Atlantic City, New Jersey

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There are few people we meet throughout the course of our lives who recognize their purpose early and devote their lives to it. John Francis Byrnes, Jr., "Jackie" or Uncle Jack to his family and friends, is one of those.

A devoted son and brother to his immediate family, a loving, inspirational and affable uncle to his seven nieces and nephews and a true servant of his Lord, Jesus Christ, Jackie set a course for himself (he would say that JESUS set his course) during...

Mike Brown, nephew

My uncle was a musician. He was a drummer for his entire life, regardless as to what he was actually doing to make a living. Anyway, that is how I remember him. I thought it was so cool how he could practice on old Sears catalogs in near darkness and translate that into art. I remember his promo shots with him behind the red sparkle kit with "Jack Jackson" on the bass drum (that was his stage name.) I think life dealt him an unfair number of blows, but he never seemed to be bitter...

Thank You Uncle Jack for:

Summer afternoons on the day bed dozing to the perfectly metered patter of wood sticks on phone books draped over chair backs. Secretly wishing for a misplaced strike, which never came, so I could add to my collection of headless drum sticks.

Tolerance of your mischievous nephews who built their own “set” in the basement closet from cardboard boxes and lamp shades. Pounding furiously only managing to match in volume what you possessed in...

I always think of Uncle Jack drumming intricate rhythms on a practice pad, a phone book, or the seat of a kitchen chair. He had a lock of hair in front that whipped around in tempo with the beat. Rest in peace, Uncle Jack.

Ruth Ann and Family - I'm sorry to read about Jack's passing. I often think about those good old days when Jack and I played drums. I got my first cymbal from him. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ruthanne & Family,
I'm so sorry to read of Jack's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


JOHN's Obituary

JOHN BYRNES passed away in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The obituary was featured in The Press of Atlantic City on November 9, 2012.