Edward A. Byrne, age 79, of Ashby, MA formerly of Maynard, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, February 25, 2022. He was the dedicated and loving husband of Susan (Tucker) Byrne.
Edward was born in Concord, MA on December 26, 1942, to the late Edward P. and Anna (Fraticelli) Byrne. He was raised and educated in Maynard. Edward graduated from Maynard High School, class of 1960. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country from September 1961 to September 1965, he was an instrument repairmen. Edward and Susan married on January 17, 1971.
Edward was appointed a patrolman on the Maynard Police Department in December 1966 and was appointed Police Sergeant on March 9, 1973. Edward also served as acting Chief of the Maynard Police Department from October 1979 to January 1980. He retired from the department in December 1991. Ed was a well-respected, hardworking and dedicated police officer.
Family was most important to Edward. He cherished time spent with his children, grandchildren and close friends. Edward loved cars. He was a co-founder of the Maynard Area Auto Club established on the second Wednesday of October 1988. He enjoyed attending the yearly MAAC car show held at the Maynard Rod and Gun Club. The club ran for thirty-one years.
Edward is survived by his wife, Susan Byrne of Ashby, MA; his children, Karen Rixford and husband Travis of Ashby, MA; Kathryn Byrne of Townsend, MA; his grandchildren, Savannah Byrne, Mykenzie Rixford and Hunter Rixford; his sister, Judith Spratt and husband Cyril of Sudbury, MA; his brother-in-law Robert Allen of Chelmsford, MA; his sister, Alice Hickey; his brother-in law, Frank Tucker of Maynard, MA; his sister-in-law, Dottie Tucker of Littleton, MA; his brother-in-law, Donald Tucker and wife Lynn of Goffstown, NH; his former brother-in-law, Bruce Hallett of Lunenburg, MA. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kimberly Byrne, sister Teresa Allen, his mother and father-in-law Shirley (Spence) and Kenneth Tucker; his sister-in-law, Diane Tucker; sister-in-law, Nancy Scott; brother-in-law, David Tucker; sister-in-law, Lisa Hallett.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Edward on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord St., Maynard. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Bridget's Church, One Percival St., Maynard. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard