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Thomas A. “Tom” Byrne

August 28, 1969 - March 31, 2021

Thomas A. “Tom” Byrne, age 51, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, surrounded by his family at home.

Born in Bronx, NY, on August 28, 1969, he was the son of Joan A. (Cochrane) Byrne and the late William J. Byrne. Tom served four years before being honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard and joining the New York Police Department.  Tom’s 25-year career as a police sergeant included many roles, from being one of thousands of brave 9/11 first responders to working security for his beloved New York Yankees.  For the past several years, Tom worked as a facilities manager for KBR.

Tom was a barbeque master who loved hosting and feeding his guests during summertime gatherings or fall football Sundays – while rooting for his New York Football Giants. Tom absolutely loved fishing, enjoyed reading, and looked forward to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

In addition to his mother, Tom is survived by his wife, Leighann; sons, Connor Byrne of Virginia and Nicholas Robinson of New Jersey; and siblings, Carolyn Juhline (Steven) of Newark and Kevin Byrne of Portland, OR.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Services will be limited in attendance and interment will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Tom’s service can live stream the service at 11:30 am on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Brain Research Foundation, here, [email protected]

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  • I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the boys. Tommy was one of a kind. I remember when him and Matt used to walk to my house in Pelham Bay to hang out. Tommy his family his cousins his friends his coworkers I’ll be in my prayers. Way too young. REST in peace. I will miss you forever

  • We are so terribly sad for Leighann, Aunt Joanie and all of the family… praying for strength and endurance to get through this terrible time in your lives. We love you all.

  • My heartfelt sympathies to Tom’s family, especially son Connor. My thoughts are with you as I think of the many fond memories and really great times shared with your Dad. RIP Tommy!

  • Tom, it is so exceedingly difficult to say farewell to a man who has done so much and touched so many lives. I knew you as a brother, a loving husband, and caring father. Beyond that you were a hero who served the common good and helped protect us all from the rigors of life in sometimes the most humorous and lighthearted ways. The compassion and understanding extended to your family and friends came miraculously and was always on point. You are loved by everyone and will be missed by all.

  • My condolences to the Byrne’s family.

  • My deepest sympathy to Tom’s family.
    I worked with Tom at KBR and was lucky enough to get to know him as a friend.
    KBR Building will not be the same without him. He will be missed.

  • My heartfelt sympathies to Leighann and the entire family for the loss of Tom.
    Tom very quickly became one of my closest friends when we started working together at KBR. He was definitely one of a kind and I will never forget him.

  • Our heartfelt sympathies to Leighann, Connor, and his whole family. I also met Tom at KBR. He quickly became a good friend to Dale and myself. Tom was in our lives for only a short time, but made such an impact on us. We would give anything to have one more conversation with him. He was too good and too young to leave us, but I know he has loved ones to greet him above. We love you Tom.

  • Godspeed Tom…

  • My heartfelt sympathies to Tom’s family and friends. Tom was a special Man who was loved by many. I will personally miss him and all he brought to my time at KBR. God Bless.

  • I am so sorry for your loss of Tom. He was full of life and had a lot of living left to do. He was a pleasure to work with, talk to, and joke with at work. He always had that sly smile on his face that had you wondering what he was up to next. Always remember those wonderful and fun filled memories of Tom and he will always be with you.

  • I have only worked a short time at KBR, and only met Tom a few times. However on each one of those occasions Tom really helped me settle in to the office, he was so easy going, polite and always went out his way to help. On one occasion, I had a long weekend away in Virginia and my car was left parked in the KBR car park all weekend accidentally unlocked! Tom messaged me regular updates throughout the weekend to let me know everything was good and stop any worry. I really appreciated it.

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Byrnes family.

  • Leighann, Connor, Nicholas, & family, I worked with Tom at KBR and I think very highly of him. He took his job seriously and he was a pleasure to work with. He told me how he liked sports and traveling the country to different stadiums when he was younger. I cannot begin to understand the sorrow you are going through. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Tom, you are an American hero and will be missed by your KBR family.

  • Sorry for the loss of a great man

  • Carolyn and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. He will surely be missed.

  • Tom was such a nice guy to work with! Tom was someone you could depend on to help get things done at KBR. He was always cheery and kind but was street smart about people. So sorry for for all of us losing him and especially wish his family great strength moving forward.

  • Tom will be remembered by me as incredibly caring and such a genuine person. He was always always pleasant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

  • I’ll never forget the whiffle ball games and how wicked your curve and slider was. How your eyes would open like saucers as I tossed my lame attempt of a curve ball and how you’d put the ball over the roof much to my despair. Tossing the football in some of the most epic games we played on Hone ave. Watching the Yankees on the porch on the tiniest of televisions. Catching up as adults and the hours we spent rowing around Croton Falls looking for ole fighter. It was truly the best years of my life. Thank you Tommy for giving me the greatest memories growing up. The rest of my days will be filled with smiles remembering the times we shared.

    All my love to the Byrne Family

    Joey Buono

  • I am so sorry and heart broken to hear about Tommy. He was my supervisor and friend in P.D. His “one liners” still make me laugh out loud when I remember them!!
    My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

  • My condolences to the whole family. Great boss ever KBR Co- worker.

  • I am saddened and shocked to hear of Tommy’s passing. I knew him as a classmate,
    a cub scout and neighborhood friend of my son. Later on, I would occasionally see him in his police uniform getting his lunch at a local deli. He was still friendly and respectful. I was proud to see what a lovely young man he became. RIP, thank you for your service. Heartfelt condolences to all.

  • So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I worked with Tom at KBR. Though he was so young to leave this world, he lived a full and happy life while he was here. May your family be comforted with the many wonderful memories you shared with him. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My condolences to the Byrne family. Tom was too young to leave us. May he Rest in Peace.

  • Tommy,
    I always remember the jokes we played on each other and the great times I had working with you at the 52pct. You’ll always be with me and in my heart. Good bye for now my friend

  • Leighann and the entire Byrne family, Lance and I were so very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. We know he was loved and hope you take comfort in the many many fond memories that will always be with you!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always miss his sense of humor and going fishing with him. He always had a sense of levity and the ability to bring a smile to your face with his funny comments . I would like to extend my condolences to Leighann and his kids and I pray that his loved ones will find comfort in time that he is finally at peace and that one day we’ll meet again my friend. I will always miss you. Rest in peace Tommy.

  • I so sorry for your loss. thinking of all you guys. he was a great man i had the pleasure of meeting and enjoying all the great food he made! love you guys always.

  • I would like extend my condolences to the Byrne’s family. I will miss Tom as he quickly became a friend to me and the KBR family. I will miss the conversations, a quick story or joke when he passed by our office. I wish you all strength in the days ahead. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Lucy and I offer our deepest sympathies to the family. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I met Leighann at work and met Tom when he came to visit! And I saw both of them together as we celebrated their next chapter as they moved to their new home when Leighann left our company! I will always remember the happiness I saw between them! I will continue to pray for Leighann and her beautiful family on the loss of a wonderful man! God Bless all of you!

  • I’m so very sorry for the family’s loss. My heart goes out to Connor for the loss of your father. May you all find peace during this difficult time.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathies are with all of Tom’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Peace be with you all. Deepest Sympathy. May God hold Tom gently in his hands.

  • Peace Tommy❤

  • Rest in Peace Tommy. God will watch over you now. God Bless You.

  • RIP Tom, there is a special place in Heaven reserved for you. Thank you for being so hospitable and for your dedication to your service of others. Leigh, so sorry for your loss

  • Thanks for the good times and memories Tommy. You were truly a good and loyal friend to me and I will always miss you. Rest In Peace

  • We are very sorry about your loss. Tom was a great guy, hard worker, funny, and loved his fishing!

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

    Mildred Ritter

  • Rest In Peace Tommy❤️

  • Such a beautiful service. My sincere condolences to the entire family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I met Tom at KBR where he was my manager. RIP Tom. You will be missed. Thank you for your service.

  • My deepest and most sincere condolences to Tom’s family. I worked for Tom during the last 2 years and he became a very special friend, I was blessed to have known him, he was an exceptional person, so kind, honest, reliable and always taking care of people.
    I’m truly sorry for your loss and I will keep your family on my prayers.

  • I had the privilege of working with Tom on many of KBR’s facility planning and construction projects. We started as co-workers, and ended up as friends. We could talk about anything… and we did! My life is better for knowing and working with Tom. Thanks Tom!
    My condolences to the Byrne family.

  • Nuestro mas sentido pésame a la familia del Sr. Tom, gran ser humano, gran jefe en KBR.
    De parte de nuestros grupo Bravo Group Services.
    Gracias Sr. Tom.
    Descanse en Paz

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. I have know the Byrne family for years and this is an incredible difficult time to see them go through.
    Stay strong, all of you are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • We’re thinking of you, Connor.

  • Tom was a wonderful caring person. He was a gentleman. I was happy to have an opportunity to work with Tom. He was a hero and obviously courageous. Most of all he was kind.

  • I worked with Tom at KBR. Everyone who met him will always remember the enthusiasm and dedication he had with doing his job right. We will also remember his presence and the peace and love that surrounded him wherever he went. Work will not be the same without him. Out deepest sympathies are with his family in this difficult time and our prayers are with you.

  • I worked with Tom at KBR and got to know him through many working Friday conversations, catching up on stories on his time as a member of the NYC police force, understanding his love of BBQ and appreciating the support of our farm. Tom was a gem, a person you could count on. My deepest and sincere condolences to his wife Leighann, his sons, siblings, family and friends.