John M. Byrne, age 51, of Somerset, died on Wednesday evening, October 4, 2017 at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.
Born in New Brunswick, he grew up and lived in Highland Park for many years before moving to the Somerset section of Franklin Township. John was a 1983 graduate from St. Joseph's High School and a 1995 graduate from Seton Hall University.
He was employed as a sheet metal worker for the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union #27 in Farmingdale, N.J.
John was a member for 33 years of the Highland Park Fire Department serving as past chief, chaplain, president and part-time paid firefighter He was also a member of the East Franklin Fire Department since 2012. John was serving as Fire Commissioner for District #3 and was a life member of the N.J. Exempt Fireman’s Association and the N.J. State Fireman’s Association. He was also a member of the Knights of Fire Motorcycle Club, Chapter #4.
John had served as a scout master and a troop leader for Franklin Twp. Boy Scouts Troop #113.
John was pre-deceased by his father, William F. Bryne in 1995.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Debra Byrne, his children; Bridget, Ciaran, Fiona, and Aidan Byrne; his mother, Theresa Byrne, two sisters; Mary Pursell and her husband, Lawrence, and Patricia Troike and her husband, Edward, a brother, James Byrne and his wife, Patricia, an uncle, Charles Byrne, an aunt, Rosemary Manero, his mother-in-law, Zena Craig, a sister-in-law, Patricia Walks, a brother-in-law, Michael Craig and his wife, Faith as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, October 9th at the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, 17 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park. A fireman’s service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday evening. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 10th at St. Paul the Apostle R.C. Church, (Transfiguration of the Lord Parish) Highland Park. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Highland Park Fire Department or the East Franklin Fire Department.