On November 25, 2021, Thomas G. Byrne of Long Beach, New York died peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Tom was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle and friend to those who knew him.
Tom was born on November 5, 1934 in Bayside, Queens, to Matthew and Katherine (Hussey) Byrne. He grew up in Bayside alongside his brother Joseph and sister Margaret, who predeceased him in 2009, and numerous cousins. He was very proud of his Irish-American heritage, often belting out verses of Black Velvet Band at family parties.
Tom went to Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, and graduated from St. Bonaventure’s University. He continued his education throughout his life earning additional degrees from St. John’s University and Iona College.
Tom married the love of his life, Sarah Frances Corcoran, on July 7, 1973 at St. John’s University in Flushing. After living in Grandview for a few years, they settled in Putnam Valley, where they raised their three children – Brendan, Sallyann, and Thomas. Tom adored his wife, who predeceased him in 1993. He then devoted himself to raising his three children as a single father.
Tom was a passionate educator, first as a social worker for the Abbott School in Irvington, NY, and then as a guidance counselor at Irvington High School. He especially loved supporting the Irvington boys and girls basketball teams. He retired in 1998.
Following his retirement, Tom spent more time pursuing his many interests. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his sons and friends, most often at Mahopac Golf Club in NY and Heritage Ridge in FL. He was a voracious reader; he loved jazz, classical, and Irish music; and he was a passionate sports fan. Few things stirred his emotions more than a deep playoff run by his beloved Yankees or Giants.
Later in life, Tom’s most cherished moments were spent in Long Beach with his children, their spouses, Carly, John, and Julie, and his seven grandchildren, Ryan, Sophie, Anna, Jack, Connor, Andrew, and Sarah. During the summer months, his house was always filled with love and laughter.
By all of those who spent time with him, Tom will be remembered as a thoughtful, independent, and generous person with a quick wit and a great sense of humor.
Tom was ordained a Franciscan priest for the Holy Name Province.