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Walter T. Byrnes Jr.
May 9, 1935 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton on Thursday December 21 from 9 to 10am. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary of the Hills in Milton at 10:30am after visiting hours. Burial to follow at Milton Cemetery.
Walter T. Byrnes, a cherished soul known for his wit, intelligence, and devout faith, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2023, at the age of 88.
Growing up in Milton after moving from Mattapan at a tender age, Walter laid deep roots in the community that would become his lifelong home. He was the beloved son of the late Walter Thomas Byrnes Sr. and is survived by his dear sister, Gloria Sayers, who resides in Quincy. He was also a lifelong friend to the Bartoloni family of Milton, he spent many holidays and occasions with them. Walter's family and friends were a source of enduring pride and joy throughout his life.
Walter was a proud graduate of Boston College High School class of 1953. Walter's passion for knowledge was evident in his career choice; he spent many years as a respected bookseller at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge. His love for history shone through in his extensive reading, and his insights were always appreciated by those who engaged in conversations with him.
An active parishioner at Saint Mary of the Hills in Milton, Walter attended the 4:00 Saturday Mass on a weekly basis.
Walter served his country with honor as a US Army stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma and he remained a patriotic individual who often reflected fondly on his time in service.
An all-encompassing sports enthusiast, Walter's love for all Boston sports was legendary. He was a devoted season ticket holder for the Boston Bruins, cheering them on through thick and thin. He was even there for the overtime Bobby Orr game winning goal for the Stanley Cup. His athletic spirit was not just that of a spectator; Walter played softball actively until he was 50, embodying the camaraderie and competitive spirit of the game.
Walter T. Byrnes will be profoundly missed but never forgotten. His was a life well-lived, and his impact on the world will endure for generations to come. May he rest in peace, knowing that he was deeply loved and that his presence on this earth was a gift to us all.