Barbara Egan Byrnes

May 10, 1928 - April 25, 2010
Barbara Egan Byrnes


Barbara E. Byrnes, 81 of Wilmington passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Barbara was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Egan of Tarrytown, New York. Two sisters, Dorothy Nelson and Rosemary Egan, preceded her in death.

Barbara married James Byrnes from Irvington on the Hudson on October 20, 1951. Her husband, James Byrnes survives her; also surviving are her five children and their spouses, James Byrnes, Sharon and William Spear, Shawn and Joseph Adamec, Kathleen and John Canero and Janet Byrnes. Barbara also has five grandchildren; Shelby Byrnes, Eric Spear, Lauren Spear, James Canero and Carly Canero.

Barbara worked at General Motors in Tarrytown, New York, and then had a career with the Mount Pleasant School District in Thornwood, New York, until she retired and moved to Wilmington in 1987.

She enjoyed golfing at The Cape; gardening; had a passion for all animals and the beach. Barbara’s pride was in her family and she wanted the best for all her children.

A funeral service will be held on May 11, 2010 at 10 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church. Her final resting place will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.

Barbara requested that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Eastern North Carolina Chapter 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609 in honor of her daughter, Shawn Adamec.

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  • April 30, 2010
    Sue Yanowiak says:
    It was my pleasure to meet and spend time with Barbara.She was such a Lady and we had a few laughs together.I know she loved her cat and I'm sure Gi Gi will miss her as Do I. Sue Yanowiak

  • May 01, 2010
    Emily Daugherty says:
    What a courageous lady Barbara was. Throughout the past year, I never heard her complain when in her presence, she always had positive things to talk about. I particulary think of her love of flowere and I will never look at pansies again without thinking of her. I pray she is at peace now and that you, as her family, are finding comfort in your fond memories of her as a devoted Mother and Wife.

  • April 28, 2010
    Sandy Panicali says:
    We knew each other for such a short time. Your sense of humor and the love you showed for your family was to be admired.....I enjoyed our visits very much... To the Byrnes family: may you draw comfort knowing that others are thinking of you. Sandy

  • May 10, 2010
    Rob Hayes says:
    To the Byrnes Family: My deepest Sympathy goes out to you all. Barbara was a great woman, great memories of her growing up and vacations to Cape Cod. may she Rest in Peace. Rob