After a courageous battle with cancer, Brian Patrick Byrne died and set sail toward his final destination on the evening of June 2, at his home in Boston with close friends and family at his side.
Devoted brother, uncle, and friend, Brian created deep bonds with so many he encountered through life. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Brian attended Bishop Ludden High School and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., after which he moved to Boston. After working in restaurants, Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to build his own companies. He first specialized in recruitment and placement in the hospitality industry. He then went on to selling real estate, eventually founding Byrne International Realty on Martha’s Vineyard.
Brian charted his own course, and enjoyed the finer things in life. He liked nothing better than spending time with friends and being on the water, either on a friend’s boat or sailing Vineyard Sound on his own boat, Chautauqua. He was an amazing friend to many, lived life to the fullest, traveled the world, and saw and did more than most.
Brian was predeceased by his parents Ann and John (Jack) Byrne, brothers John, George, and Kevin. He is survived by three brothers, Noel (Collette) of Phoenix, Ariz., Philip (Kathy) of Skaneateles, N.Y., Luke of Daytona Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Marianne (Larry) Flynn of Oneida, N.Y., Christine deFoster of Jensen Beach, Fla., Gretchen (Dean) Burns, and Martha (Andrew) Dollekamp, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; as well as a large extended family and a host of loyal friends.
Brian’s family wanted to thank and acknowledge the caring doctors and nurses at Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston, as well as his devoted friends, who cared for him as he navigated his final days.
Please join the Byrne family in celebrating Brian’s life on Thursday, June 8. Friends may call from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, with a Mass of celebration to follow at 10:30 at Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13207. Burial will immediately follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dewitt, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Brian’s memory to be made to Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse, NY 13207, mhrsyracuse.org/donations, or a charity of your choice.