Jim Byrne passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 21. He was born in Waterbury, CT, to Matthew and Margaret (Skelly) Byrne, where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1944.
He went on to earn a Mechanical Engineering degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in 1947. He proudly served his country, three years as a Merchant Marine and six years as a U.S. naval officer during the Korean War. After release from the Navy in 1956, he was employed as a sales engineer in Boston until 1966, and then in the power plant construction industry in California & Nevada, and finally in Port Clinton, retiring from the Toledo Edison Co.(Davis Besse) in 1992.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Beverly (LaFoille) of San Diego, whom he married Dec. 12, 1953, their children Catherine (Michael) Woodburn of Fallbrook, CA, Bob (Adriana) of Cameron Park, CA, Judy Grey, and Eileen (Chuck) Meisler of Port Clinton. Grandchildren include Meaghan & Sean Woodburn, James (Gus) Byrne, Daniel Druyor, Robert (Bo) and Taylor Grey, Logan, Kendall, & Morgan Meisler; one great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dave of Las Vegas, NV, and Reid of Waterbury, CT.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Moose club, a past member of the Tuesday morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast, and the Fraternal Order of the Elks.
Jim most enjoyed his home, its many projects, and its views of Lake Erie. He was most dedicated to his family and his cause of preserving conservative family values. This gentle man, husband, father, grandfather and citizen, will be dearly missed.
Visitation was be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton. Prayer services were Oct.25 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Raymond Ensman at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton. Private graveside services were held at Catawba Island Cemetery. Following the mass a luncheon was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Port Clinton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, Stein Hospice, or the Ottawa County Humane Society. On line condolences may be shared with the family at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com.