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Edward Rourke

April 14, 1963 - May 14, 2014

Edward Rourke Obituary

Edward Thomas Rourke Ted Rourke died on Wednesday, May 14 after a battle with an aggressive lung cancer that was discovered very late. Barely 6 weeks before his passing, back pain brought him in to the doctor. That led to some scans and the heart-rending diagnosis. As was Ted's way, he was determined that nothing would whip him. He fought as best he could but we like to think that in the end he decided to trade up. While taken far too young, Ted excelled at so many things. He was often honored with remarks about his effort and the fact that he always gave 110%... from sports to writing to being a friend to so many. He was fortunate in the friends he made and the impact he had on their lives and those of his mother, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Ted was comfortable with making friends from the very beginning of his life and often went out of his way to make others feel at home. We believe that everyone he met was made a little bit better by the encounter. At almost every turn there is a great "Ted" story out there. We all have our own special one. Please share on this page! Ted was born April 14, 1963 in Munich, Germany, the son of John M. and Madeline A. (McCaffrey) Rourke. With the passing of his father at an early age, Ted took it hard but was nevertheless determined to blaze his own trail using the love he had been given as well as his sharp intellect, wit and charm. After spending the first few decades of his life in St. Louis, Ted was up for a new challenge. He struck out to tackle life in New York City using his creative talents in business development for digital media and high performance architectural products. He delighted in sharing great stories about his adopted home and the various neighborhoods that he quickly came to know and be welcomed into. He was always proud of learning the ins and outs of NYC and being accepted wherever he was. For the last many years, in addition to his professional career he had the added responsibility of helping to care for one of his aunts in NYC and gave countless hours to sharing conversation and care with her. He also was of invaluable assistance when his mother needed care after a bad fall on ice. His love and time in these situations and others were indicative of his selflessness in life. Ted was a proud man and the last thing that he would want was pity or for folks to be sitting around sad about his passing. We are indeed sad and will be for a long time to come. And yet, we all feel that Ted would rather that as we gather in small groups or larger, that we do so to share the joy and laughter that he brought into our lives. Yes, we can cry together perhaps, but more than anything, we can celebrate the passion with which he lived his life. Ted is survived by his mother, Madeline, and brothers John (Lynn); Jim (Mariclaire); and Fr. Paul Rourke, S.J. No visitation. We will celebrate his life with a Memorial Mass at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30 at St. Anselm's Parish/Priory, 500 South Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141. Mass will be celebrated by Ted's brother, Paul. All are invited to attend a reception immediately following at St. Anselm's Parish/Priory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Louis Priory School at the address above. Ted was an alum. Please share your condolences and any Ted stories! God bless you all. May we all pray for the repose of his soul, the grace and mercy of the Lord, and a happy reunion with our Dad and other family and friends that have gone before. Private

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Edward Thomas Rourke Ted Rourke died on Wednesday, May 14 after a battle with an aggressive lung cancer that was discovered very late. Barely 6 weeks before his passing, back pain brought him in to the doctor. That led to some scans and the heart-rending diagnosis. As was Ted's way, he was determined that nothing would whip him. He fought as best he could but we like to think that in the end he decided to trade up. While taken far too young, Ted excelled at so many things. He was often honored with remarks about his effort and the fact that he always gave 110%... from sports to writing to being a friend to so many. He was fortunate in the friends he made and the impact he had on their lives and those of his mother, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Ted was comfortable with making friends from the very beginning of his life and often went out of his way to make others feel at home. We believe that everyone he met was made a little bit better by the encounter. At almost every turn there is a great "Ted" story out there. We all have our own special one. Please share on this page! Ted was born April 14, 1963 in Munich, Germany, the son of John M. and Madeline A. (McCaffrey) Rourke. With the passing of his father at an early age, Ted took it hard but was nevertheless determined to blaze his own trail using the love he had been given as well as his sharp intellect, wit and charm. After spending the first few decades of his life in St. Louis, Ted was up for a new challenge. He struck out to tackle life in New York City using his creative talents in business development for digital media and high performance architectural products. He delighted in sharing great stories about his adopted home and the various neighborhoods that he quickly came to know and be welcomed into. He was always proud of learning the ins and outs of NYC and being accepted wherever he was. For the last many years, in addition to his professional career he had the added responsibility of helping to care for one of his aunts in NYC and gave countless hours to sharing conversation and care with her. He also was of invaluable assistance when his mother needed care after a bad fall on ice. His love and time in these situations and others were indicative of his selflessness in life. Ted was a proud man and the last thing that he would want was pity or for folks to be sitting around sad about his passing. We are indeed sad and will be for a long time to come. And yet, we all feel that Ted would rather that as we gather in small groups or larger, that we do so to share the joy and laughter that he brought into our lives. Yes, we can cry together perhaps, but more than anything, we can celebrate the passion with which he lived his life. Ted is survived by his mother, Madeline, and brothers John (Lynn); Jim (Mariclaire); and Fr. Paul Rourke, S.J. No visitation. We will celebrate his life with a Memorial Mass at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30 at St. Anselm's Parish/Priory, 500 South Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141. Mass will be celebrated by Ted's brother, Paul. All are invited to attend a reception immediately following at St. Anselm's Parish/Priory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Louis Priory School at the address above. Ted was an alum. Please share your condolences and any Ted stories! God bless you all. May we all pray for the repose of his soul, the grace and mercy of the Lord, and a happy reunion with our Dad and other family and friends that have gone before. Private

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Edward Rourke hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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