Robert Farrell Byrnie, 91, of Cromwell, beloved husband of Mary (Eager) Byrnie, passed away on March 17, 2022 at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Leo and Anne (Conroy) Byrnie.
Besides his loving wife, Mary, Bob is survived by two sons, Gregory L. Byrnie and his wife Dawn of Cromwell and Matthew J. Byrnie and his wife Emilia of Alexandria, VA; a daughter Michelle S. Parker and her husband Alex of Ellicott City, MD; a sister Anne Grace and her husband James of Old Saybrook; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Bob graduated from Torrington High School in 1947. After high school, Bob enlisted in the service and was a veteran of the Korean War as well as serving in Japan with the United States Air Force.
After an honorable discharge from the service, Bob attended the University of Connecticut and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. and M.A. in Art Education. He taught Art at the high school level in Bridgeport, Madison, Old Saybrook and North Branford. During Bob’s retirement, he taught as a Substitute Teacher at Cromwell High School. At Old Saybrook High School, Bob designed many sets for their annual musicals and also taught in the Adult Education Program.
In his hometown of Cromwell, Bob was a member of St. John Church. Bob and his family were very active in the American Field Service. He and his family hosted a number of foreign students from France, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
He and his wife, Mary, have been members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for over twenty five years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Church, 5 St. John Court, Cromwell. Burial will follow in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown where full military honors will be accorded.
Family and friends may call on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Department, 82 Court Street, Cromwell, CT 06416. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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