OBITUARY

Dr. Luis O. Byrne

July 13, 1936June 5, 2018
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Dr. Luis Oswaldo Byrne Vidal of Tampa, Florida passed away peacefully on June 5, 2018, surrounded by his adoring family. A native of Barranco (Lima), Perú, and resident of Tampa, Florida for over 45 years, he is survived by his wife, Rosario G. Byrne, daughters Marie Harrell, Gigi Byrne and Monique Byrne Rogovin, grandchildren Trey, Alex, Jaylen, Carmen, Gabe and Felix, and siblings Fernando, Ana Maria, Julie and Lalo. Dr. Byrne obtained his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos – Facultad de Medicina San Fernando in Lima, Perú in 1963. He completed Rotating Residencies and Internship as follows: Rotating Internship 1964-1965 Mercy Hospital (Wilkes Barre, PA); 1965-1968 Medfield State Hospital (Medfield, MA); 1967-1968 Boston University Medical Center (Boston, MA); 1969-1970 Ottawa Civic Hospital (Ottawa, Canada). Dr. Byrne was dedicated to his work in psychiatry throughout his life, actively pursuing stimulating and gratifying positions for nearly 50 years. He held academic appointments as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa (1970-1971), University of Florida (1973-1975) and University of South Florida (1975-1983), and maintained private practices in both Tampa, FL and Lima, Perú from 1983 to 2007. He loved his work so much, that even after finally selling his primary practice in Tampa at the age of 71, he continued working at private institutions and clinics throughout Florida and in Lima on a temporary basis until a year before his death. In addition to his passion for his work, Dr. Byrne spent much of his free time reading philosophy books and studying geneology. He became so fascinated with how the Byrnes from Ireland made their way to Peru that he eventually wrote a book entitled “Origen De Los Byrne En El Perú y Sudamerica” and translated it into English. In the book he invites any of the Byrne descendants to pick up the family research where he left off, stating that “the beauty of writing the book stems from the fact that the family research can go on even after my demise.” Dr. Byrne had a great love and appreciation for animals and nature, particularly the beach having spent much of his childhood playing on the beaches in Barranco. But more than anything, he loved his home, his wife, his daughters and his grandchildren. The family wishes to invite friends and family to the chapel of Gonzalez Funeral Home on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Visitation will be held at 3pm and a Memorial Service will follow at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the National Brain Tumor Society. www.braintumor.org

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Yvette Buerki

July 12, 2018

El recuerdo más vivo y tierno que tengo de mi tío Oswaldo se remonta a mis tiempos de adolescencia, a uno de esos veranos que, como muchos de los parientes y amigos peruanos y de la familia Byrne tocaban a su puerta en la Tampa estadounidense para gozar en su casa de unas vacaciones al “American style”, con piscina, playa, malls y comida al paso.
Para mi sorpresa, fue mi tío Oswaldo quien me fue a recoger al aeropuerto de Miami, en uno de esos vuelos que llegan desde Lima por la madrugada. Así que, antes de emprender nuestro mini “road trip” a Tampa, hacía falta pernoctar. Nos quedamos en uno de esos hoteles de carretera que tan americanos son, con sus luces de neón y sus balcones en fila que dan al estacionamiento. Creo que desde entonces esos hoteles han ejercido fascinación en mí, y no ha habido viaje a EE UU que no haya pedido volver a vivir la experiencia de alojarme en uno de esos hoteles de carretera .
Al día siguiente desayunamos en un lugar que parecía sacado de la serie de Fonsi y sus amigos; sólo faltaba la máquina esa de los discos -acaba de esfumárseme el nombre de la mente (¿rocola?)-.Y luego, nos pusimos en marcha dirección Tampa.
Creo que he guardado esta estampa porque fue mi primer verdadero contacto con el “very American way of life” que yo sólo conocía de series estadounidenses y películas.
Sería inventar ahora ipso facto los temas de conversación que tocamos durante nuestro viaje en carro Miami - Tampa. No los recuerdo. Pero sí recuerdo la capacidad de oír de mi tío Oswaldo y de argumentar después de haberte escuchado de verdad. ¡Qué raro se hace ese don en estos días! Saber escuchar.
A partir de ese dia, miré a mi tío Oswaldo con otros ojos, con los de la sobrina cómplice de un viaje por carretera al “very American style”🌻

Rosa Amalia Lotes Byrne

July 8, 2018

Siempre te recuerdo con esa sonrisa tan linda, primo.
De pequeña cariñosamente me llamabas Pigrisia , nunca te olvidaré , querido primo.

Carmen Harrell

July 7, 2018

Papapa,
You were so important in my life and I miss you everyday. I have so many amazing memories from all of the times I spent the night at your house. You were always hanging out, trying my food that I would cook, taking Mama Charo and I out to eat, helping me with my Spanish homework, and helping me practice driving in your neighborhood when I was learning. It makes me really sad that I won’t have a chance to speak to you again on Earth, but I know that I will see you in Heaven.
Miss and love you, Carmen ❤️

Jaylen Byrne

July 7, 2018

Dear Papapa,
I wish I could tell you how much I miss you but I’m sure you already know. I adored you ever since I was a little girl and even until your last days. I only have good memories of you and have no moments I would ever take back. I could write a novel about all of my memories with you. You always made everyone laugh and I would always do my best to make you laugh. Your laugh is a sound I will never forget. Thank you for being such a special and significant part of my life even though it will always feel like I didn’t have you for long enough. I will forever miss you and I will think about you everyday. It was “very nice to meet you,” and I’ll see you again someday. Your granddaughter, Jaylen.

Rosario (Charo) Byrne

July 4, 2018

A mi amado esposo Luis Oswaldo ( Vally).
Es difícil vivir sin tu presencia.
Estoy impresionada con el optimismo, valentía y fuerza de voluntad que demostraste durante el periodo de tu enfermedad. Ejercitaste tu voluntad e independencia, valiéndote por ti solo en todo momento. Como si negaras hasta a ti mismo que estabas enfermo. Pido a Dios que me conceda un poco de estas tus cualidades para sobrevivir el dolor de tu ausencia..
Me protegiste y cuidaste durante 52 años y nunca nos sentimos tan unidos como
en esos cinco meses que presidieron a tu fallecimiento. Durante ese lapso me manifestaste una y otra vez tu amor y agradecimiento...así lo sentí también en tu último suspiro en mis brazos.
Gracias por las extraordinarias hijas y
nietos que me dejas como compañía del resto de mi vida..
Hasta nuestro reencuentro , mi amor.

Santiago Stucchi Portocarrero

June 24, 2018

Recuerdo al Dr. Byrne por su amabilidad y por aquellas veces que tuvimos oportunidad de conversar sobre diversos temas, más allá de la profesión que teníamos en común. Le agradezco por haber acogido a mis hijos cuando tuvieron la oportunidad de viajar. Mis condolencias a la familia.

Santiago Stucchi Diaz

June 24, 2018

Que en paz descanse mi querido tio oswaldo, maravillosa persona, siempre muy alegre y cariñoso con nosotros sus sobrinos. Ahora ya no estas con nosotros pero tu cariño y espiritu permaneceran por siempre! Mis condolencias tia charito, un fuerte abrazo para ti y toda la familia.
Santiago Stucchi Díaz

Anna Stucchi

June 23, 2018

Siempre quisiste que sea buena chica y que sepa ingles tan bien como tú 😊 todos los dias intento cumplirte
This was taken 4 years ago❣️
I feel incredibly thankful to be part of this family. And I am even more thankful that i was able to share so many moments with you, Papapa. The world might seem a little less vibrant without you in it, but your spirit will live on in each one of us forever. You taught me so many things that help me daily, and someday we will see your smiling face again 💓

Until we meet again,
Anna

Maria Esparza

June 23, 2018

Gigi Byrne has been my dear friend since the fifth grade at Incarnation. Gigi’s house was one of the few houses my parents would let me spend the night. Mr. and Mrs. Byrne were my weekend parents. I always felt at home. Years later Mr. Byrne gave me an opportunity to work for him as his receptionist which I’ll be forever grateful. Mr. Byrne was a loving father and husband. He will be dearly missed. To Gigi and all of the Byrne family, my sincere condolences.
Con mucho cariño,
María

Gonzalo Vizcardo

June 17, 2018

Hola tía Charo, con mucha tristeza leí tu mensaje en facebook por la partida de mi muy querido tío (y padrino de Confirmación) Oswaldo. Siempre lo recordaré con mucho cariño. Espero que estés bien y acompañada de mis primas. Por favor, dale mis condolencias también a ellas.