James D. Byrne

December 3, 2012

U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

World War II Veteran

JAMES D. BYRNE – in Woburn, December 3rd. Beloved husband of Mary E. (Callahan) Byrne. Devoted father of Donna Lisbon of Rochester, NH, Sheila Cerroni and her husband Louie of Wells, ME, Joanne Conboy of Melrose, and James Byrne, Jr. and his wife Joanne, Mary Ellen Byrne, and Linda Lagomarsino, all of Woburn. Dear brother of Jerry Byrne and his wife Terry of FL and the late Vinnie, Irene, Charlie, Tommy, Margaret, Barbara and Joe. Loving grandfather of 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. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, December 10th at 11:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 Noon. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. 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.

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OBITUARY:

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 age of ninety. He 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, all 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 will be 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 will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are 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.

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  1. To Mary, Joanne and all family members.

    I am sorry that I did not know about your husband/dad’s passing to attend the wake. He was a wonderful and caring man. I know he will be missed.

    Joan (Pecora) Messina

  2. John and Kathy Ventresco

    Dear Donna and family,

    John and I are so sorry for your loss. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. If we can do anything for you, we are here.

    Please send our sympathy to your whole family Donna….

    We love you

  3. To Joanne and family..Sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. What a nice written memorial you all wrote about him! He must have been a special guy and certainly well loved by all.

    Jan Weatherbee

  4. Sheila, Louis and family; I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Like you I lost my Dad on November 6th and I never got to let you know Sheila, sorry. We were both fortunate to have our Dad’s as
    long as we did and we have to think of their passing as a celebration of their life. Your Dad was always such a sweet man and always smiling. God bless you all and also to your mom, Mary my condolences. Diane (Collins) Sahin

  5. tO THE FAMILY…SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR WONDERFUL DAD, HE WAS A GREAT MAN… GOD BLESS YOU ALL,,, HELLO DONA IT;S BETTY

  6. Sheila, Louie and family. Our heartfelt condolences. May your fondest memories be of solace to you during this difficult time. Paul & Kathy Keller

  7. Dear Lisa,
    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your granfather. My wish for you is to cherish the many fond memories you have captured over the years with him.

    With warm regards, Brenda Getchell

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