Frank Byrne
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Obituary of Frank Byrne

A resident of Chatham, Frank Byrne Sr. passed away with his family by his side, at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at the age of 61.

He was the son of the late Carl & Geraldine (nee Drouillard).

Remembered always by his loving wife of 40 years, Margaret (nee Shepherd).

Dearest father of Frank Byrne Jr, Jeff Byrne & Shavonn Ellis (Rick). 

Proud papa of Brennan (Buck), Austyn (Buzz), Carsyn (Co), Carter (Bumbum) & Jaedynne. 

Brother of Carolyn Labrecque (Mike), the late Jeanine Oriet (Roger), Kathy Crosby, & Joanne Gignac (Chris). 

Brother-in-law of Fay Duphette (Ron). 

Missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family, & friends.

Frank worked as an Heavy Equipment Operator for over 30 years where he shared his passion for drainage in the Municipality. Proud mentor of Byrne Boy's Excavating & Byrne Boy's Shorthorns. He enjoyed anything related to agricultural - spending his last days in his tractor. His proudest moments were watching his family show cattle at various events. Frank loved to spend time with his grandchildren and seeing them smile - they were his world. He will be deeply missed by many friends all over the world, cattleman, livestock and most importantly, his family. 

The Byrne family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to Dr. Miller & the staff at the Chatham-Kent Hospice for all of their compassionate care and support. 

Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Friday, June 26, 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, those hoping to attend the visitation must schedule a time online at or phone us at 519-351-2040. No one will be permitted at the visitation without a scheduled time. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario have mandated that everyone attending must wear a mask. 

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Those hoping to attend the Service at 11:00 am must schedule a time online at or phone the Funeral Home at 519-351-2040.  Please plan to arrive within the 10:00 - 10:45 am time frame. With Covid-19 restrictions you likely will be seated in an overflow seat. Cremation to take place. 

Online condolences may be left for the family and donations may be made to the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund - London Health Sciences Centre (please make cheque payable to the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund) by mailing or delivering a cheque to the Funeral Home ( 

McKinlay Funeral Home 
459 St. Clair St. 
519 351 2040

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