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James Edward Townsend
James Edward Townsend
Class of 2001
(Passed date unknown)
my beloved grandfather
Joseph M. Byrne
Joseph M. Byrne
Faculty
Passed Jun 07, 2007
June 7, 2007 Joseph M. Byrne Jr., 73, of Syracuse, died at home Thursday after a long illness. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1952, received a BA from LeMoyne College in 1958, and a MS from Syracuse University in 1973. He taught second ary school English for 22 years, retiring from Westhill High School in 1987 where he served as English Department Chairperson and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. He joined the New York Air National Guard in 1958. He served with the 174TFG in Phalsbourg, France during the Berlin Crisis and in 1968 he returned to active duty with them at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. In 1986, he transferred to the 152nd Tactical Control Group at Hancock Field. He retired in 1994 as Deputy Commander for Logistics of the 152nd with the rank of Colonel. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He was predeceased by his grandson, Benjamin Joseph Martin; and two brothers, William C. and Lawrence E. Byrne. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary E. (Kerwin) Byrne; three sons, Joseph M. Byrne III (Kathleen), Camillus, NY, Dr. James M. Byrne (Dr. Lia Guina-Byrne), University Place, WA, and Jon M. Byrne, Bradenton , FL: one daughter, Julie M. Martin, Camillus, NY; four grandchildren, Eireann E. and Meghan C. Byrne of Camillus, NY, Hayley E. and Catherine B. Martin, Camillus, NY; two brothers, Peter A. (Margaret), and David J. Byrne; one sister, Catherine B. (Edward) Erwin; his sister-in-law, Ann Tague Byrne; several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial in Onondaga Co. Veterans Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Whelan Bros. Funeral Home, 3700 W. Genesee St. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Whelan Bros. Funeral Home
Lydia Tracy
Lydia Tracy
Class of 1979
Passed Jun 05, 2005
This year, in a few days June 5th is the anniversary of Lydia Tracy's death. She died 3 years ago. If you remember her you know that she and I were best friends forever, and we stayed in touch until the day she died. Unfortunately she left two small children behind, Alex now 12 and Adam, age 10. I talk to the boys all the time and will stay in touch with them as long as they want me to. I am hoping that someday, they will want to know more about their mother and I will be able to tell them what a great friend she was to me. I will miss her always and I know that she didn't graduate with us, she dropped out, but we all went to school with her since kindergarten. Thought you would all like to know. Thank you, Jennifer (Peckham) Mattea
Paul Ninemyer
Paul Ninemyer
Class of 1979
Passed Aug 14, 2009
8-16-09
Paul passed away this week, reason unknown at this time. He was a quite guy who enjoyed the company of friends. He recently attended the 30th reunion gathering at Rosies and seemed to have a good time catching up with old classmates. Syracuse.com will have more info if needed. His services were today. He leaves behind a large and loving family and many friends. I personally spent many hours talking with paul while I worked at Rosies, and I found him to be a very caring individual. He will be missed, and may he rest in peace!
Peter Worrall
Peter Worrall
Class of 1994
Passed Oct 25, 2010
Monday the 25th of October. Peter pasted away..most of you knew Peter from the baseball team. He was the student manager.. he was loved by many and liked by all. Peter had a way about him that he demanded respect and didn't want to be treated different.His disablities Never slowed him down just made him stronger.peter is leaving behind his mom annemarie, two brothers Bob(robert), Brian and three neices samantha,emily and sophia..peter will be having a celebration of life at his house in 112 stanton ave solvay NY 13209 on saturday the 30th from 2-4pm..we're asking that you bring a dish to pass any donations will be givin to help the special needs like Peter.
Richard Woolfort
Richard Woolfort
Class of 1971
Passed Sep 11, 2010
(no additional information)
Rick Strait
Rick Strait
Class of 1981
(Passed date unknown)
I've been notified- sadly, that Rick has passed. Lost his struggle with cancer. I do not know the date... If anyone has pictures, info, anything to share? please post it.
Ryan J. Blydenburgh
Ryan J. Blydenburgh
Class of 1985
Passed Feb 17, 2006
February 17, 2006 Ryan J. Blydenburgh, 38, of Red Creek, died Friday, February 17, as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in the town of Savannah, NY, in Wayne County. Ryan was born in Syracuse on April 20, 1967, a son of William and Doris Crumb Blydenburgh. He was a graduate of SUNY Brockport, where he received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He had resided in Red Creek for three years, moving from Syracuse. He was employed by Salanger Trucking of Syracuse. Ryan was an avid motorcyclist. Surviving are his parents, William and Doris Crumb Blydenburgh of Syracuse; one daughter, Alexis Blydenburgh of Syracuse; his soul mate, Holly Sharpe of Red Creek, and her children, Dustin Johnson and Joseph and Eliza Sharpe; one sister, Erin (Joseph) Greco of Minoa; one brother, Gary (Heidi) Blydenburgh of Brewerton; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends at Becker Funeral Home, 6816 Church St., Red Creek, on Monday, February 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service, with family and friends presiding, will be held on Tuesday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Stephen Slifka
Stephen Slifka
Class of 1979
Passed Oct 31, 2008
(no additional information)
Todd G. Mcdowell
Todd G. McDowell
Class of 1985
Passed Jan 16, 2002
January 16, 2002 (Post Standard) 35-year-old man died Tuesday night after a car struck him while he was crossing Teall Avenue in Lyncourt. Todd G. McDowell of 1405 Grand Ave., Syracuse, was walking in the middle of the street near Shop City about 6:30 p.m., Sheriff Kevin Walsh said. He was trying to cross, Sgt. John D'Eredita said. To avoid northbound traffic, he stepped backward into the southbound lane and into the path of a blue 1996 Mazda, D'Eredita said. The driver, Justin R. Belge, 24, of Syracuse, tried to stop but skidded.
Warren Waxenfeld
Warren Waxenfeld
Faculty
Passed Jul 31, 2008
July 31, 2008 Warren Z. Waxenfeld, 57, of Syracuse, died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Community Hospital. Warren was a financial advisor and assistant agency manager for AXA Equitable for over 20 years. He graduated from Cortland State, earned his master's in education from Syracuse University and taught history in area schools for 13 years. Warren was a member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, NAIFA, SAIFA and achieved the Hallmark I Award and the Hall of Fame Medal. Warren loved his family and friends. He was an avid tennis player, Mets fan and music lover. Survived by his wife, Debbi Waxenfeld; stepsons, Thomas and Brandon Weimer; mother, Charlotte Waxenfeld; sister, Joy Waxenfeld; niece, Marissa Waxenfeld; and his five beloved cats, Angie, Tito, Ebony, Zorro, and Butter-scotch. Services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 3, 2008, at Birnbaum Funeral Chapel, 1909 E. Fayette St. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or the Humane Association of CNY. birnbaum funeral service inc
Published in Syracuse Post
William Neaton
William Neaton
Class of 1964
Passed Apr 26, 2017
William Neaton passed away on April 26, 2017. He was diagnosed with gliosarcoma (an extremely rare brain cancer) in November, 2016. He was proud to be an alumni and was devastated to leave this life so soon and in this terrible way.

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