DONALD WALTER BYRON
1952 - 2021
BORN
1952
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home
1248 Washington Street
Norwood, MA
BYRON, Donald Walter Age 68, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. Donald was born on August 30, 1952 in Boston, MA to Walter and Ellen (O'Brien) Byron. He radiated positive energy and kindness, and made friends everywhere he went. Don had the best one-liners that always had everyone laughing and will forever be remembered as the ultimate coach and mentor. Don attended Watertown High School and was a member of the varsity basketball team. He played at Westfield State University and graduated with his degree in Education in 1974. Don taught mathematics in Mansfield for 35 years. Shortly after college, Don discovered his passion for coaching basketball and embarked on a lifelong career that he truly loved. He achieved success at Mansfield, Walpole, and Abington High Schools as a basketball coach and earned a Super Bowl victory as a Mansfield football coach in 1992, prior to coaching twelve basketball seasons at Oliver Ames in Easton. He always looked forward to game nights in front of a packed gym. This past season, even in the midst of some of his toughest days, he led his team to the Hockomock League Championship. Don earned many awards throughout his career, including Coach of the Year twelve times. He became a member of the 400 Win Club and was inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame. He also coached AAU basketball for the prestigious Boston Blazers and BABC programs. Don was a great leader, and a role model and mentor to countless student-athletes and coaches. Don settled with his family in Easton, MA, where he raised his two children and was an involved member of the community. He directed the Easton Summer Slam league and the Fast Break Basketball School. He was also a certified basketball official and a volunteer coach at the Anguilla Basketball Camp. Don was a fierce competitor, playing in the Roxbury and Cranberry basketball leagues into his late 50's. Don traveled to the NCAA Final Four every year with his son and his colleagues, a cherished tradition for all who attended. He was an avid reader and enjoyed beginning his days reading the newspaper, golfing and chatting about sports with his friends, playing cribbage and trivia, going to BC games with his daughter, and most of all, vacationing with his family. He and his wife Christine loved trips to the Cape and trying new restaurants. They relished every extra minute together that retirement allowed them. Don cared endlessly for his family and passed on his passion for basketball to his children. Don's legacy of kindness, generosity, and perseverance will live on through his friends, family, and players. Don was predeceased by his parents Walter and Ellen (O'Brien) Byron, and his niece Casey Byron. Don was the beloved husband of Christine (Pucci) Byron, devoted father of Michael Byron and his fiancée Denise O'Shea, and Jennifer Byron of Easton, brother of Paul Byron of Clinton, brother-in-law of Joseph and Karen Kinosian of Norwood, cherished uncle of Mathew and Lauren Byron of Walpole, Kristopher Kinosian of Foxborough, and Kara Floyd and her husband Dave of Norwood, adored great-uncle of Kennedy, Zoey, and Jesse Floyd, and a teacher, coach, colleague, teammate, and friend to many. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 4-8pm at the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington St., NORWOOD. Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:00am at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood. The Celebration of Life will be held at the Olde Colonial Cafe in Norwood at 1:00pm, following the Burial at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don's memory may be made to The Jimmy V. Foundation, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513, www.v.org Visiting Hours: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 4-8pm, at the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood, MA. Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home 1248 Washington Street Norwood, MA 02062

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Published by Boston Globe from Jun. 14 to Jun. 15, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
16
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home
1248 Washington Street, Norwood, MA
Jun
17
Funeral Mass
11:00a.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Church
Norwood, MA
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I was very sad to hear of Mr. Byron’s passing. Math was always a challenge for me and he was always very patient and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.
Kim Conniff
Student
June 19, 2021
I remember watching Don play basketball in the Brockton City League for years as a young kid. Not many could shoot like him. Then I had the fortune of working with him at local BB summer camps when I was older. A great guy who dedicated his entire career working with and helping his students and players succeed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Michael Thomas
Friend
June 17, 2021
Chris and family, my heart goes out to you. Don had such an impact on us all at Mansfield, very blessed to have had the privilege to have worked with him. And to be a Westfield Alum alongside him. Thoughts and prayers to you all
Deb Downey
June 16, 2021
The Bruha Family
June 15, 2021
I was saddened to hear of your passing but overjoyed to learn of the person you became. As the closest of childhood friends, your passion for playing infected those who shared a court, a field, or a course with you. While life sent us in different directions after high school, I would often hear stories over the last 50 years of the legend of Donnie Byron. My condolences to your family, and my congratulations to you for a life well lived.
Fred Traversi
Friend
June 15, 2021
Always respected Don’s way with kids,his own and others . Remember watching a game at O.A. With him before his team took the floor,as all coaches we talked about how long we coached and why ? He said to me “can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing on a Friday night ! and winked at me and rolled his eyes
Steve Sarantopoulos
Friend
June 15, 2021
I was truly touched this morning to read this. I always appreciated being around Don. He excelled at everything he did. The obit covered everything I could say but I want you to know the genuine sadness I am feeling because of his passing. I know what a courageous battle he put up to maintain his health and to be with his family as long as he could.
RIP Don, my prayers are with you and your family,
George Sylvester
George Sylvester
Friend
June 15, 2021
Don was a great guy and great friend to us. We will miss him dearly. Hugs and prayers to your whole family.
Chris & Lynn Beatrice & family
Beatrice Family
Friend
June 15, 2021
I graduated from Watertown High School in 1970 with Donnie. We were teammates on the Football team. As long ago as that was..I still remember his smile and how much he liked to kid and laugh.

I followed his HS Basketball coaching career and was proud of all of his achievements. We are going to miss him for sure.

Gino Lattanzi
June 14, 2021
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