Patrick M. Byrne, 61, Saint Joseph, MO

Published 08/05 2014 09:16AM

Updated 08/05 2014 09:19AM

Patrick M. Byrne, 61, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home.

Pat was born December 12, 1952 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Lawrence and Marguerite (Maxey) Byrne.
He graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School in 1971 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Missouri Western State College. He also received a Master’s degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University.

Pat married Pati Nurski on August 10, 1974. They had two children, Nathan and Hilary.

Pat worked as a teacher and coach. His career spanned four decades, included three schools — East Buchanan High School, Benton High School and West Platte High School — and it influenced hundreds of lives, if not more.

After that, Pat enjoyed retirement and did not shy away from letting people know about it. In retirement, he often said he only knew what day it was when he saw a bigger newspaper. He always looked forward to fishing, hunting, friends and his next grandson fix.

He lived life.

Pat answered to many names, including Coach, Skel, El Gato, Pa Pat and probably several others.

Pat belonged to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus 571, and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. He played on several state-champion softball teams and was named to an all-American team. Pat refereed high school basketball for nearly 20 years. He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pati Byrne; daughter, Hilary Byrne; sisters, Mary Jo and Katie Byrne.

Survivors include son, Nathan Byrne and wife, Danielle, Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Jacob, Conor, Grant Byrne; brothers, John (Judy) Byrne, Saint Joseph, Missouri; Tom Byrne, Savannah, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Tuesday at Saint James Catholic Church. Viewing after 12 noon, Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 am, Monday at our Chapel. Rosary will be at 6 pm Monday at our Chapel. The family will receive friends following the rosary till 9 pm Monday evening. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pat Byrne Memorial Scholarship Fund for Aspiring Coaches in care of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. They encourage everyone who knew Pat to share their favorite memories online at

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