I can't believe it's been 7 years already. The older I get, the faster time flies. I continue to keep you alive by talking about you to our mutual friends and occasionally I still share a laugh or chuckle with you. I look back and think about the beginning of our friendship; both of us being new on Scott's Team. Such good times, my friend, such good times. I miss them...and you....I went to Mass yesterday and lifted you up in prayer. I PRAY you are looking down on me from a better place and that you are at peace and that you will be there to greet me when I get to heaven, as well. Thinking of you always, Byron!!!
I just learned of Byron's passing two years later. Byron and I started work at State Farm on the same day, working in the same department, then later moved to Bakerfield. I enjoyed his sense of humor, and we shared quite a few laughs at our "Office Space" existence. I moved from Bakersfield to upstate New York in 2001 and played a round of golf with Byron before I left. It was the last time I saw him. I have been thinking about moving back to Ca and was curious about the real estate market in Bakersfield, leading me to search for Byron, and then finding out about his passing. I am saddened greatly to know he is no longer with us. The other entries from family and friends are a testament to his life and how he touched people. It is said that a man's life is measured not in his worldly accomplishments, but how he touched others. Byron was rich with friends and family. Erwin, I too lost a brother more than 30 years ago and I am touched by the stories you wrote about Byron. While the pain of loss eventually goes away, the memories remain strong. I feel for you. Byron was such a funny and gentle person, he always put me at ease. Even on the golf course, where I usually get so frustrated, playing with Byron always kept me at ease. I greatly enjoyed his company and friendship. God bless you all!
Occasionally I come online to reread the expressions of so many others that were close to my good friend, Byron. I just rejoined the Scott Rivera Team and went to log on a program I needed to use and there it was....a place that he existed. His name was right there in front of me, reminding me of the times we shared and the conversations we had. I could see him laughing in my mind at some silly problem that seems so silly now. I miss him....dearly. I have some wonderful "Team" photo's of Byron while working with our team at Scott's and would love to share them with anyone who would like a copy. Just send me an email. My friend, my co worker...a true humanitarin. No one that knew him will ever be the same without him in their lives. I speak for many who haven't signed this book...We miss you.
Six months in many ways doesn't seem so long ago and yet it might as well be a 100. Everyone lives have changed since you left. From those who knew you when, to those who knew you well. I don't think any of us are the same. I make donations in your name when in fact all I am trying to do is change what is done. I have watched the kids as they have dealt with the loss of their uncle and wish that they could've been spared from knowing pain this deep at an early age. I have gone from being angery to accepting. I have gone from the shock of dealing with my children's grief to watching them slowly recover. You are very much missed still and the lack of your presence is still very much felt. I wish you were still here for all the kids..but especially for Erik and the positive impact that you had on him.
i still hear your laugh. i still see you falling asleep during movies. i still see you looking over my shoulder. i still remember playing poker with you. i could go on and on and i could go forever thinking about memories we've shared over the years. i listen to 1 song over and over and it keeps playing in my head. i play it and think about you non-stop. even without the music uncle byron i thik about you. i cant help but ask myself " i wonder what kind of life he wouldve lived? when was it really your time?" i look up and ask god all these questions and more to try and fully cope. the reality is though, we will never cope. the family lost a wonderful brother, son, and uncle. but most of all U.B, we lost an angel in you. i know your always looking down at us but know im looking up at you.
i still think about you every single day of my life. there are certain things that i see that remind me of you. when i see those things i acknowledge you as if you were standing before me. because of you i cherish every breath that i take and i feel blessed to have every person in my life; day after day. you had an impact on my life while you were here and you still have an impact on my life now. i love and miss you forever. you will always be in my thoughts and my heart. i love you
I was around 15yo the first time i stepped onto a golf course. You were there for Bill's golf tournament. I drove a golf for the first time and launched Bill from it as I took a turn a bit too fast.
After that, I quit, but you continued to play.
Years later, I picked it up again. We played once in Big Bear and once in Bakersfield. You won both times.
During these past five years, I have continued to play two to three times a month.
In the summer of 2005, we spent the wknd at LaQuinta resort. The weather and golf was very good (around 90), but the $80 dinner/person was difficult to swallow. We purchased a six-pak of beer for $25 and I played barefoot. We had a great time (regardless of the price).
I was never able to beat you. I could get a lead, but then I would pull a "Phil" and give it up.
There was many a wknd were you would come up early in the morning to join us for a round. There was that one day where we played golf in the am, racquetball in the afternoon, and caught a Kings game in the evening. Sometimes we would join the guys for a Texas Holdem tourney.
Win or lose, we always had a great time.
Golf was one of many activities that kept us close as friends and even closer as brothers. I am thankful for all these experiences.
Love....your brudda Ed
I'm very sorry for your loss. I feel blessed to have known him and work with him. He will be missed early.
i had the privledge of working with Byron for the last two years. He was a gentle, generous man with a heart of gold. he was someone i felt like i could trust anything with and reminded me very much of my own dad. I miss his smile and his quirky laugh everyday. Byron always put others first and would drop everything to help anyone in need. I'll always remember how much he loved the VH1 show 'the flavor of love' and the 'Dog Whisperer', he used to quote them and make me laugh all the time. One memory stands out in my mind. I was in the process of selling my car and was definetely out of my element. i live far away from my parents and normally my dad would handle everything car related. the person buying the car came in the office to do the transaction and i was really nervous. Byron i think could tell i was anxious and offered to make the exchange. I dont know if even he knew how relieved i was! I wish i could have told him how much he reminded me of my own dad or how much i enjoyed his company during the long hours in the office. If there is one thing i learned from this is to never take those around me for granted. i thank god i had the opportunity to know byron while he was with us and i pray that one day we will meet again. My deepest sorrow and prayers goes out to his wonderful family, may the lord comfort you all in your loss.
I started playing at 14; you were right behind me. We learned and played together. You were there to support me whenever I was performing. I remember you being there with me and for me when I bombed at a Cal Poly talent show. Although I stunk up the place, you helped load my gear, you encouraged me, and you brought me out of the funk I was sinking in.
Years later, you invited me to join your band in Bako to perform at the Kern County fair. Although we did not play anything I liked, I was the first time we shared the stage. It did not matter that sounded less than good, the SNAFU brothers had a great time.
In December 2006, you and some performed at a party in Bako. I am sorry I missed it.
Years ago, i gave you a Fender classical guitar and more recently a resonator guitar. As these guitars return to me, they will always represent one of the many bonds that kept us close brothers and friends.
We had talked about recording together, but it never came to be. The song was Sleepwalk. We may have never captured us playing the tune, but I can still hear it. Me verbalizing chord changes, tempo fluctuating, and you biting your lip as you concentrated on the chords.
I wanted to perform the Allman Brothers 'Little Martha' at your service. I know you like how I play it. Although I had my guitar in my car, the tune requires a degree of concentration of which was absent that day. I will play it tonite for you when I visit your ashes. With love, your bro Ed
I am shocked to hear that Byron is no longer with us. I just read it in the Southwest Voice. I haven't been home much and must have missed the obituary.
Byron was a wonderful person, kind and generous. I knew him through Real Estate and he was always so helpful.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I will miss him always. Byron was an amazing man that I will remember always. He offered so many wonderful qualities and abilities to those that were fortunate enough to be blessed with him. I am a better person and professional because of Byron. My heart and prayers go out to Byron, his family and friends.
You took me on my first Summit Mtn bike ride. It must have been around 15 years ago. You led the way down the service roads and single tracks shouting "Launch!" as you encountered the hairpin turns and hazards you encountered. You did this to give me the 'heads-up' as I followed. This trip was the first of many. In 2006, two ladies joined us for a Summit ride that ended with the four of us getting soaked to the bone from an unrelenting rainstorm. Regardless of the rain, we all laughed as we took shelter at the golf course. Shortly afterwards, Erik and I joined you at Dad's for another Summit trek. This would be Erik's first time on such a ride. Although you were not in the best of physical shape, you pushed on as we forged up the mtn. Unfortunately, Erik crashed into a tree which cut up his hand; but he also pushed on. This trip blessed us with a clear and warm day. I am glad that Erik got to experience Summit with the SNAFU brothers.
I am so sorry to hear about Byron, I first met Byron when he came to work at State Farm Insurance with me in Ad Services in the old Costa Mesa Office. We got to know each other and kept in touch through the years after he went to Bakersfield, He was a very gentle man with a kind heart and very funny personality. He would get us girls going with his jokes and his expressions. He will be very much missed.
I met Byron 7 years ago when I bought my condo from him. He was so helpful and encouraging. He came by with his father one Saturday after I moved in and brought me a housewarming gift. He seemed to always think of everyone else and went out of his way to help those in need. I will always remember him and keep his family in my thoughts at their difficult time.
As I recently saw my uncle, the memory that is most crisp to me is him actually staying awake for Misson Impossible. Also, helping my fill produce bags with snow to help keep grandpas food cold in an ice chest. More than anything I dont understand why. Why a man who has so much love from his family and friends would leave us. I know that the hardest thing for this family will be celebrating holidays without having him here. I will miss him most on the trips to Big Bear because its were i saw him most. I pray for my family and his soul every night. That now, even though he is not with us, that he is happy and still living. Thanks again for everyones support. It means so much to know that he meant so much to his family and friends. I LOVE YOU UNCLE BYRON!!!!!
to my uncle byron the greatest man who presenced i breifly graced. you were amazing in so many different aspects of life. even now i can still hear your laugh in my head. the times at grandpas when you'd always fall asleep during a movie we were watching. to be honest i dont remember you ever staying awake through an entire movie. i remember that one time dad uncle B and i were in big bear after it just snowed and we climbed a mtn in the snow. we climbed the same spot last year and i recorded it on my phone. i love you uncle B and you will forever be remembered in my heart, dreams and tears.
Byron was such a great man and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was so funny, I loved his sense of humor. I send my condolences to his whole family, it was an honor and priviledge to work with him.
I was so saddened to hear of Byrons passing. I got to know Byron thru a family member. I will remember Byron for his outgoing nature, his willingness to help others and his attempt to surf a kayak in Newport Bay last year. My sincere and heart felt sympathy to his family, his friends and to all of those who loved him. I pray that God will give you all the strength to get thru this most difficult time. Byron, you will be missed! May you find peace and solace in Gods arms. So long......
I was greatly saddened to hear the news of Byron's passing. I would like to offer his familly my deepest condolences on behalf of me & my family (mother, brother & sister).
To Byroni my Big Bro,
Words cannot express how much I miss you. You were the best man at my wedding and my best friend. Whether it was the golf, poker, mtn biking, vacationing, or playing guitar, we always had a great time (rain or shine). Although it did bug me when you beat me at golf knowing that I play all the time and you but a few times a year. You had that Ricky Bobby "I wanna go fast" spirit; particularly in a car or on a bike. You were a speed demon behind the wheel (w/tickets to attest) and Mr. Gravity Gonzo on the mtn bike trails.
I will post more memories of you. I want share the great experiences we shared as brothers/friends.
I first met Byron about 5 years ago at Watson Realty in Bakersfield, but got to know him at the Scott Rivera Real Estate Team. I used to enjoy calling him and discussing difficult situations with him, knowing he'd have the answers and could argue for me if need be. I most admired Byron for his calmness. Although I only knew him professionally, I am so sad. I can only imagine the hurt and sorrow those who knew him personally must be feeling!!
I will always remember Byron as being a kind, honest, and genuine man. I hope that Byron knew how much I valued his friendship and that I,as well as many others, admired him. I will deeply miss him but every time I see the "Dog Whisperer" I will think of him. My condolences and deepest sympathy to his family.
I've known Byron for a long time, since well before he started in Real Estate. He was my supervisor for a couple of years and we worked in the same department for several other years. He had a dry, quiet sense of humor and a calm, gentle spirit. I truly pray he finds peace in the hereafter. My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.
I worked with Byron he was such a great guy. He was always willing to help and share his knowledge, but what I'll remember most about him is his laugh and his love for the tv show The Dog Whisperer. Byron was 'good people' and all of us are better people for having known him.
Byron was such a wonderful man. I had the privilege to work with him at Scott Rivera's office back in 2004 before transferring out of state. He will be missed dearly. I send out my prayers to his family and friends.
After knowing Byron for about a year I came across him sitting on a bench one sunny day outside of an office he once worked for. He was by himself accompanied only by a bowl of Chinese food which he was eating for lunch. After I said hi he replied with a smile..."The day is too beautiful to not be outside and enjoy." That response will always stay with me as just how to define Byron, he always took the time to sit and enjoy a beautiful day, getting the most out of everything around him.
Byron was a very important part of The Scott Rivera Real Estate Team, he is going to be greatly missed. I would like his family to know how much we will miss him and that we truly appreciated everything he did for us. I for one would not have been able to accomplish everything that I have these last few years without him. He encouraged me to be the best. I'm going to miss our conversations, debates, his assistance, his smiling face and laughter. He always had a kind word and never got angry unless a lender in a transaction was not being truthful, then he would let it go. Byron was always helpful and I can't count how many times he moved things for my clients or fixed something for one othem. He was always there. I'm also going to miss sharing the Big Mac deal with him, there's so much I'm going to miss, Rest in Peace and know you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You were a great man.
i just walk in and my mom told me that byron had passed he was just like the rest of his family well liked by all that met him i called a few other friends here in azusa and they all said he was such a good guy.after 35 years of knowing someone you just think it will last for ever.till we meet again byron.
Byron was my Sales Manager at The Scott Rivera Real Estate Team. He was such a kind and hardworking man, really an integral part of our team. I know I am not alone when I write that we miss him; our office is not the same without him. I wish to offer my sincere condolences to his family and those closest to him.
I just want to say that our family is very sadened and I offer family that was closest to him my deepest condolinces and hope that you may find peace in your hearts.