James Joseph Byrne died suddenly on Dec. 20, 2022 at the age of 54. He was a cherished husband to his wife, Liz, to whom he was married for 24 years, and a devoted father to his two children, Jack and Eileen.
“He was extremely generous, compassionate, and always had a bright smile on his face,” his wife said. “A truly wonderful co-worker, parent, and coach.”
Byrne was born and raised in Rockville Centre, where he attended the St. Agnes Cathedral School. He was adored by his siblings Christine Ahern (deceased Brian), John (Jean), Kerri Reynolds (Terrence), and Jean Marie Griffo, and was most appreciated by his nieces and nephews, Danielle, Jenna, Matthew, Sean, Kaitlin, Kelly, Briana, Christopher, Jacklyn, and Billy, who he always enjoyed spending time with.
In high school he caddied at the Rockville Centre Links Club, and through his will and determination, was able to put himself through college at St. John’s University. He went on to have a successful career as a bond broker for the US government and most recently, worked for the international financial services company, TradeWeb Markets.
When he was not working, he spent much of his time on the golf course. He could often be found on the links at the Garden City Golf Club or Cape Cod National, where he most enjoyed being with his many friends. His wife said that he loved the sport so much that he would even travel to Europe for the opportunity to play.
He was a well-loved and respected friend, husband, and father. Both of his children would also attend school at St. Agnes, where, as a parent and CYO basketball coach was very involved.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation for Jimmy Byrne on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Macken Mortuary, 52 Clinton Ave. in Rockville Centre. A funeral will follow on Friday, Dec. 23 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place in Rockville Centre.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted to the Mary Ruchalski Foundation, 28 Bulson Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Venmo: @TheMaryRuchalskiFoundation.