Raymond John Byrne III, age 50

of Randolph

Raymond John Byrne III, age 50

Raymond John Byrne III, of Randolph, a longtime member of Boston Plumbers & Gasfitters Union Local 12, passed away, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

He was 50 years old.

Raymond grew up in the Adams Shore neighborhood of Quincy and was a 1991 graduate of Quincy Vocational-Technical High School.

He was an entertaining, unfiltered and larger-than-life personality, smarter and more thoughtful than he let on beneath his rough-and-tumble Boston-Irish plumber persona. He was a trivia master, food lover and aficionado of football at all levels.

He was also known as Raybo or, to his family and oldest friends, Ray-Ray.

Raymond is survived by his beautiful, devoted wife KellyAnn Manning of Randolph, and his dutiful, dedicated father Raymond J. of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his beloved and deeply missed mother Nancy Louise (Halloran) Byrne.

He is also survived by his proud brother Kerry J. Byrne of New York City, loving sister Leanne M. Byrne of Quincy, equally proud brother Andrew R. Byrne of Randolph, cherished niece and Goddaughter Alivia R. Byrne of North Attleboro, and many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Ray was a prolific card writer – dutifully crafting handwritten cards sent by postal service instead of hastily typed messages zipped off via email. Friends and family could count on personal messages on birthdays and on his favorite holidays, often with faithful messages.

Raymond was proud of his profession and his family’s longtime affiliation with Local 12.

The Byrne boys, with nearly 100 consecutive years served, comprise one of the oldest families to represent Local 12 and the finest plumbers in the nation.

Grandfather Raymond joined Local 12 in 1926. Father Raymond is a retired member with 42 years in the local.

“He liked to tell people he was the third-best plumber in Boston,” said little brother Andrew, also an active member of Local 12, and currently ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press Boston plumbers’ poll.

Raybo loved food and travel. He often spent weekends exploring favorite new food finds or famous movie-location sites around New England.

Ray and his wife Kelly recently explored Cape Ann, enjoying fried clams at famed Woodman’s of Essex and lunch at the Bird’s Nest in Gloucester, renowned for its role in the book and movie “The Perfect Storm.”

He was a member of the powerhouse 1990 Quincy High Presidents football team, who went 8-1-1 and capped the season with a victory over arch-rival North Quincy on Thanksgiving Day.

Raymond was intensely proud of his Boston roots, his unmistakable blue-collar Boston accent and the city’s major sports teams.

He was also a lifelong fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as an enthusiastic fan of college football, eagerly following the best teams and biggest games around the nation. He traveled to college football games each autumn.

Ray had recently attained local renown as frequent sports-radio caller “Ray from Quincy” – waxing in his own entertaining, unfiltered style about sports and other topics.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, July 31, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Raymond’s memory may be made to South Shore Recovery Home, 10 Dysart Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • We know your in a better place along side God in heaven. That being said all of us left here will miss you and pray for you as we remember the short time we had to spend together.
    Uncle Joe & Aunt Sissy

  • I grew up in Adam’s Shore and Ray was one of my closest friends growing up. We had so many good times and so many laughs. Ray always had a big heart and a big personality. Behind the tough exterior there was a gentle soul. Although I haven’t seen Ray in quite some time I will always have found memories of him.. my love to the Byrne family ♥.. it’s only goodbye for now but I will see you again my friend…
    Ernie Deane and family

  • Ray Ray, May you be at peace, comfortably resting in your loving mother’s arms.

  • I’m going to miss your texts about stupid stuff on jobs… I pray Ray-Ray you finally have peace… well, right after your mother gets done with you…. 💜

  • I’m going to miss you Ray.


  • He was such a warm fun loving guy. I cam remember his voice calling me Rickster. He will be missed!

  • My very deep sorrow for Ray Sr., Andrew and family whom I consider my friends and brothers. We had many good good times that will always be remembered. God Bless his soul and may he test in heaven. Love, George Donahue.

  • My deepest condolences to the entire Byrne family. The Thanksgiving morning tailgate parties in Quincy won’t be the same without his exuberant presence.

  • Kellyann Jean and I send our heartfelt condolences to you. There are no words and never we could say to describe how we feel about Ray. we are here if you need anything you know how to get us! Prayers for your family. and Ray.

  • I’m so very sorry for the loss of Ray Ray. Robert and I send our deepest condolences to Ray Sr. And the Byrne family. We love you all and wish you peace.

  • Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Wishing you the best and know you have my full support in every moment. I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this. I love you all.
    Liz Halloran Holt

  • Sending sincere condolences to the family. Although I didn’t know Ray the 3rd I so wish I could have known him.
    Sending love to my cousin Ray and his family.

  • KellyAnn, you have many friends and family to help you get through this, loss is difficult and stays with us forever. Cherish your fond memories, be as glad as you can that Ray is at complete peace – and close to those who care about you. You are in our prayers, and our hearts.