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 Walter Martin “Cookie Papa” Byrnes

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Walter Martin “Cookie Papa” Byrnes

  • Birth 21 Apr 1897 Placerville, El Dorado County, California, USA
  • Death 4 Dec 1985 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 73099856

Only child of James Joseph Byrnes and Elizabeth Gardner. Walter spent most of his life in San Jose, California. Walter married Helen Louise Jackson on Jun 16, 1935 in Oakland, California. Walter and Helen divorced around 1945.

Walter was a long-time employee of Burrough's and a realtor for more than 20 years. A professional photographer, Walter was responsible for documenting the "life and times" of his immediate family as well as his mother's family, the latter of whom resided in Elko, Nevada (photos dating from the very early 1900's through the late 1970's). Walter was a 50+ year Mason and Scotish Rite member and enjoyed every opportunity to "show off" his granddaughters at member events. Walter was known as Cookie Papa to many - a name he was given by his granddaughter Jacquelyn, in the summer of 1961, because with each visit to his daughter's home, Walter always (without fail) brought cookies - initially dubbed "The Cookie Papa".

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  • Originally Created by: ResearchRansom
  • Added: 9 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73099856
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Martin “Cookie Papa” Byrnes (21 Apr 1897–4 Dec 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73099856, citing Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .