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Joseph M. Byrne
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
    186 Highland Ave.
    Somerville, MA 02143
  • Chapel at the Mall North Shore Mall Peabody, Mass.

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“I love you and miss you Dad. Safe home. ”
1 of 35 | Posted by: Maria Byrne - Stratham, NH

“Dad, You planned your work and you worked your plan. You moved with purpose. You knew what was right and you did what was right. Everything in...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Patrice (chip) Wharem - Stratham, NH

“Dad, Your in Heaven with Mom now, The Memorial Service was beautiful and all our Family and Friends were there to tell us their memories of Pat and...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Mike - Revere, MA - Son

“My fondest memory of dad was when I was eight and took hockey lessons at hockey town in Melrose. We had to be there early every Saturday that I had a...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Vinnie Byrne - Saugus, MA - Son

“With deepest sympathy, Luke and Ann Volpe ”
5 of 35 | Posted by: Luke and Ann Volpe - Melrose, MA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Byrne family. Your Dad was a true honest soul, and a good man. I fondly remember him, and his yodeling...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Phyllis Volpe Reynolds - Melrose, MA

“Dearest Rie, Chippy, Julie, Mike, Tim and Vin - Oh, such a wonderful man has passed from this world. You know that kind of parent that you ALWAYS...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Janice Mirabassi - Wakefield, MA

“Pop, I will never forget sleepovers with you and Nana, Stouffers Mac and cheese, cocoa puffs and guava juice! I have such fond memories of dancing...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Caite - Stratham, NH

“Dear Joe May you rest in peace. Love Joanne ”
9 of 35 | Posted by: Joanne Byrne - Saugus, MA

“Mike: I am so very sorry for yor loss. Steve called last night to tell me of his passing. Mr. Byrne was the best. I will never forget the how...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Kevin Babcock - Auburn, NH

“My condolences to the entire Byrne's family. May Joe and Mrs B rest in peace together ”
11 of 35 | Posted by: Peter

“I remember growing up when all my aunts and uncles got together with my mom & dad at Nana's house. All the laughing and boy could my uncles tell...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Joanne Conboy - Melrose, MA

“Rest in peace Joe You earned it. Love, Tim ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Tim - son

“Mike and Family, My deepest condolensces to your entire family. It is a very difficult time to go through, and I hope you can find peace in your...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Romelia Salazar - Boston, MA

“Dad,I will always cherish the time we spend together. You are the most amazing loving and unselfish person I have ever met. I've learned so much...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Lemp - Newbury, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We had so much fun growing up on Highland Ave with all of you and cherish the memories. Both your...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Catherine Balestieri Bourgeois - MA

“Pop, you are one of the most hard working and selfless people I have met in my life. It would be hard for anyone to rival your dedication to your...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Diana Lemp - Newbury, MA

“Dear Byrne Family, We were so sad to hear about the loss of your Dad. Unfortunately, my Mom, Dad and I are at the Cape and will be unable to attend...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Jeanne (Browne) Connolly - MA

“Dear Maria and Chip, We were sorry to hear ofthe passing of your father. You have our heartferlt sympathy. As Always, Judy & Herb ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Judy and Herbert Williams - NH

“To all the Byrne Clan, You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare to send your Dad off to be with your Mom in Heaven. Your father was...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Sue Daly - Melrose, MA

“Michael, My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during these difficults times on the loss of your Dad - he is now in heaven with your mom. ...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Carolyn Flaherty - Winthrop, MA

“Dear Maria and Family, My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father. I have enjoyed many stories of the Byrne Family and the love and laughter...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Pam Bunn - Hampton, NH

“Maria and Chip, Sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ellen, Buck and Melissa ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Ellen & Buck Merry - Raymond, NH

“Our Prayes Are With You All.Gone Away © Diana Blokzyl An Angel whisperedtake my hand andcome with meyou're work here is done.I went away to a...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Jim Byrne Jr. - Woburn, MA

“Pop I am grateful that you have finally found your peace and that you have been reunited with Nana. I will always remember your laugh, your smile,...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Meghan Larsen - NH - Grandaughter

“Pop, You are such an inspiration to my life. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together. Whether we were talking politics, Sports, or...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Craig Wharem - Stratham, NH

“Mike and family, My deepest condolances on the loss of your father. Take strength from his love and faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Lyn Sweezey - Saugus, MA

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. The Zanders, Herrlich, and PS2 families. ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Mark E Zanders, Sr. - Chicago, IL

“Joe. . . though I did not have the honor to get to know you very well, you must have been an amazing person to have raised my beautiful and caring...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Michelle Fleming - Byfield, MA

“I did not "know" your father, but after seeing his photo, I do recall seeing him often at the Carmelite Chapel and Blessed Sacrament Church where I...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Susan - Melrose, MA

“My condolences to Maria and the entire Byrne Family. May this wonderful loving man be at peace. ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Ernie Riedel - Bushnell, FL

“I will miss Pop, he was a tremendous man with great talent, love, wisdom, humor and dedication. One of my earliest memories of him was when he would...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Cavarretta - Stratham, NH

“Pop you fought a good fight, now you're at peace I'll never forget your smile, your wink,and your giggle. You'll be in my heart forever. My...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Gage P. Kelly - Newbury, MA

“Dad, You lived your Life so as to be an inspiration, strength, and blessingto those whose lives were touched by yours. To lead others onward, upward...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Mike - Revere, MA - Son

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: John IV, & John H,Gately V, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA

Joseph M. Byrne went home to his Heavenly family and beautiful wife on Monday, July 16, 2012. He was 86 years of age. Joseph was born in Melrose, on February 6, 1926 to the late Thomas & Margaret (McGonagle) Byrne. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1944, where he excelled in cross country running. Joseph served in the US Navy during WWII and after the war he went to Bentley Accounting School. Mr. Byrne worked as an auditor for the US Government in the Health Education Welfare Department for 30 years. He enjoyed watching sports, loved following politics, was an avid reader, like to dance, golf, play tennis, singing and yodeling. Joe was an active member at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield, a member of the Holy Name Society and was a frequent visitor at the Carmelite Chapel in Peabody. Mr. Byrne was a dedicated husband and a wonderful caregiver to his wife Pat. Joseph was the beloved husband of 56 years to the late Patricia A. (Convery) Byrne. Loving father of J. Michael Byrne Jr. of Revere, Juliana M. Lemp of Newbury, Maria Hutchings, Patrice Wharem & her husband Dave Dutil, Timothy G. Byrne all of NH and Vincent R. Byrne & his wife Joanne of Saugus. Grandfather of Chris, Jamie, Meghan, Caitlin, Craig, Joe, Diana, Vanessa, Brittany & James. Great grandfather of Madison Rose, Daniel Joseph, Jonah, Adrienne, Owen, Will, Isaiah and Cambria. Brother of James "Donnie" Byrne of Woburn, Gerald Byrne of FL and the late Vincent, Thomas, Charles Byrne, Irene McMenimen, Margaret Healy and Barbara Larkin. Brother-in-law of Barbara & Raymond Carye, Mary Byrne & Terry Byrne. Also survived by numerous nieces & nephews. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Friday, July ... READ MORE →

Military Service
U.S. Navy • Seaman • Signalman
August 1944 through August 1946, USS TOPEKA


USS Topeka was stationed in the Pacific Islands at the end of WW 11.
Dad's Ship was in the collection of Ships when the Japanese surrendered
to General Douglas McArthur in 1945.