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Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes

125 W Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY

OBITUARY

Thomas J. Byrne

22 May, 19488 January, 2020

Thomas J. Byrne was born on 22 May, 1948 and passed away on 8 January, 2020.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, 12 January , 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family RC Church, 25 Fordham Ave. Hicksville, NY 11801 Monday, 13 January , 2020
  • Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Rd. Westbury, NY Monday, 13 January , 2020

Memories

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Steve Lissau

16 January 2020

Tom and I were good friends…we worked together at Jones Beach and surfed Long Island and Hawaii together.

Tom had a great sense of humor and was fond of pulling pranks….as did I….and we reveled in our misdeeds….but Tom also had a great sense of honor and responsibility. When JB lifeguards went on strike in the late 1960s, Tom and Joe Viviani patrolled the beaches on their own, without pay, and made a number of lifesaving rescues; reflecting credit upon the entire Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. Tom was also a great athlete in his younger days and had a lot of guts. I watched him go out on a horrendously big day at Pipeline with 15 foot plus waves reforming inside after capping over on outside reefs and howling 25 knot tradewinds making it so difficult to penetrate the crest and drop in…the kind of day on which people sometimes get killed. It didn’t phase him a bit. Tom also surfed Waimea Bay’s twenty footers on my old nine foot waterlogged balsawood gun that mandated late takeoffs. Tom’s wife Peggy was the great love of his life…I never saw him with another girl. Hopefully, they are now reunited in the spirit afterlife…having a beer on the beach and watching the waves as the sun drops below the horizon.

Lance Corey

15 January 2020

You were the man! Cooler than "The Dude." You will be missed by a lot of people until the next reunion. I miss you already. Time is fleeting. See you soon.

Dwight Powers

12 January 2020

Brother Tom, We had many a laugh and good times together my friend. You are sorely missed Tom! God knows that you had been suffering of late and now you are surely resting in peace. I met many of your Life Guard buddies today who sang your praises as I did back to them. Go in peace Brother Tom.

Gregory ‘Greg’ Akuka

11 January 2020

Tommy, I can’t help but smile and even laugh some...
From Lifeguarding with you at W.E.B.O., to later out at RM 4 & 5; Lifeguarding, bodysurfing, surfing and your infectious smile.
To meeting you on the mtn at Killington and skiing together (giving me some ⛷pointers - the instructor in you).
You were the true waterman and always enjoyed listening to a tale or two & a 🍻 with you.
God Bless you mate - See you on the side 🤙
R.I.P. my friend,
Greg

Joe Blackman

10 January 2020

I think Tommy had retired from life guarding when I visited a number of years ago. We went in swimming at RM 5. I knew I’d be okay with Tommy nearby. I didn’t realize there were two young girls in trouble not far away. Of course, Tommy did and he took off to hold them both up until the lifeguards made it out for the rescue. Very amazing indeed.

Ron Rodgers

9 January 2020

T.Byrne
You will be sorely missed.You were a true Waterman.Love you brother.RIP.

Bruce Meirowitz

9 January 2020

Tommy will always have a special place in my heart. The fabulous days of Lifeguarding, skiing, and crazy antics at W.E.B.O. will never be forgotten

Udo Guddat

9 January 2020

We will miss you Byrneman. Our Hawaii days were the best as were our RM5 years

Steve Englert

9 January 2020

I grew up with the Robertsons and the Byrnes my whole life. Peggy and Tommy took me to Fort Lauderdale when I was 16 . That was 50 years ago. We always had good times and memories. My wife Mary and I we'll miss Tommy.

Debra Douglas

9 January 2020

I know this was very challenging for you. Sorry for your loss. May prayers comfort you at this time. Please stay strong and focused.

FROM THE FAMILY