Richard Alan Byrnes
June 26, 1933 ~ September 23, 2017
Richard Alan Michael (Dick) Byrnes of Greenwich, CT died September 23, 2017. He was born on June 26, 1933 in Elizabeth, NJ to John J. II and Jacqueline Byrnes. He graduated from St. John’s grammar school, Dunellen, NJ, Xavier High School in Manhattan, the University of Notre Dame, and received a Master’s in Fine Arts from Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Meade, MD during the end of the Korean conflict. He is predeceased by his wife of 49 years Ann Byrnes He is survived by four children, Susan Ardito Byrnes of Brooklyn, NY, Jeanne Fones of Easton, CT and Tricia A. Byrnes of Portland, OR, Gregory A. Byrnes of Greenwich and was predeceased by a son Douglas A. Byrnes of Bondville, VT. He is survived by a sister, Kathy Miller of Wayne, PA and predeceased by siblings Roger Byrnes, Jack Byrnes and Barbara Hebert. He is survived by six grandchildren, Mia and Claire Ardito, Andrea Donovan, Madelaine, Lilah and Jake Fones and two great grandchildren, Siobhan and Ciaran Donovan and in-laws Peter and Morna Ryan and Dick and Joan Ryan.
After his discharge from the Army, Dick taught Art in public schools and in 1967 began Educational Dimensions Corp., which produced audio visual films, filmstrips and videos for schools. In 1972 the company moved to South Pacific St. in Stamford. At its peak employed 35 people. The company became the leader in the art education market and was acquired as an imprint of Random House. He then founded Double Diamond Corp. and continued to teach art. He ran a summer art program in Les Cerqueux-Sous-Passavant, FR. He also taught a weekly art class in Westport and at The Mews in Greenwich. As a professional artist, he exhibited in the Stable Gallery Invitational as part of the New York abstract expressionist school of the 1950s, he had a one man show at the Miami Museum of Art, exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Phoenix Gallery in NYC and many local galleries.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 29th, at 10:30 am at St. Michael Church 469 North St., Greenwich followed by a burial with military honors at St. Mary Cemetery, Greenwich. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.