Posted: Fri 9:05 AM, Feb 15, 2013
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
April 15, 1953 – February 11, 2013
Stephen P. Byrne passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the age of 59. He was born April 15, 1953 to Bill P. and Patricia (Seewald) Byrne in San Antonio, Texas. He received his Undergraduate in Architecture ('75), Masters in Building Construction ('77) and had recently begun his Doctoral studies at Texas A&M University.
Steve "bled maroon". He loved Aggie football and baseball and took great pride in mentoring the next generation of Aggies as a Professor in the Construction Science Department. This was his way of giving back to the industry that he loved.
Although Texas A&M was close to his heart, Steve's greatest love was his family. He was a devoted husband of 41 years, loving father and grandfather. He made it a priority to be there for his family and took great pride in coaching sports for his son and attending his grandson's games. Steve was a selfless and compassionate man, always giving with a genuine heart. He was a rock for his wife, daughter and family. Steve was a man of God who lived his faith quietly. He had a way of bringing a practical approach to tough situations, which typically included a good dose of one-lined humor. Steve was loved by his family and friends, and adored by his wife, children and grandson.
Steve was Fellow and Certified Professional Constructor with the American Institute of Constructors and served as the national past-president. He also served as the Associate Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Construction for the Texas A&M University System. He was a former member of First Baptist Church in College Station, where he was actively involved serving as chairman of the Deacons, chairman of the Finance Committee, and as an usher. He and his wife, Penny, are members of Central Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Pat Byrne.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Penny Byrne of College Station; daughter, Shawn McDaniel of The Woodlands; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Laura Byrne of Dallas; grandson, Mason McDaniel of The Woodlands; father, Bill Byrne of San Antonio; sisters, Sandi Taylor of San Antonio and Susan Byrne of Houston; a niece, Susanne Dobry of Pleasanton.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church in College Station with Dr. Rodney McGlothlin officiating. Interment will follow in the Aggie Field of Honor. Visitation will be from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to, the Stephen P. Byrne '75 and Paul M. Byrne '02 Endowed Scholarship Fund, Department of Construction Science College in the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University or to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
Steve will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.