George "Biff" J. Byrnes


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          WATERBURY - George J. “Biff” Byrnes, Jr., 66, of Waterbury died March 10, 2020 after a long illness.

          George was born September 10, 1953 in Waterbury, the son of Mary Eileen (Hogan) Byrnes and the late George J. Byrnes, Sr.  He attended H.S. Chase Grammar School and W. F. Kaynor Technical High School.  He assumed responsibility for the family business, Connecticut Precision Electro Plating Company, upon the death of his father in 1973.  He later owned the Main St. Cafe on East Main St. and Jennifer’s Cafe on Wolcott Road and was a former commissioner of East Mountain Baseball and an avid Harley Davidson owner and rider.

         As an eleven-year-old in 1965 he was the first winner of The Waterbury Sunday Soapbox Derby which was run on Lakewood Road in front of a crowd of 15,000 people. There were 182 contestants and Biff won a spot in the national Derby in Akron Ohio.  He considered it a highlight of his life and an extremely important achievement.

         Besides his mother he is survived by a son, David G. Byrnes and his wife Heather Heller Byrnes of Wolcott, a daughter Jennifer Byrnes of Wolcott, a sister Kathleen Byrnes of Washington, DC, one grandson, Tyler Paquet and two granddaughters, Mikayla Robinson and Shaelynn Byrnes and several nieces and nephews.

         The funeral will be held Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. from the Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow Street to Mary, Mother of the Church Parish – S.S. Peter and Paul Church, 67 Southmayd Road for a Mass at 9:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  Calling hours are Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St. is in charge of arrangements and would like to thank the Maiorano family for the use of their facility during our renovations.

         In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wolcott Crossroads, Inc, PO Box 6001 Wolcott, Ct  06716.

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