Byrne, (Colmcille) Andrew
March 2, 1941 – December 18, 2022
Andy was supported by his beloved family as he was released from his relentless struggle with dementia. It was a quick and peaceful passing after a very long goodbye.
After our 51 years together, I, Lorraine, mourn his passing but am grateful for the deep love we shared, the time we had together and especially for his legacy – his 4 sons - Andrew, Christopher (Tara), Stephen, Matthew (Cheri Anne) – his 8 grandchildren - Beverley (Alex), Angela (Carlos), Annalisa, Addison, Autumn, Anderson, Lium and Reiley- and one and only great-grandson Stefano.
Andy was born in Northern Ireland and was raised in England by loving parents Enid (HQ) and Andy, who both passed before him. He is survived by his beloved younger sisters Ann and Patsy.
He joined the British Air Training Corps as a cadet at the age of 15 and then on his 18th birthday enlisted in the British Air Force. He served for 8 years on many deployments, including Borneo and a UN Peacekeeping mission to Cypress. After leaving the Air Force he worked for British Airways before emigrating to Canada working in the Artic for Marconi on the DEW line then coming to Montreal to work for Nordair, finally joining Air Canada based in Montreal, Halifax, back to Montreal then finally to Ottawa where he retired.
Andy spent the last months of his life being cared for at Allendale Long Term Care Home in Milton, where he became part of the family in Allen House then Petit House. Special thanks and admiration goes to the staff there for their kind and dignified care.
Andy’s wish was for us to hold him in our hearts, cherish the memory of the love he had for each of us and to celebrate the good times he shared. In that spirit we have already gathered and toasted his memory with rum and coke and will honour his wish to continue to live fully, laugh often and love deeply.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Andy
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at J. Scott Early Funeral Home