Eugene Michael Byrne
Eugene Michael Byrne was born March 11, 1928, in Verona, N.Y., to Michael and Elizabeth Sullivan Byrne. Gene died on Jan. 30, 2018, shortly before his 90th birthday.
Gene graduated from Oneida High School and attended SUNY Plattsburgh and Albany. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, stationed in Hawaii. He joined the New York State Police serving Western New York and retired after 21 years as a sergeant.
In retirement, Gene was an investigator for the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s office and the Chautauqua County Coroner. Later he opened his own business as a private investigator and bail bondsman. He was a councilman from the Lakeview Ward in the City of Jamestown for many years. He embraced and saw value in those from all walks of life.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (O’Reilly), whom he married in 1959; sons: Patrick (Melanie) and Timothy (Marie Eisenhart); daughter, Maribeth; eight grandchildren: Katherine, Devlin, Elizabeth, Patrick, Abigail, Alexander, Brendan and Colin; two great-granddaughters: Ariana and Acadia; and a sister, Therese (Rodger) Ryan of California. He was an uncle to 42 nieces and nephews and for many years acted as the family historian at the annual family reunions.
He was proud of the Irish heritage he was born and married into through song, stories, history, and humor.
He was predeceased by his parents; six brothers; three sisters; and his son, Christopher.
After nearly 40 years in Jamestown, Gene and Kathleen moved to North Port, Fla., in 1996. He picked up the game of golf late in life and grew to enjoy it with friends from their community.
Gene was a devout Catholic and a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus while a communicant of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Jamestown. While in North Port. he was an active member of San Pedro Parish.
Gene was a kind and loyal spouse, a man curious of the universe, possessed a great interest in current events and enjoyed telling tales to all that would listen. He traveled extensively and instilled a sense of adventure in his children. He will be missed by all those that benefited from the wisdom he had gained over his many years. A memorial service will be announced in the spring.
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