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Andrée "Dadée" (Sabourin) Burk

May 25, 1939 ~ April 5, 2020 (age 80)


Andrée (Dadée) Sabourin Burk, 80, of Oak Woods Road, passed away at her

home of 50 years with her son and daughter by her side on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Her

name was Andrée, but everyone called her Dadée and her granddaughters called her

Néné. She was a dignified lady at all times - full of integrity, grace, positivity,

intelligence, humor, and generosity for all.

Dadée was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in the Province of Québec, Canada

on May 25, 1939. She was the middle child of Carmen Rioux Sabourin and Ivan

Sabourin. She grew up with her older sister and best friend, Marthe Sabourin Pascucci

and younger brother Ivan Sabourin Jr, in a beautiful historic manor surrounded by love,

conversation, classical music, opera, piano playing, art, education, travel and many

eccentric moments. She graduated with a liberal arts degree from Marianopolis College

in Westmount (Montréal), Québec.

In 1961, she worked in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, a renown artists community, and

met the love of her life and husband of 54 years, George Burk. Both were artists to the

core and they established their permanent residence in 1967 at Busari Farm, their

country home in North Berwick where they raised their two children, Efram Burk and

Jennica Burk Osborne.

Dadée and George shared a love for their property and nature - they were

frequently seen sitting by their pond counting ducks and geese or listening to the

bullfrogs and peepers. They loved watching the birds (especially cardinals) that they

fed by their kitchen door. Dadée was an avid gardener who added more gardens to her

home, perfectly placing sculptures, granite stones and paths amongst the flowers and

bushes. She enjoyed sitting in her car watching the waves, beach and sky at Wells

Beach or watching the moon rise at Ogunquit Beach with her “moon crew.”

She was a prolific artist known for her realistic portraits and still lifes of flowers,

fruits and vegetables in the medium of graphite and watercolor. Dadée and George

hosted and participated in weekly sketch groups with their artists friends throughout

their lives and most recently she spent her Saturdays with her tightly-knit sketch group

at various homes and the Wentworth Greenhouse.

As an innovator in the field of Adult Education, she founded MSAD 60’s Noble

Adult Education Program in 1981 and acted as its director until she retired in 1999. She

instituted all adult learning programs in our community and was the first to encourage

and champion her students. She was a master at listening to their needs and stories.

Dadée immediately made you feel important and unique. When you were with her, you

felt that she was hosting a morning talk show feeding your soul with goodness and

wisdom with her soothing voice.

Things you may or may not know about Dadée: She was a linguist who spoke

multiple languages and she corrected the grammar of her children, grandchildren and

their friends. She was a devoted and loving grandmother who was frequently seen

driving, painting, chatting or cooking with Katherine and Lizzy. She was always up for a

trip to Italy to be with her beloved sister Marthe and family or to Canada to be with her

cousin Monique and family. She was a “great” driver of big cars and a gracious

hostess, known for her tortière pies, baked ham and quiches. She was highly

observant of others and the world around her; she could find resemblances in

everything, and she could point out how an animal or tree branch was identical to a

certain person. She was happy sitting in her dining room with a fire going, sipping

Prosecco with her son, Efram while listening to Pergolesi. She loved to go to the cove

for a Barnacle Billy’s lobster roll and rum punch topped with a floater. She was a

passionate and well-versed reader, an art and antique collector, and she wore tons of

scarves, sunglasses, jewelry, and perfumes. She loved the color green, marbles of all

colors and sizes, Steven Seagal, Babe, American flags, and wind chimes. She spoke

with her children every day of their lives. She was wise and drama-free. She always

told her family to “be like a duck” and let unimportant things roll off their backs.

She will be deeply missed by her son Efram, daughter Jennica, son-in-law Kevin

Osborne, and two granddaughters, Katherine and Lizzy Osborne of North Berwick, her

sister and brother-in-law Marthe and Michele Pascucci, nephews Filippo and Nicola

Pascucci and niece Luisa De Feo of Italy and her family members and friends in Italy,

Canada and the U.S.

Due to our current situation, a private memorial for family and friends will be held

later. Johnson Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time. Please share your

stories and condolences at

In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask you to treat others with the same love,

acceptance, empathy and generosity of spirit that Dadée displayed to others.

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