor to my father and I. You were a rock to me and my family. Eternal memory.

Micheal w herczak Jul 20 2019 12:00 AM

R.I.P. Mr BURIK from John Miller and the entire Canevin Class of 1969

John Miller and entire Canevin class of 1969 Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM

Jack was the best of the best. He was a true gentleman, great teacher and good friend. Al and I were blessed to know him.

Dorothy Barkley Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM

A Basket Garden was sent by The Ruyaks, Pelletier & Seaman families on July 18, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM

Absolutely the best baseball coach I ever came in contact with. You will be greatly missed. I will remember you always. Bill Dolcich class of 76 Canevin High School.

Bill Dolcich Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM