Nicholas Byrnside

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Nicholas C. Byrnside, 78, passed away on March 19, 2018 at his residence in Melbourne, FL. He was a native of Lebanon, KY. On Friday, March 30th, flags were flown at half staff at Patrick Air Force Base, FL, in honor of Mr. Nicholas Byrnside, Chief of Safety Analysis. For more than 50 years, Mr. Byrnside proudly served in support of the United States Navy and United States Air Force, where he had a tremendous impact on the United States space program.

Nicholas Byrnside completed basic training in the Marine Corps Reserves prior to enlisting in the Air Force in 1960. He went through Officers Training School after receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in October 1964, but that wasn't enough. He decided to further his education and completed his Masters in Aerospace Engineering in 1970.

During his tenure as an Air Force officer, Byrnside had a unique opportunity to serve as the Flight Safety Officer for the very first Space Shuttle launch (STS-1). Thanks in-part to his hard efforts and diligence, United States was able to lead the charge in space operations.

Mr. Byrnside retired from the Air Force in 1988 as a Colonel and became a private consultant to various aerospace companies. Starting in mid-1990 and continuing for the next 24 years, Mr. Byrnside served as a contractor for Loral and Ford Aerospace.

His love of education returned as he then decided to serve as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. Eventually he returned to the Air Force in 2000, where his years of expertise allowed him to excel as a civil servant in the 45th Space Wing Range Safety Office.

Not only will Mr. Byrnside be greatly missed by his familyâ€"but by his friends and co-workers at Patrick AFB. Although there is a part in life where our time comes to an end, the legacy and contributions Mr. Byrnside provided to Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Space Coast region, and the United States Air Force lives on.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Byrnside.

He is survived by his son, Wesley Byrnside; his daughter, Clara Beth Laka; his brother, Henry Clay Byrnside; his grandsons, Henry Lakas and Caleb Derfuss; and his granddaughter, Taylor Lakas.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Grove Hill Cemetery Chapel in Shelbyville. Arrangements are being handled by Shannon Funeral Service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Finance Department 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016.
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Published in The Sentinel-News from June 4 to June 6, 2018
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