Thomas Joseph Byrne

January 8, 1962January 6, 2019

BYRNE, Thomas Joseph, 56 of San Juan Capistrano passed away peacefully January 6, 2019. Tom was born January 8, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Michael & Francis.

His early years were spent in New Jersey until he moved to California at the age of 19.

Tom met & married the love of his life Tina enjoying 32 years of marriage together. He is a proud & loving father and granddad.

Professionally Tom aspired to be an Attorney which he successfully has practiced for over 20 years in South Orange County.

Tom loved his horse races & sports, musicians Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen but most importantly spending time with his wife Tina, children Michael, Christina (Ivan) Salinas and grandchildren Emma & Parker.

He will be sadly missed by all whom knew & loved him.

Anyone wishing to contact the family can reach Michael (Son) at 760-201-6401.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Burial Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Reception following Services Friday, January 18, 2019

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Parker Barrie

January 22, 2019

I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Tom through his longstanding friendship with my father. I echo the sentiments of all in saying that he was a remarkable man full of endless love for family and friends alike. I always looked forward to our days at the races and will never forget our two father/son trips to Saratoga and Cooperstown. My thoughts are with the Byrne family and may everyone find peace in witnessing Tom’s lasting impact on all he encountered.

Hon. Pamela Pulley

January 22, 2019

On behalf of the judges at the Santa Ana district office of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Tom's family. Tom was a great attorney who always treated his opponent with respect and kindness. I believe I speak for the entire Santa Ana office when I say that he will be truly missed. From his bright smile and quiet confidence to his legal knowledge and professionalism, Tom's absence will be felt. Our hearts go out to his family. In your time of sorrow and grief, hold fast to your memories of him and know that you are not alone in your loss. Our very best to all of you. Judge Pam Pulley, Presiding Judge , Santa Ana office.

Stephen Grygiel

January 22, 2019

My deepest condolences.

I got to know Tom about 5 years ago, when we began working together on three large cases. A superior lawyer, Tom was also a truly good and thoroughly decent man. I have never known a better one. Genuine, compassionate, thoughtful, insightful, generous, courteous and kind – Tom was all of those things. A true gentleman and a wonderful friend.

Working with and knowing Tom was a pleasure and an enormous privilege. I will miss him terribly.

Janet Behrmann(Bernoskie)

January 21, 2019

With my deepest sympathy and condolence to Tina, Christina, Michael and the grandkids. Tom was my cousin and although the distance kept us apart, the years growing up in New Jersey were always fun with him, Aunt Frances and Uncle Michael. At his wedding to Tina, you could see and feel the love between them both. I will cherish the memories both in New Jersey and California when visiting.
Keep your memories close to your heart and know that Tom is always keeping a close eye on the family.

Jim Zoellner

January 18, 2019

I had several cases over the years on the other side of the fence from Tom. We could agree to disagree. He always had his clients’ best interests at heart. Besides being a great litigator, he was a kind, caring person. He talked so fondly of his family. I know how proud he was of his children and how much joy his grandkids brought him. May God grant peace to the family and welcome Tom into His kingdom.

Thomas & Helen Byrne

January 17, 2019

Special memories will always be of our nephew Tommy. While the miles were far, our hearts were close. As a youngster Tom was kind and loving and smart and witty. He especially loved sports and the fun that was had at all the large family get together parties. He was always very family focused, both as a youngster and as an adult.There are so many special memories of Tommy that will keep us going. We are praying for all of you at this time and the days to come. May God's peace comfort us all.

Morgan Ingamells

January 16, 2019

Thinking of you all during this time and so sorry that I can’t be there. I will never forget the excitement I felt when we made plans to come over and spend the day with you all. You didn’t know us for very long but always treated us like family. I will never forget all the days spent swimming, grilling, watching movies, playing video games, and just sitting around chatting. Those will be memories I cherish for the rest of my life. Love you all!

Lori Quaranta

January 15, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy, grief, prayers, and words of comfort go out to Tom's entire family and circle of friends. It's my prayer that you all will bottle up your favorite memories and times with him and keep them close to your hearts.
I was a court reporter on several trials with Tom through the years here at the Santa Ana W.C.A.B. I called him the Gentle Giant. He had a quiet and gentle confidence about him. He always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, kindness, and respect, both in and out of trial. He always had a smile on his face. From a court reporter's point of view he was such a joy to be in trial with because he was very conscious of the record, therefore, he spoke slowly and concisely. Every time I would walk into trial and see him at counsel table I knew it would be a good trial for me!
May Tom rest in peace with God in heaven above.

Charles Bernoskie

January 15, 2019

I remember the day my cousin Tom was born, the house was filled which such happiness, my uncle Michael, Tom’s dad was dancing on the clouds. Manny wonderful times follow and I always could see the pride in the smiles on my Uncle Michael and Aunt Frances face. Their pride and joy Thomas Joseph Byrne shared his many happy moments with family during his days. Tom has filled many memories for us to share and he will miss.
With love from Charles Bernoskie and his angel

Albert Delzeit

January 14, 2019

Tom was a decent man who very much loved his family. Tom was reasonable and practical during our cases as opposing attorneys. Tom will be greatly missed. May his memory be for a blessing.