James Byrnes

January 8, 2011
James Byrnes

James Byrnes 84, of Wilmington died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jim was the son of the late Joseph Byrnes and Mary Rhea Leonard Byrnes of Irvington,
New York. His sister, Edythe Bastian preceded him in death.
Jim and Barbara Egan Byrnes were married over 58 years. His loving wife, Barbara
passed away on April 25, 2010.
He is survived by his children James Byrnes, Sharon Spear (Bill Spear), Shawn Adamec
(Joseph Adamec), Kathleen Canero (John Canero), and Janet Byrnes. He also has five
grandchildren: Shelby Byrnes, Eric Spear, Lauren Spear, James Canero and Carly

Jim served in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He owned the Corner Store Luncheonette in
Irvington, New York. He had a career in sales for County Asphalt of Nyack, New York
for over 30 years.
He retired to Wilmington in 1987 and enjoyed golfing at The Cape, family gatherings and
his daily visits to Port City Java. Jim’s pride was in his family and he wanted the best for
his children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Tarrytown, New York at Sleepy Hollow

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  • January 25, 2011
    Janet Byrnes says:
    Dearest Dad, You were there for me every step of the way through my life and I will always treasure your love and wisdom the rest of my life. I know you are with Mom now and at peace. I miss you but you will live on in my heart forever. Love, Janny

  • January 11, 2011
    Kenneth Tharp says:
    To the family of Mr. Byrnes: I am deeply sorry for your loss. He will be missed incredibly, not only by all of us at PCJ, but also by the people who sat with him in the coffee shop. He touched more lives than I think he ever knew during those daily visits with us. Mr. Byrnes was like a grandfather to all of us. He had a lot of wisdom that he was willing to share with anyone who would listen, wisdom that only comes with life experience. I personally loved hearing his stories of when he was young, and the sparkle he got when he would speak of his wife and children. He would tell me for weeks ahead of time that one of his children was coming to see him. He would get so excited. I can only imagine how happy he must be to see Ms. Barbara again, he has missed her so incredibly much in the past 8 months. If there is anything that any of us here can do for any of you, please let us know.

  • January 26, 2011
    Veronica & Brian Schade says:
    Shawn, I am so very sorry to have found out your father and mother both passed away this past year. My heart goes out to you and Joe. May God Bless you with a better and healthy new year.

  • January 11, 2011
    Nancy & Dave Barry says:
    Our hearts are heavy with the passing of your father Kathy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We love you! Nancy, Dave and David

  • January 12, 2011
    Sharon Byrnes Spear says:
    Dad, You always believed in me no matter what, and always was there for support. I will miss you, but know you are happy with mom, give her a kiss for me. Love, Shar