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Joseph A. Byrnes Joseph A. Byrnes, age 80, died December 3, 2012 at Fairmont Retirement Apts in Manassas, VA. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Dr. Joseph A. Byrnes and Mary McDade Byrnes. He is survived by a sister, Catherine Byrnes DeBritz and a brother-in-law, Francis M. DeBritz, along with six nieces and nephews and eighteen great nieces and nephews. He graduated from Syracuse University where he received a B.S. in Mathematics. He served in the United States Air Force where he received AF Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. Following his retirement from the Air Force he was employed by Onondaga County, Syracuse, NY. He formally resided in East Syracuse, NY and Orleans, MA prior to moving to Manassas, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville, VA on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12 PM. Friends may call at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168. Condolences may be sent to: www.piercefh.com This obituary was originally published in the News & Messenger (Woodbridge, VA).