BYRNE, THOMAS FRANCIS, finished his earthly race on February 1, 2013 surrounded by his family, two dear friends and his beloved pets.
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Born June 20, 1930 in the Bronx, New York, he lived a full and colorful life. As a young man he worked at Oertel's Brewery where he met and became friends with Gilbert and Cora Hardin. That friendship has lasted 62 years and they are more than friends, they're family. He was an Army veteran and served his country during the Korean War. He served his community for 30 years as a member of the Jefferson County Police Department where he was a mentor to many and a source of strength, calmness, and reason in the midst of chaos. He treated people with dignity and lived his faith in the way he lived his life. He loved his neighborhood, gardening, working with his hands, and all of God's creatures from the smallest mouse to the deer that regularly feed in our yard.
The world is a poorer place in his absence and heaven is richer because God has called him home.
He is loved and cherished by his wife, Colleen; his daughter, Priscilla Davis (Jim Wilson); his granddaughter, Bridget Davern (Bill); two great-granddaughters, Emma and Cecelia Davern; and three very special friends, Margaret Dunavan, Fran Etoch and Jane Sonntag who helped care for him in his final days. He is also survived by Marianne Robbins and two grandsons and two granddaughters.
A celebration of his life will be at Ratterman's, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville with visitation on Monday, from 4-9 p.m. The funeral will also be held at Ratterman's East at 11 a.m. Tuesday with visitation from 9 a.m. to service time. An FOP service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memoriams to Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs or the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 3, 2013