"That's why you see Canadians so involved when there's an emergency and a natural disaster in the world. Some people would date it back to those days."
Mansbridge was a young reporter when he met Burke and kept in touch with him over the years, describing Burke as "very sharp and very caring about journalism."
"I used to hear from him quite often over the last 10, 15 years," said Mansbridge. "He'd drop a line from his home in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario, with his comments on what we were doing on the newscast and more importantly, what we weren't doing."
After retiring, Burke wrote several children's books that satirized Canadian politics of the 1970s, including Frog Fables & Beaver Tales, a mythical tale about a northern swamp, and The Day of the Glorious Revolution, its sequel. The illustrations by editorial cartoonist Roy Peterson feature animal caricatures of figures such as Lester B. Pearson, Richard Nixon, René Lévesque and Pierre Trudeau.
A 2015 Father's Day blog post written by his daughter Holly Burke, a Vancouver-based musician, celebrated Burke while he was alive as a source of inspiration for their family.
Stanley Burke photo posted by daughter Holly in May 2015 for Father's Day. (stanleyburke.blogspot.ca)
"Many people join with me here to thank you for your many valuable contributions to this world of ours; your light, your love and your prevailing good humour through many trials not the least. We love you. We cherish you and everything 'Stanley Burke.'"
The funeral and memorial service will take place on Amherst Island near Kingston later this week.