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James D. Byrne

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James D. Byrne, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family at his side, on Monday, December 3rd, at the was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Callahan) Byrne for over sixty-five years. Born and raised in Melrose, he was one of nine children of the late Thomas F. and Margaret E. (McGonigle) Byrne. He was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. Jim worked for Olsen Cadillac for many years as an auto body repairman, and previously was employed by the City of Woburn in the Public Works Department. Jim and his wife Mary were excellent ballroom dancers, and in earlier years they won many dance contests together. Years ago they frequented the dance hall which was once located on the island at Horn Pond in Woburn. Jim loved music and his toe would start tapping whenever he heard a tune. His grandchildren, to whom he was a cherished "Papa," would dance with him cheek to cheek around the room when they were young, humming a song as they danced. He also loved watching any type of sports on television, especially the Patriots and Red Sox. Jim did custom auto body work for both Ted Williams and Johnny Peski of the Red Sox. A loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather, Jim always put everyone's needs ahead of his own. His faith was of great importance in his life, and he was a devout parishioner of St. Charles Church. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Vinnie, Charlie, Tommy, and Joe, and three sisters, Irene, Margaret, and Barbara. Surviving, along with his beloved wife Mary, are six children: Donna Lisbon of Rochester, New Hampshire, Sheila Cerroni and her husband Louie of Wells, Maine, Joanne Conboy of Melrose, and James Byrne, Jr. and his wife Joanne, Mary Ellen Byrne, and Linda Lagomarsino, ll of Woburn; a brother, Jerry Byrne and his wife Terry of Florida, and thirteen grandchildren: Stacy, Shawn and his wife Nicole, and Crystal Lisbon, Brian, Lisa, and Kevin Cerroni, Sean Conboy, Alyssa Pierce and her husband Chris, Jennifer, Jason, and Ashley Byrne, and Michael and Amanda Lagomarsino; great-grandfather of Tyler, Liam, and Colin Lisbon, Marissa and Zackary Crilley, Arianna Cerroni, and Sophia Pierce. He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews and their families. The funeral was held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, December 10th at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 Noon. Interment followed in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours were at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108, or to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

Published in The Woburn Advocate from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, 2012
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