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Official Obituary of

William "Bill" Byrnes

April 18, 1948 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

William Byrnes Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William G. Byrnes. He was 75 years old. Born in Teaneck, NJ, he grew up in Vineland, Englewood, and Toms River before spending his adult life in Bayville and Pine Beach. People called him Bill. Or honey. Or dad or paup or gramps, depending on who was talking to him. His passing was peaceful, lying comfortably in his home with the classic rock station playing in the background, surrounded by the family he built and loved so much. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Kathie, his children Billy and Allison, grandson Dylan, and beloved family members Grammy, Lori, Rich, Matt, Tracey, Atlas, Lucas, Christina, Rob, and Claudia.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart for being wounded in battle and was awarded the Silver Star “for gallantry in action.” He never talked much about Vietnam himself, but those soldiers whose lives he saved probably talked about him quite a lot. After returning home from war, he spent his career as a member of the carpenters’ union: Eastern Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters – Local 255.  You may have been on some of the rides he built for Six Flags Great Adventure.

Bill loved football. He loved Sherlock Holmes mysteries. He loved old cars and jelly donuts. He built dollhouses for fun, with enough detail that they could pass a state inspection. He was a fan of college basketball, so long as the teams had good fundamentals. He listened to Jefferson Airplane and The James Gang, and he was always smiling when he got to tell people about the time he had to kick Bruce Springsteen out of a bar. He ate Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies by the sleeve and owned several volumes of The Far Side comic strip and was never as happy as when he was getting his back scratched. But maybe more than any of that, he loved animals. He was always feeding whatever stray came into the yard. He and his wife were the caretakers of neighborhood cats, ducks, raccoons, chipmunks, birds, and whatever else scurried up near the house. I think there was even an opossum in there, somewhere. If there is any consolation in his passing, it’s knowing that he is finally getting to see Porsche again. God, he loved that dog.

As a husband and a father, Bill was someone to be proud of. He worked hard to make sure his family was provided for, but equally important to him was that the homework was done, and the basketball team had a coach, and that everyone was happy on Christmas morning. He loved his family dearly, and we loved him just as much in return. There are no words big enough to thank him for everything he did for us. No one could have asked for more from a spouse or a father, and certainly nobody could have done better. He was a great man. Whether he was Bill or honey or dad or paup or gramps, he will be greatly missed. The world is a little worse without him, and our Thanksgivings will never be the same.

For those who wish to attend, there will be a small service at Mastapeter Memorial Home (located at 270 Atlantic City Blvd. Bayville, NJ) on Wednesday, March 13th at 9:30am, followed by an 11am funeral Mass at St. Barnabas Catholic Church (33 Woodland Rd. Bayville, NJ).

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to contribute to his memory, please make donations in his name to the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge at: https://ahs.givecloud.co/tribute

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Mastapeter Memorial Home, Inc
270 Atlantic City Blvd
Bayville, NJ 08721

Funeral Mass
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church
33 Woodland Rd.
Bayville, NJ 08721

Interment
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

1:30 PM
B.G.W.C.D. NJ Veteran's Cemetery
350 Province Line Rd.
Wrightstown, NJ 08562

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