portrait picture for Richard Alan Byrnes

Wake:Thursday, September 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Friday September 29th, at 10:30 am at St. Michael Church 469 North Street, Greenwich.Interment:St. Mary Cemetery, 399 North Street,Greenwich.

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.

  1. Richard was a good friend and a good artist! We loved his sense of humor. It was very pleasant to be in his company. He will be missed.

    Alberta Cifolelli and Charles Lamb.

    September 27, 2017
    Alberta Cifolelli -
  • Richard was a very wonderful artist and person. I am very blessed to have known Dick for many years. The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s community of artist will miss his sense of humor. Dick prayers for a save journey to heaven as you will be greatly missed by all. Jackie

    September 27, 2017
    Jackie Akers-CCP -
  • Dear Gregory, Susan, Jeanne and Tricia …

    Al Tackman hired me at Education Dimensions Corporation (before the name had to be changed to EDG – Educational Dimensions Group … over some conflict of a similar name) … in December 1974 … as Assistant Shipping Manager.

    Al left to pursue his accounting career. I was promoted to Shipping Manager. At the time, I was putting myself through college and was younger than those who worked for me!

    When your Dad decided to revert back to direct mail as the primary marketing channel, he informed me that I had a lot to learn. He obviously saw something in me that gave him the idea I could help him make that transition.

    Thus, my career in database marketing began where I would hone my marketing specialty for the next 30+ years.

    There were some very successful years and some that were trying.

    In those down times, Dick never once blamed anyone or expressed any lack of confidence in his staff.

    That was something that I took for granted … but later came to fully appreciate in my 23 years in “Corporate America” (excluding my EDG years.)

    There will never be another one quite like Dick.
    I will always remember him as a kind man … with a wicked sense of humor and an infectious laugh.

    Bobbie, Alex and I often spoke of Dick with fond memories.
    With our condolences.

    September 28, 2017
    The Romans - Chuck, Bobbie and Alex (Stamford, Connecticut) -
  • I am so sorry to hear this news. Dick was an amazing boss who taught me so much. He sent me out to see the world for which I will be forever grateful.

    October 16, 2017
    Mary Lou canning -
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