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James D Byrne

Melrose, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Dec 2012 (aged 83)
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 101994401 · View Source
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James D. Byrne, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family at his side, on Monday, December 3, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Callahan) Byrne for over sixty-five years.

Born and raised in Melrose, he was one of nine children of the late Thomas F. and Margaret E. (McGonigle) Byrne.

He was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. Jim worked for Olsen Cadillac for many years as an auto body repairman, and previously was employed by the City of Woburn in the Public Works Department.

Jim and his wife Mary were excellent ballroom dancers, and in earlier years they won many dance contests together. Years ago they frequented the dance hall which was once located on the island at Horn Pond in Woburn. Jim loved music and his toe would start tapping whenever he heard a tune. His grandchildren, to whom he was a cherished "Papa," would dance with him cheek to cheek around the room when they were young, humming a song as they danced.

He also loved watching any type of sports on television, especially the Patriots and Red Sox. Jim did custom auto body work for both Ted Williams and Johnny Peski of the Red Sox. A loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather, Jim always put everyone's needs ahead of his own. His faith was of great importance in his life, and he was a devout parishioner of St. Charles Church.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Vinnie, Charlie, Tommy, and Joe, and three sisters, Irene, Margaret, and Barbara.

Interment followed in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Published in The Woburn Advocate from December 7 to December 14, 2012




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