M. Francis "Frank" Byrne, 85, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after a long illness. He was born in Darby, Pa., March 27, 1927, to the late Peter and Mary (Dermody) Byrne. He was a faithful member of both St. Scholastica Roman Catholic Church in Lecanto and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Glastonbury, Conn. He was a lifelong member of the Collingdale Fire Department No. 1 in Collingdale, Pa., lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Chapter No. 2 in Meriden, Conn., and served his country faithfully in World War II
and the Korean War
as a member of the U.S. Navy
. Frank is a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. He was employed for 34 years by C. B. Fleet Company as a pharmaceutical sales rep.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irene (Walsh) Byrne; five children, Renee (Mark) Anderson of Col-chester, Conn., Paul (Lisa) Byrne of Glastonbury, Conn., Stephen (Patricia) Byrne of Media, Pa., Kenneth (Alison) Byrne of Durham, Conn., and Susan (Beat) Jucker of Royersford, Pa.; and 12 grandchildren, Molly, Colleen and Bridget Anderson, Matthew, Weston and Shannon Byrne, Ashley and Brittany Byrne, Hailey and Conner Byrne and Daniel and Patrick Jucker; brother, Peter J. Byrne of Chicago, Ill. and Naples; sister, Anne Hanratty of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South
Glastonbury. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, from
4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to HBH Hospice of Lecanto, FL 34461, EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210, or a
. To share a memory, please visit www.mulryanfh.com.