SARATOGA SPRINGS — James Joseph Byrne, a mentor to many and a friend to everyone – passed away on October 9, 2021, after a long-fought battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and children. He was 78.
Jim and his wife Sharon moved to Saratoga Springs in 1970 where he opened his dental practice, and they raised their six children. He was the happiest walking the streets of Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid with his wife, working at his office alongside his son Brian, and his seventeen grandchildren were his heaven on earth.
He was a warm, witty, and loving person who worshipped God with both his words and his deeds, and who believed in people more than they believed in themselves.
Educated at St John’s University, Temple Dental School and University of Buffalo’s orthodontics school, he was wise beyond his education. He will be remembered for his teasing jokes, his love for the City of Saratoga Springs, his selflessness, his unbelievable ability to listen, his willingness to come to the aid of his family and friends at any time of day or night, and ultimately his strength. He was the “Rock” of the Byrne Family.
Jim’s memory will be cherished and kept alive by his adoring and eternal wife Sharon, his children Gregory (wife, Tatiana), Margot (husband, Kevin), Kristin (husband, Richard), Brian (wife, Sage), Elizabeth (husband, Brad) and Allyson (husband, Francisco), his sister Karen, his seventeen grandchildren, his nieces Kristine and Olga, and their children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2021 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave.
Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to: The Saratoga regional YMCA, 290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs or St. Clement’s Church.