|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1916|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1988|
The Philadelphia Inquirer; Thursday, August 18, 1988, Section B Page 7:
"Edwin Aloysius Byrne, 72, who worked for a city circuit-breaker company and delighted in the time he spent on the basketball court with neighborhood children, died Tuesday at his Bustleton home of 28 years. Mr. Byrne started with the I-T-E Circuit Breaker Co. in 1940 and had a 38- year career with the firm, which later became Gould Inc. He retired as coordinator of data systems for Gould. During World War II, Mr. Byrne worked on ship circuit breakers and did ironwork for Navy ships as part of the war effort. He joined the Marines in May 1945 and served for two years. During his stint with the Marines, Mr. Byrne played basketball with the Admiral Farragut Navy team - another chance to play the sport he loved. Before he started his job at I-T-E, Mr. Byrne had played center for two years with Buck Lay's Hawaiians, a semiprofessional team that wore grass skirts during basketball's barnstorming days, before the creation of the National Basketball Association. One of the famous teams he played against was the All-American Red Heads, a tough, all-women's team of red-haired players. Earlier, he had played in the Catholic League basketball, for St. Boniface's, St. Edward's and St. Anne's Churches. If basketball was a favorite pastime, Mr. Byrne also enjoyed sharing it. He was active for many years as a basketball coach for the Catholic Youth Organization, first at St. Martin of Tours parish and later at Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary parish, where he also served three years as athletic director. "Most important to him was working with youth, and particularly in the basketball area," said his son, Dennis. Mr. Bryne lived in Oxford Circle after the war and then moved to Bustleton. He became active with the Knights of Columbus, Mother Katharine Drexel Council, in Somerton. He was a fourth-degree knight. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Ella Miller Byrne; sons, Dennis and Ronald; daughter, Patricia Redhouse; 10 grandchildren, two great- grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. Services: viewing, 7 to 9 p.m. today, Galzerano Funeral Home, 9304 Old Bustleton Ave.; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. tomorrow, Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Church, next door; burial, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham."
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