Joseph Francis Byrne
Joseph (Joe to his friends and Joey to his family) passed away at home on Saturday, December 27, 2006 at the age of 67 years.
Joe was born at Kimberley, BC on January 26, 1939 and was a resident of Vernon for the past eleven years. Joe enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17 and served in various of HMC Ships as a stoker and later as engine room artificer.
After his military service, Joe held numerous jobs across Canada and Australia, including the CNR and at numerous power generating plants and forest
product mills as a power engineer. Joe held a first class power engineering certificate, was a certified engineering technologist and for a time instructed power engineering
at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Joe was a gregarious person with a well-honed sense of humour. He was able to make most folks laugh at his antics, some of which are best left unreported. Joe also had a serious side, he was a voracious reader and enjoyed long philosophical discussions. When in better health, he enjoyed the outdoors with camping and fishing. One amazing talent was his abilty to recite the poems of Robert Service from memory, an ability that allowed him, on one occaision, to “earn” free drinks for all his shipmates when he recited ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’ from start to finish in a pub in Alaska. Although not an active operator, Joe held the amateur radio call VE7JBY and was working towards obtaining his Morse code qualification.
Joey is predeceased by his parents Louis and Margaret, his youngest sister Colleen and his first and second wives Dianne and Jane. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his son Michael Byrne (Tracy) and grandchildren Kyle and Elias of Calgary, AB; sisters Sheila Smith of New Westminster, BC; Rosemary Kermath, Edmonton, AB; Louise Reynolds (Peter), Cranbrook, BC; and brother Robert Byrne (Grace) of Vernon, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and acquaintances, mostly in BC.
Although your key is now silent dear brother and dad, you will always be remembered with tenderness and love.
Arrangements for cremation by Personal Alternative Funeral Service, Vernon. In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no service. A memorial and interment ceremony will be arranged at a later date.
Friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Joe to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Fondation.