John J Byrne, Jr., retired President of Byrne Brothers Foods, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
John, known as J, was born in Greenwood, Texas on June 19, 1932 to Genevieve Furgerson Byrne and John J Byrne, Sr. He grew up in Ft Worth, TX and as a Boy Scout in Troup 32, where he earned the rank of Eagle, if you arrived early at a TCU football game and agreed to usher you would be admitted free. He then became a lifelong fan of TCU sports. At that time also, J began working with his family business, now known as Byrne Brothers Foods, Inc. a family foodservice business supplying restaurants since 1915; still doing business operated by J’s four sons.
He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. In 1955 J married Jo Ann Bryant and raised a family of six children, celebrating 65 years of marriage. J was a active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church serving as Eucharistic Minister, Altar Minister and Acolyte. J was proud of his Irish heritage, his children and his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, and most enjoyed visiting with old friends and telling stories. He was a good man.
J was preceded in death by his parents John and Genevieve Byrne; son, Michael S Byrne; sister, Mary Ellen Byrne Meisch.
Survivors; Wife, Jo Ann; daughter, Diane Byrne Fackler and husband Marc; sons, John P Byrne, Tom Byrne and wife Judy, Jim H Byrne, and Danny J Byrne and wife DeeDee; grandchildren; Matthew S Fackler, John D Byrne, Michael J Byrne, Jared B Byrne, Molly M Byrne, Ginny A Byrne; and numerous cousins and friends.