OBITUARY

Thomas Joseph Byrne III

October 2, 1943March 25, 2016
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Thomas Joseph Byrne, III, 72, of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully on March 25, at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Tommy was a devoted husband, caring father, adoring grandfather and great friend. Tommy was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Spring Lake. He is a graduate of St. Catharine’s Elementary School, St. Rose High School and Monmouth University. He spent his career as a real estate appraiser for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He retired in 1997 after 31 years of service. Tommy also had a distinguished career in public service. He served as the mayor of Spring Lake from 1990 until 2006. Aside from Rita, his boys and their wives and his six adoring grandchildren, being mayor was the love of his life. As mayor, he took tremendous pride in working with the Department of Public Works, the Spring Lake Police Department and the volunteers of the Spring Lake First Aid and Fire Departments. In addition to being the mayor, Tommy also served many years on the Spring Lake Board of Education and as a leader and coach for the Spring Lake/Sea Girt Little League. The Spring Lake Braves were a force to be reckoned with and those boys will always be in his heart. Tommy was a lifelong resident of Spring Lake. The town will never know a more loyal and loving son. Loyalty was one of Tommy’s finest traits. The New York Jets, Joe’s Deli, Notre Dame and all the local high school teams were his heart and soul. The New York Yankees were also close to his heart. He adored Mickey Mantle, but when push came to shove, he preferred winning a bet against Joe Val than the Yankees winning. Above all though, Tommy was a true family man. Rita was the love of his life, his boys were his pride and joy, their wives he adored and his grandchildren put a smile on his face every day. Tommy was blessed. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Harriet and Thomas Joseph Byrne II. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rita, his son, Bryan, his wife Amy and their children Shayne, Luke and Ivy, and his son, Kevin, his wife Kristen and their children Myles, Kellan, and Madden. Tommy was also a beloved in law to Alice and Mike Lombardy, Dr. Michael and the late Mary Ann Cahill, Hugh and Joan Moriarty, Esther Moriarty, and the adored uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his dedicated caregivers, Roxy and Akeile. His loving pets, Bailey, Ellie Mae, and Kane were also always at his side. Tommy had a heart of gold and will be forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street in Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tommy’s name to The Alexandra Rose Tozzi Foundation, P.O. Box 47, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 or SP Fast at www.spfast.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 30, 2016
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 31, 2016
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September 29, 2016

Was Tom a beer coaster collector? If so, please email me at hotairline@hotmail.com

Thanks,

Gil Davis
Albuquerque, NM

Michael and Susan Ingino

April 6, 2016

As longtime innkeepers in Spring Lake, Tom always took the time to listen and evaluate our needs. His smile, warmth, and easy conversation will never be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy to Rita and the entire family.

Pat Riley

April 5, 2016

We are sorry for your loss Byrne family, our loss as well. Tommy and I were garbage men in Spring Lake back in our college summer years. We had many a beer together and played softball at SLPS with passion. Simply said, Tommy is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my 69 years of life. See you down the road some, old friend. Pat Riley & Family

March 30, 2016

Dear Rita & Children,

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tommy was "the best of the best, everyone's best friend" Spring Lake will not be the same place without him.
We send our love and prayers to you at this very sad time.

Susan & Gil Hewson

Thomas Byrne

March 30, 2016

Rita and Family, Please accept our Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your Family. Tommy was a wonderful and the most genuine person a man could be. Our memories of Tommy are Kindness, respect and always smiling. A Gentle man. May you all find comfort in time he is in peace and your memories will sustain all of you. Fondly Bobby and Donna Wright

Joe Russell

March 29, 2016

Mr. Byrne was an amazing man with an overwhelming presence. Such an incredible husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many. Your legacy lives on with Rita, Brian, Kevin and all the grandchildren.

March 28, 2016

God Bless Tom Byrne. I am fortunate to have known this fine gentleman and his family. When he visited SRHS to catch a game, he always extended a warm greeting to me and a smile that brightened up the surroundings. Tom always had encouraging words and his generosity to the athletic programs was beyond magnanimous. His legacy lives on in his sons. My condolences to the Byrne Family at this sad time. God Bless Tom Byrne and may he rest in peace.

Eileen Catalano
Manasquan

March 28, 2016

To the family,
May God sustain and comfort you during this sad and difficult time. God is our refuge and strength in times of distress. Our sincere sympathy.

Leilani Kramer

March 28, 2016

I first met Tom over 40 years ago through politics. My late husband was Ray Kramer. Tommy has always been respectful, kind, gracious and caring after I was widowed 23 years ago. Whenever I needed assistance, he was there.

A man who was not only a gentle man but a gentleman. May the good lord hold his family close during this difficult and sad time. God bless you Tommy and may you rest in peace.

Connie Nolan

March 28, 2016

God bless you Tommy, and thank you for everything