Desmond Leo Byrne

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Desmond Byrne announce his passing at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Center in Botwood on May 2, 2021. Desmond was 77 years young. 

Desmond or Den (as he was best known) was a hard-working man who worked with Forestry and Wildlife until he decided to become an independent Plaster/ Painter. Desmond worked all over Central Newfoundland and enjoyed telling stories of all the homes and buildings he painted over the years. Desmond loved to fish and spent many hours in his boat or standing in the river salmon fishing. Anyone that knew Desmond would tell you that he always had a joke, he loved his family, and that he had a heart of gold. 

Desmond was predeceased by his parents Bridget Beaton and Thomas Byrne; in-laws Frank and Audrey Regular; nephew Paul; sisters-in-law Wanda and Lorna; brothers Joe and Tom; and sisters Mary (Bernard), Lucy (Harold), June (Ambrose), Dorothy (Jim) and Francis (Scott). Left with fond memories are his wife June; daughter Lori (Vince); son Todd (Darlene); sister Patricia (Michael); grandchildren Danielle (John), Holly (Josh), Frankie (Brandon), Trent (Cassandra), and Amy; great-grandchildren Bentley, Parker, Alexis, Averie, Levi, and Jayden; brother-in-law Myrl (Susan); sisters-in-law; Janette (Dean) and Cathy (Betty), Shirley Byrne, Karen Byrne; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large circle of friends. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirby and Sonya Elliott for their support and kindness during his time of sickness and all the staff at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Center and the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center. 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions and as per Den’s wishes, we will be having a small service of family and friends at Hoskins Funeral Home, Botwood. The funeral service will be live streamed from the Trinity United Church facebook page on Wednesday at 2 P.M. for family and friends from away, that are unable to attend.  

Donations in Desmond’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.