Thomas Joseph Byrne
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Thomas Joseph Byrne
  • January 17, 1931 - May 1, 2017
  • Wildwood, Missouri

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Dr. Thomas J. Byrne of Wildwood, Missouri died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 1, 2017 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. He was 86.

Dr. Byrne was an orthodontist in private practice for 36 years, with offices in Chesterfield and Saint Louis Hills. An active member of the St. Louis Dental Society and the Apollonian Guild, he took great joy in his practice and cared deeply about his patients. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science from St. Louis University. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1956-1958, he earned a Masters degree with honors from Yale University School of Forestry.

He was always thankful for the foundation provided by Christian Brothers College High School, where he set track records in the hurdles. He was an avid and accomplished photographer and enjoyed a good cigar, a good Manhattan and evenings on the porch with his family.

A devoted husband and father, Dr. Byrne is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helga Schneider Byrne; son Thomas J. Byrne Jr. (Jacqueline) of St. Louis, MO; daughter Helga-Ann Byrne of New York, NY, son Brian A. Byrne of St. Louis, Mo; and daughter Heidemarie Byrne Quirk (Patrick) of St. Louis, MO; as well as beloved grandchildren Neil, Sofie, T.J., Billy and Charlotte. He is also survived by his sisters Eleanor Schlafy Long of St. Louis, MO and Ann Seibert of Mansfield, OH.

Services: Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 3-8 pm at Kriegshauser West, 9450 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anselm's parish, 530 South Mason Road, St. Louis MO, 63141 on Friday, May 5 at 10:30am.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Louis University Cancer Center or Christian Brothers College High School.