Robert J. Byrne, 78, of Martha's Vineyard, and formerly of Walpole and Cambridge, passed away Tuesday, July 16, surrounded by his family. Born in Boston on December 25, 1934, he was the son of the late James Byrne and Mildred (Brennan). He graduated from Saint Mary High School in West Roxbury and Boston College. An avid Red Sox fan, he was a systems analyst for NStar, formerly Boston Edison, for over 40 years until his retirement in 1995. He was the loving father of Donna and her husband Frank Whitehead of Plainville, Katherine and her husband, Anthony Cordray of West Tisbury, Lynda and her husband Richard Hinkson, Jr. of Norwood, and Mary Byrne and her husband Mark Hinderlie of Somerville; the dear brother of Margaret and her husband Thomas Fitzgerald of Reading, the late Elizabeth, James, Edward, Thomas, and Jack Byrne; the cherished grandfather of Alex, Emily, Max, Victoria, Anna and Elizabeth; the former husband of Frances (Geogheghan) Byrne of Boston, and the uncle to many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 AM from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte. 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Theresa of Avila Parish, 10 St. Theresa Ave., West Roxbury. Burial was private. Relatives and friends were invited on Friday, July 19, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the
, Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or at www.alz.org. Please visit online at online at www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 23 to July 30, 2013