James Joseph Byrne, age 60

of Braintree

James Joseph Byrne, age 60

James Joseph Byrne, age 60, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at home.

James was born in Newton, raised and educated in Quincy, and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1981. He lived in Braintree for the past nine years, previously in Quincy for most of his life.

He was employed in the receiving department at Home Depot in Quincy for over six years, and previously worked in the food service industry at the former Hearth ‘n Kettle Restaurant in Weymouth.

Jimmy was a 1970’s rock music enthusiast and enjoyed performing standup comedy and karaoke. He was also an avid Boston sports fan, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.

Jimmy was a lifelong friend to many and enjoyed the get-togethers and laughs they shared. He was a man who loved and showed up for his friends and family, and most of all, he was a person of service. We are ever grateful for his presence in our lives, our hearts are broken, and he will be forever missed.

Beloved son of the late James S. and Sarah E. “Peggy” (Beagan) Byrne.

Devoted brother of Mary Murley and her husband Henry of Randolph, Paula Maier and her husband Butch of Quincy.

Proud of his niece and nephews, Jimmy was the dear uncle of Sean Murley, Lindsay Murley, Billy Maier, Dan Maier, and Adam Maier, and great-uncle of Cooper Murley.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday August 11, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial visitation prior to the service from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.


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  • Sorry to hear about your brother Mary and Paula Sending PRAYERS 🙏 Mrs Mary Lawlor

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Jimmy. I’m sorry for your loss. Jim always showed up. He was there for other people. I will miss him.

  • I knew Jim growing up in the neighborhood, and his dry wit was always a lot of fun. My most vivid memory of him in our teen years was what a fanatical fan he was of the band Queen..

    Rest easy, Jim.

  • Jimmy,
    So great to have you over my house a few weeks ago to enjoy a wonderful time during the cookout/pool party. I think all of the neighborhood crew (going back 45 years!!) was there and we shared a lot of great stories and laughs. That is how I will remember you-enjoying a cheeseburger by the pool amongst many friends, all with smiles on their faces.
    I am going to miss you!

  • James Joseph Byrne, Jimmy Joe, Burnsie … one of my oldest and dearest friends.
    From 1st Grade, through boy scouts, CYO, Sterling, QHS, Brigham’s, Queen, Celtic’s games and U. Mass – most of my stories start out “me and Burnsie were …”
    As young friends we would walk around the blocks surrounding Payne St and talk about life. As men we stayed close, and from time to time we would still have those types of chats … just not as frequent. Carol loved you as much as I did, and we were already looking forward to having you over for some lasagna and a Pats game now that the worst of Covid is done. We will always remember your wit and humor.
    When Paula called it reminded of the day Ray called to tell us we lost Pete. Just hard to comprehend. I know you are a man of faith – and I told you that you were very helpful to me in my own faith journey. I know you are home in paradise.
    I will miss you Jimmy … love your friend Pimbo.

  • Time seems to pass so quickly seems like yesterday we were hanging out and playing ball in the neighborhood and it’s time to say goodbye. I know our paths have not crossed a lot over the years but when they did we always had a few laughs. It was great to have caught up with you only a few short weeks ago. RIP BURNSIE 😘

  • Jimmy , I can only picture the look on your face when you get to meet Freddie Mercury face to face!! Priceless.
    RIP brother.

  • Dear Mary, Paula and family:

    We are so sorry about the passing of your brother Jimmy.

    Jimmy was such a nice guy and we will miss him!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time!


  • Jim, We grew up in a tight knit neighborhood. We all cared about each other and that stuck. I Always enjoyed our times spent together whether at the Park shooting hoops, at a concert or just walking home from school. You will be missed.

  • Although I haven’t seen Jimmy a lot over the past decade, I have nothing but fond memories of all the time we spent together in our younger days. Our times in high school, Concerts, AHMC, working together at BFDS, softball, the numerous occasions we spent just hanging out after work were always good times. When I speak of these times, I remember his quick wit that always made me laugh. I consider myself lucky to be able to call Jimmy my friend. My condolences go out to his family and friends. I know I’m not alone when I say I will miss him.

  • Jimmy I’ll never forget all the whiffle ball, football and street hockey games behind the bank, those were great times, we grew up in a great neighborhood in Quincy. Rest in peace Jimmy. Del

  • We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Jimmy. Lifting you, Paula and other family members up in prayer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and will be with you all tomorrow. Love, Kathy & Dan

  • To the Byrne family… I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was such a great guy and a special friend. I used to love being one of his “groupies” following him to his comedy gigs. It was an honor to have him as an usher in our wedding… and I always enjoyed our Patriot’s games and lasagna. There are so many fond memories of him… RIP my friend…I hope you’ve got them all belly laughing up there listening to Queen. Gonna miss ya… love you.

  • To the entire Byrne family and all Jim’s dear friends, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. I really enjoyed his friendship and all the good times we had together , I will especially miss his sharp wit and great sense of humor, Jimmy was a riot!
    RIP Jimmy