Jeffrey Ira Burck, age 65, died at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). A fighter to the last minute, he was surrounded by his loving family as he passed away peacefully on Saturday January 24, 2015. Jeff was born on August 25, 1949, in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Eva and Solomon Burck. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Houston in 1972, where he met and then married the love of his life Esther Sampson on June 25, 1972. They had three children, who consequently blessed them with three grandchildren. His family and huge network of friends were the things he cherished the most in life. Jeff’s life impacted countless people. His one-of a-kind personality lit up every room he walked into, and his infectious laugh made everyone smile. At parties he could always be found on the dance floor. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, racquetball, squash and walleyball player. He was loved by all. The outpouring of support from his friends and his family overwhelmed him even in his final moments. Jeff spent his career in property management. He was a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, holding leadership positions and serving on committees at the local, regional, and national levels. He was a mentor to many and took pride in helping others succeed. Jeff is survived by his wife Esther Burck, children, Jared, Adam and daughter-in-law Robyn, Kevin and future daughter-in-law Sabrina Opas, three grandkids Riley, Asher, and Corey, sister Michele Anczelowitz, mother and father-in-law Rae and Eugene Sampson, sister-in-law Mamie Marx, and brother and sister-in-law Lew and Rita Sampson. Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Eva and his father Solomon. Graveside services will be held on Sunday, January 25 at the United Orthodox Synagogue’s Beth Jacob Cemetery. Donations can be made in his memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or a charity of your choice.
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