Patrick Burke, Broker
I was born and raised in the north-end of St. Catharines, the youngest of 4 children to my parents, Chuck and Jane Burke. Among many of the typical interests and pastimes of a boy back then, the piano was the hobby that held my interest the most. After graduating from Laura Secord Secondary School in 1992, the piano became more than a hobby as I was off to Wilfrid Laurier University to pursue music graduating in 1996 on the Dean’s Honour Roll with a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance. Next, I attended the University of Western Ontario where I graduated on the Dean’s Honour Roll with Distinction with my Bachelor of Education degree.
High school music teaching positions were not abundant at the time, so when an opportunity to play piano on a Cruise Ship came up, I jumped at the chance. Having not traveled a lot up until then, the opportunity to not only travel but to play the piano as “my job” was an opportunity I could not resist. After a few contracts, I was offered the position of Musical Director, overseeing the musicians on board as well as leading a 10-piece orchestra. Successfully managing and working with musicians from all corners of the world was a challenge that I truly enjoyed and learned a lot from. It was at this time that I met a wonderful woman from England named Alice who I went on to marry here in Niagara in June 2002. We have two children…our little girl Jasmine our boy named Elliot.
My time at McGarr Realty Corp. Brokerage began in the summer of 2002 when I was immediately welcomed and made to feel so comfortable amongst this great group of successful and dynamic REALTORS®. The teamwork atmosphere that I tried to create and foster on ships was very evident in the office here. We are all individuals running our own businesses who are also very aware of the team we are a part of. It is so rewarding to be a part of a group of professionals who always have time to help each other out. I believe this, among many other reasons, is a big part of why this office achieves such a high level of results and acclaim.
Fortunately, I continue to play music and have found that Real Estate and music, as well as a busy family life, can all co-exist quite comfortably.