Bernard Byrnes

Bernard J. Byrnes

Friday, February 17th, 1922 - Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Byrnes, Bernard J.
Rochester: Sunday, April 19, 2020, at age 98. Predeceased by his grandson, Christopher Massaro; brother, Robert Byrnes. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Eleanor Byrnes; children, Kathleen (Angelo) Massaro, Michael (Tracy) Byrnes; grandchildren, Carrie Massaro, Emily Massaro, Travis (Sari) Byrnes, Ryan Byrnes; great grandsons, Cody and Duke.
Mr. Byrnes served in WWII as a top turret gunner on a B26 Bomber. He flew 42 missions and received numerous honors for his service. After the war, he returned to work at Delco Products where he was a founding member of IUE Local 509. He served as a zone committee man, helping numerous people over his 42 years of service. He also served as a Rochester City fireman from 1953-1956. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandsons. His family would like to thank the staff at NYS Veterans Home in Batavia for their exceptional care.
Services and interment are private. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. Those wishing, donations may be directed to NYS Veterans Home, Resident Activity Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14040 in his memory. Please write a memory of condolence to his family by visiting
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    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    2461 Lake Avenue
    ROCHESTER, NY 14612
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    South 26 Lot 482


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John Jensen

Posted at 07:50am
As a Labor Relations Rep. at Delco in the early 80's, I had the pleasure and honor of working with Bernie almost on a daily basis. He was always a perfect gentleman, honest and professional. Although we often played adversarial roles, we always seemed to be able to find common ground for the benefit of the employees he represented, often helping to turn their lives around. Bernie was truly one of the good ones. I'm privileged to have known him. John Jensen

Roberta West

Posted at 01:59pm
Bernie was a special kind of person.
He was kind and compassionate and loyal to so many within Delco and outside. If you had a grievance at Delco, he would fight for your rights to the end.
He loved to talk about the ‘old times’ and his wonderful family.
We need more Bernie’s in our world today.
He was and always will be a Special Friend! Terry and Bobbie West

ellen muto

Posted at 02:47pm
Bernie was one of my Mom, June Jason's, favorite people. You could feel the love and admiration when she saw him or even at the mention of his name. We...Ellen, Marc, and Lance (Maureen, Wayne predeceased) send our love, hugs, and prayers to Evelyn and the family during these painful times. Cherish the wonderful memories he helped to create and was a very special part of. His smile was priceless and will be one of our favorite memories. Marc also wanted to share his memories of doing some work at your home and getting to know Bernie even better. He had wonderful conversations with Bernie and learned a great deal about the different things he was a crucial part of. Mom's already having a great visit with him in Heaven!! God Bless you all and keep you safe. Love, Ellen(Jason) Muto


Posted at 05:15pm
Good friend for many years. We had many enjoyable talks regarding;politics,history and hunting and fishing! Bernie, Eleanor, Dolores and myself took several vacation trips to places like; West Point, Canada and New England. I will miss him very much!! Sincerely, Gene Wood

James Byrne

Posted at 10:13pm
A wonderful, caring gentleman. Of course, thats what Irish heritage will do for you. I remember growing up and visiting Bernie and Eleanor 's house. Listening to stories about family and fire dept., not much about the war. Anyway sorry for your loss, your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Chris Byrne, Jim and Lucille's son. You guys get out to Arizona, look us up.

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