Daniel "Dan" O'Byrne


It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel O’Byrne (Dan) announces his peaceful passing in Jacksonville, FL on May 3, 2019 at the age of 60 after courageously battling cancer.

Dan will be forever remembered by his wife of 27 years, Lorrie, and their children Danny and Katie; his parents Dan and Barbara O’Byrne of Wyckoff, NJ; his brothers: Michael O’Byrne of Centreville, VA; Robert O’Byrne of Wyckoff, NJ; Thomas O’Byrne of Fair Lawn, NJ; and his sister Kathleen Harwick of Mantoloking, NJ. Dan will also be lovingly remembered by his brother and sisters-in-law, numerous nephews and nieces, extended family, and dear friends.

Daniel was born on December 19, 1958 in Paterson, NJ. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Regional High School, Montvale, NJ. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics (MAAE) from the University of Central Florida. During his 30 year career in the Hospitality industry, Dan served as the VP for a major hotel real estate company; CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; President and CEO of Visit Jacksonville; and the Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was most recently an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida where he taught Sports Tourism, as well as serving as a Realtor in Northeast Florida.

He was most proud of his wife, children, and family, and how together they lived a faithful and fulfilling Catholic life.

The O’Byrnes will receive family and friends for a memorial visitation at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207, on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm.

A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Assumption Catholic Church, 2403 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

For those who are not able to be present for the visitation and burial services, the family will also be hosting a memorial celebration of Dan’s life at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, on Friday May 17, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A memorial Mass will also be held on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 11 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 15-05 St Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

The O’Byrnes thank family and friends in advance for their love, support, prayers, and kind gestures. They graciously ask that in lieu of flowers to please consider donating to a memorial fund for Dan’s family through the Zelle app to 501-993-7884 or contact [email protected] for more information. 

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Dan's solid "good attitude" is a wonderful memory from our time in high school together. His philosophy of "Boatin'" (his version of "chillen" but clearly ahead of it's time) was an inspiration for us both.
Tim Corlis
my prayers are with all of you at this time may god bless all of you

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