Philip B. BYRNE
O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home - St. Paul
575 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN
Age 79, of St. Paul Passed away October 26, 2018 Preceded in death by brother Donald Jr., (Pam Neill); son-in-law, Greg Fitzpatrick; and the love of his life, Mary Lou Byrne (d. March 2, 2010). Phil will be greatly missed by his daughters: Nora Byrne Fitzpatrick (John Thuente), Margaret Byrne, Betty Byrne (Chase Turner), Lucy Aquilano (Don), Katie Reeder (David), and Eileen Swartout (Jim), 19 grand children and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A graduate of St. Mary's College (Winona, MN) and Notre Dame law school, he worked for Vice President Walter Mondale in the US Senate, drafting landmark civil rights and fair housing legislation. Served as Executive Director of Alaska Legal Services providing legal services to and advocating for the rights of indigent people state-wide as well as litigating reforms to alleviate poverty and discriminatory conditions for native Alaskans. He served the City of St. Paul in the city attorney's office for more than 27 years including twice as deputy city attorney. Since his retirement in 2000, he was an active volunteer for Hubbs Center where he was fondly known by his many students as "Dr. Phil". Dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Bridging, the American Red Cross, St. Mary's Health Clinics, and St. Joan of Arc church choir. He was grateful for all the many blessings in his life, but first and foremost, Mary Lou and their family. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, November 24 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis at 11 a.m. Visitation at O'Halloran & Murphy, St. Paul on Friday, November 23 from 4 pm to 8 pm and 1 hour prior to Mass at St. Joan. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Mary's Health Clinics, Catholic Charities, St. Joan Outreach Fund, Bridging, and Our Lady of Peace hospice.

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Published by Pioneer Press from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 2018.
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O'Halloran & Murphy
, St. Paul, MN
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
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"Dr. Phil" as we liked to call him at the Hubbs Center was a very special part of our school . He was a great volunteer and was always available with a hug, a smile and kind words. I am grateful to have known him and will miss his cheery presence. . My thoughts go out to his family at this time but hope you find peace in knowing how many lives he touched.
October 30, 2018
Phil was not only a co-worker but also a friend and mentor. He was so kind and generous and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Will never forget the laughs we all shared at the daily lunch-time Trivia games!! Prayers for peace and healing go out to his family at this difficult time.
Kathy McLaughlin
October 30, 2018
Dr Phil was a very special volunteer at the Hubbs Center. He touched so many with his kindness and generosity. He was dear to all who met him. He will be so missed. My heart goes out to all in his family with deepest sympathy. I pray you are filled with peace.
Marilyn Gjerde
October 29, 2018
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