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In Memory of

Peter Joseph Byrne

March 15, 1924 - November 28, 2016

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Peter J Byrne of Naples, FL passed away on November 28, 2016 in Naples FL. Born and reared in Suburban Philadelphia, he later resided in Greenwich, CT, Chicago, IL and Naples, FL. He was age 92. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, 707 N. State St, Chicago, IL 60611 at 10 AM on Saturday, December 3. Visitation will be from 5 PM - 9 PM Friday, December 2 at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. Interment will be private.

Mr. Byrne is survived by...

Peter J Byrne of Naples, FL passed away on November 28, 2016 in Naples FL. Born and reared in Suburban Philadelphia, he later resided in Greenwich, CT, Chicago, IL and Naples, FL. He was age 92. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, 707 N. State St, Chicago, IL 60611 at 10 AM on Saturday, December 3. Visitation will be from 5 PM - 9 PM Friday, December 2 at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. Interment will be private.

Mr. Byrne is survived by his five children, Peter J. Byrne, Jr., Patricia A. Lynch, Karen M. Byrne (Michael Seskin) and her two sons, Gabriel and Evan, Michael F. Byrne (Beth Kavanagh), Thomas G. Byrne (Caroline) and their son Ryan, stepson Thomas Wamberg (Cindy), sister-in-law Irene Byrne and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mr. Byrne was blessed enough to have been married several times during his life; at the time of his death he was married to Mary Elizabeth Scripps.

A decorated combat veteran of Patton's Third Army in WWII, Peter was graduated cum laude from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA; he later received an Advanced Management degree from Northwestern University.

An unacknowledged innovator, Peter's business career was marked by a number of "firsts" on the Operating and Marketing sides of major air cargo and motor freight carriers. A lifelong love for logistics was evident from an early age. His uncanny foresight led him toward revolutionizing Procurement and Distribution functions of numerous businesses; he pioneered the creation and use of containers for air freight distribution.

It often seemed that Peter was happiest at his desk, buried in paperwork, yet there were unknown sides to him as well, his pitch perfect delivery of jokes-he had quite a repertoire-and the deep pleasure he got from basking in the sun, waterside, fine-tuning his well cultivated tan. He was known as a "class act", a gentleman who graced the presence of others with his old world charm, and renowned for his generous philanthropic practices. Among numerous awards received for contributions of service and leadership, he was especially proud of those from Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, St. Joseph's University, Edmundite Mission, and the Archdiocese of Chicago.