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RAYMOND A. "RAY" BYRNES

Coventry, Rhode Island

June 10, 2024

RAYMOND A. "RAY" BYRNES Obituary


 

BYRNES, RAYMOND A. “RAY,” age 82, of Coventry, founder and CEO of Contech Medical Inc., passed away at his home on Sunday morning, June 9, 2024, while surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years Annmarie (Fusco) Byrnes in September 2022. Born in 1941, he was a son of the late Raymond J. Byrnes and Eleanor M. (Stubbs) Schweikart. 


After graduating in 1959 from Putnam High School in Connecticut, Raymond enlisted in the Army National Guard. He was discharged honorably in January 1967 attaining the rank of Sergeant. Raymond was more than a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Raymond was a visionary. In 1987 he founded Contech Medical Incorporated. This international medical device company is one of the largest in the world. Raymond, a dedicated man of great Catholic faith, offered tremendous love and support to his church, the community, the schools, sports and arts programs. Although not an alumni, he was named to the Coventry High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2017 for his tremendous support to the school district and Coventry community. Raymond served for many years on the Coventry Town Council and later served on the Juvenile Hearing Board. Raymond was a dedicated parishioner of Saints John & Paul Church for decades. Raymond and his daughter Lori were respected for their uplifting music ministry at Saints John & Paul Church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Blessing Council, the Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge #2285, and the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary just to name a few. He was an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the Providence College Friars Basketball program and coached for years for the Coventry Basketball Association. Raymond had a passion for sports cars and racing and he cherished his California Special Ford Mustang. Raymond on occasion would enjoy a glass of fine wine along with delectable cuisine.

 
He is survived by his three children Lisa A. Lachance and her husband Paul of Coventry, Lori J. LeBrun and her fiance Michael O’Loughlin of West Greenwich, and Christopher M. Byrnes and his wife Vivian of Coventry; his seven grandchildren Matthew LeBrun and his wife Jessica, Catherine Lachance, Christopher LeBrun, Joseph Lachance, Timothy LeBrun, Andrew Byrnes and Tyler Byrnes; his two step-grandchildren: Kerri Nunn and her husband Willy and Casey Brandsma and her husband Justin; his five step great-grandchildren; his former son-in-law, Donald Lebrun as well as numerous extended family members including his brother Dennis Byrnes and his husband Frank Cerilli of Cranston and his half-sister Jean Marovich and her husband Milan of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. 


His funeral will be on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. from the Iannotti Funeral Home at MAPLE ROOT, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Rd., (Rte.3) Coventry with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Saints John & Paul Church. Interment with military honors at Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Greenwich. Visiting hours are Wednesday evening, June 12, 2024 from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Raymond’s memory may be made to The Coventry High School Alumni Association where a scholarship will be established in his memory. Information can be found at this website: Coventry High School Alumni Association, (https://oakeralumni.org) or mailing address: CHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 705, Coventry, RI 02816. iannottifh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of RAYMOND A. "RAY" BYRNES hosted by Iannotti Funeral Home.


 

BYRNES, RAYMOND A. “RAY,” age 82, of Coventry, founder and CEO of Contech Medical Inc., passed away at his home on Sunday morning, June 9, 2024, while surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years Annmarie (Fusco) Byrnes in September 2022. Born in 1941, he was a son of the late Raymond J. Byrnes and Eleanor M. (Stubbs) Schweikart. 


After graduating in 1959 from Putnam High School in Connecticut, Raymond enlisted in the Army National Guard. He was discharged honorably in January 1967 attaining the rank of Sergeant. Raymond was more than a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Raymond was a visionary. In 1987 he founded Contech Medical Incorporated. This international medical device company is one of the largest in the world. Raymond, a dedicated man of great Catholic faith, offered tremendous love and support to his church, the community, the schools, sports and arts programs. Although not an alumni, he was named to the Coventry High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2017 for his tremendous support to the school district and Coventry community. Raymond served for many years on the Coventry Town Council and later served on the Juvenile Hearing Board. Raymond was a dedicated parishioner of Saints John & Paul Church for decades. Raymond and his daughter Lori were respected for their uplifting music ministry at Saints John & Paul Church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Blessing Council, the Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge #2285, and the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary just to name a few. He was an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the Providence College Friars Basketball program and coached for years for the Coventry Basketball Association. Raymond had a passion for sports cars and racing and he cherished his California Special Ford Mustang. Raymond on occasion would enjoy a glass of fine wine along with delectable cuisine.

 
He is survived by his three children Lisa A. Lachance and her husband Paul of Coventry, Lori J. LeBrun and her fiance Michael O’Loughlin of West Greenwich, and Christopher M. Byrnes and his wife Vivian of Coventry; his seven grandchildren Matthew LeBrun and his wife Jessica, Catherine Lachance, Christopher LeBrun, Joseph Lachance, Timothy LeBrun, Andrew Byrnes and Tyler Byrnes; his two step-grandchildren: Kerri Nunn and her husband Willy and Casey Brandsma and her husband Justin; his five step great-grandchildren; his former son-in-law, Donald Lebrun as well as numerous extended family members including his brother Dennis Byrnes and his husband Frank Cerilli of Cranston and his half-sister Jean Marovich and her husband Milan of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. 


His funeral will be on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. from the Iannotti Funeral Home at MAPLE ROOT, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Rd., (Rte.3) Coventry with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Saints John & Paul Church. Interment with military honors at Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Greenwich. Visiting hours are Wednesday evening, June 12, 2024 from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Raymond’s memory may be made to The Coventry High School Alumni Association where a scholarship will be established in his memory. Information can be found at this website: Coventry High School Alumni Association, (https://oakeralumni.org) or mailing address: CHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 705, Coventry, RI 02816. iannottifh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of RAYMOND A. "RAY" BYRNES hosted by Iannotti Funeral Home.

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