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Robert Thomas Byrne

September 12, 1929March 27, 2021
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Robert Thomas Byrne, age 91, of Lewisville, Texas passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Robert was born September 12, 1929 in Galveston, Texas.

Robert went on to achieve a two year college degree and was a skilled car salesman.

Robert is preceded in death by Parents; William and Thelma Byrne, Sister; Dorothy Mary Lopez Burns, Infant son; (Reb) Robert Edward Byrne, and Daughters; BC Diminuco and Shannon Morgan.

  • FAMILY

  • Byrne Family Tree


    Children:
    1958 Richard Byrne (wife Val)
    1961 Michael Byrne
    1962 Robert Edward Byrne REB)
    1963 KayLynn Byrne
    1965 Shelly Robinson
    1966 Darla Beck (husband Jason)
    1969 Shannon Morgan (deceased 2017)
    1969 Bobbi C’van Diminuco (deceased 2012)
    1971 Richard Morgan


    Grandchildren:
    1984 Amber Hicks (husband Eric Ellis)
    1984 Christy Morris (husband Brandon)
    1987 Ashly Parks
    1989 John Derek Green
    1989 Michael Diminuco
    1991 Kayla Diminuco
    1992 Logan Robinson (fiancé Matthew Lea)
    1995 Tanner Diminuco (fiancé Jennifer)
    1996 Karleigh Robinson
    1999 Carter Morgan
    2003 Tristyn Mazzola


    Great Grandchildren:
    2005 Aaryn Parks
    2005 Kailyn Green
    2012 Landyn Parker
    2014 Sage Lea
    2015 JLeigh Lay
    2016 Jett Parker
    2020 Sawyer Lea
    2020 Evelyn Ellis

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Jeff Nash

April 11, 2021

My fun loving Uncle Spike will be greatly missed. I cherish the memories as a kid of taking the bus with Mike to the movies, scoping Richards world class comic book collection, or later following Kaylynn running the White Rock Marathon. We always had fun when Uncle Spike was around. ,,,Barbara you are in our thoughts and prayers

Jeff Nash

Kay Lyn Byrne

April 11, 2021

Dad with Leslie, Johnny and Jeff Nash. Mid-80’s.

Kay Lyn Byrne

April 11, 2021

Dad, clowning around. Mid-80’s.

Kay Lyn Byrne

April 8, 2021

Dad and Mom on their wedding day, April 7, 1956. Although they divorced 17 years later, there were some good times.

Darla Beck

April 8, 2021

Paw loved to work in the yard and it always looked great!

Darla Beck

April 7, 2021

My first picture didn't make it...
Just the Bob & Micheal

Kay Lyn Byrne

April 7, 2021

Dad and granddaughter, Kayla - August 22, 2014

Kay Lyn Byrne

April 7, 2021

Dad with his father, "Big Spike" - April 7, 1956

Darla Beck

April 7, 2021

Darla Beck

April 7, 2021

The Best Dad Ever!

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Robert Thomas Byrne
Sept. 12, 1929-March 27,2021

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Bob's Father William Michel
Sister Dorothy Mary and Robert Thomas Byrne

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Robert Thomas age 2 with father William (Spike) Byrne

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Bob age 5
Father William (Spike) and Aunt Dorothy

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Bob age 12

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Bob Age 12

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Bob at North Texas singing in a musical.
He had a great voice

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Bob Graduation picture 1948
Ball High School
Galveston Texas

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Bob and friend 1950
Age 21

Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Robert Thomas Byrne believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Bob thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. He was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Robert was born on September 12, 1929 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Galveston, Texas. His parents were William and Thelma Byrne. Robert ( Bob, Bobby, My Baby, Dad, PawPaw, Spike, Buddy) was raised in Galveston, Texas. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Bob could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Bob's family relationships. Bob was raised with one sibling, an older sister Dorothy Mary
who nicknamed him Buddy, and called him that until she passed away. His grandparents and un-married aunt all lived close by while he was growing up.
He said you could always count on any of them to make something good to eat.

      As a young boy, Bob could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original.

He played semi-pro baseball for Southern Select Beer Company in Galveston in his late teens. In his spare time he liked to go fishing in the Gulf with his dad.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Bob loved school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. He graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas in 1948. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was sports.

      Because he was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things, Bob performed well in college. He was always on a quest for knowledge and he relished the experience. He always wanted to understand rather than judge. He earned his BA in business from North Texas in Denton, Texas. His favorite course was Music. He had a great voice and sang and whistled all is life. The first attraction to him for Barbara was his deep baritone voice.

    Bob was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. He was always interested in his friends’ activities and hobbies. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found him to be very stimulating company. Bob's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bobby Chouk, John and Pete Nash, Jerry Prestidge, Frankie Williamson, Norman Muecke, and Murray Proctor. Best friends were Jerry Prestidge and John Nash.

      On March 18, 1976 Robert exchanged wedding vows with Barbara Morgan at the Court House of Laughlin, Nevada. They met at The Ole Top Rail in Dallas in January 1976.
He was an excellent dancer so he managed to cut in when Barbara was dancing with someone else. He asked when he could see her again, and she (having 4 kids under the age of 11) said she didn't get out much but would probably come back to The Rail on Saturday whenever possible. He was there every Saturday for 4 weeks and was standing at the door waiting when she finally returned. The rest is history. Bobby was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Still bought flowers and took her on dates. He loved to cook, and Barbara loved for him to. Bob was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Bob was an entertaining conversationalist. He was a vibrant personality and enjoyed verbally sparring with Barbara. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Bob loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Barbara's.

      Bob's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. He started when they were small with the question "do you want your burger with or without" ? It didn't matter how they answered, they still got a finger stuck in the bun." WITH".
Barbara always told the youngest (Richie) she wouldn't get him in any trouble and she wouldn't get him out of any. Bob told Richie to call him.

Bob and Barbara are blessed with 9 children, Richard, Robert(REB), Michael, Kay Lyn, B.C.,Byrne and Shelly, Darla, Shannon, Richard Morgan. They are also blessed with 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Amber Hicks. Kayla, Michael and Tanner Diminuco. Logan and Karleigh Robinson. Christy and Ashly Parks. John Greene. Carter Morgan. Tristyn Mazzola. Bobby was someone who was quick to laugh and LOVED limericks ( Some not so clean). He found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, grands and great grands, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.
PRE Covid was Saturday night burgers and game night. Chickenfoot, cards, and board games.

    Bob was definitely in his element in his work place. His personal initiative inspired those around him. He was a car salesman for the majority of his working life. He worked for Central Volkswagen in Richardson, Texas. He always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed in order to get the job done.

      Bob's “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that carried with him into the military. Robert was in the Army. Through his hard work and dedication, he earned not only the respect of his fellow service men and women, he achieved the rank of private 1st class. He was honorably discharged due to an auto accident when stationed in Germany.

      Bob's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solving. Since Bob was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Bob simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were gardening, watching baseball, playing fantasy football and dabbling in the stock market.

      Bob's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. In high school, he played baseball. He was a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Professional Baseball MLB (Texas Rangers) and NFL football (Dallas Cowboys).
 
      Faith and religion were important to Robert. He was a member of St Philips Catholic Church in Lewisville, Texas. He watched and participated in mass on TV during the Covid 19 Pandemic. He never missed a week. He could always find the nearest place to worship wherever we were on vacation.

        Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued him. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Bob to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included: Driving to Las Vegas twice a year, the Grand Canyon, River boat trip on the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada to Lake Havisu, Az. and visiting his hometown of Galveston to go fishing with his buddies that still lived there.

      Bob loved animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was a Sharpei named Lady Bug (dog). They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by his other Heinz 57 "Slick Dog" (story behind the name) Kingston, Keisha, (dogs) and Honey (cat).

      While in retirement, Bob never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In 1991 he retired from Central VW . His new life involved relocating to Springtown, Texas where he and his brother in law Harold ( Barb's sister Marge's husband) would grow cantaloupes and sell them. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening, fishing, dancing. Even in retirement, Bob continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

      Bobby (My baby) passed away on March 27, 2021 at home in Lewisville Texas. Bob had a basal cell carcinoma for years. It finally grew so large that he either had to have it surgically removed (it would not be an option due to the size), or undergo Chemo. He opted for the Chemo pills for four months prior to his death. He is survived by his wife Barbara of 45 years, 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Rhoton Funeral Home in Carrollton, Texas on Monday April 12, 2021 from 1-3 PM with reception to follow from 4-6 at the Byrne home in Lewisville. His ashes will be laid to rest at a future date in Tin Top Cemetery (Tin Top Community Parker County Texas).  
During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Bob. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. When the hospice nurse came for the first time, he told her "You think I am going to die, but I'm not". God had other plans.
For him, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge.
For Robert Thomas Byrne, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.

His last words to his wife Barbara were "You are the love of my life. My favorite hello and my hardest good-bye. (Mine too baby) See you on the other side.