Bird, Byron Richard

June 11th, 2016

June 21, 1951 – June 11, 2016

After a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Byron faced this illness with courage, grace, dignity, and was a source of strength to his family. Best friend and soulmate of Peggy. Proud and loving father of Erin MacDonald (Joe), David Bird (Andrea) and Matthew Bird (Lisa). Special Grandpa to Winnie, Chazee and Oliver MacDonald. Survived by his brother Peter Bird (Linda), sister-in-law Sharyn Bird (the late David), brother-in-law Robert Cartwright (Mari), and several nieces and nephew. Predeceased by his parents John and Helen Bird, father and mother-in-law Al and Catherine Cartwright. A sincere thank you to the care teams at Victoria and University Hospital Emergency Departments, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Oncology and Palliative Care. Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada – Research Department. 

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Alison & Glen Urquhart & FamilyWe are so sorry to hear the news Peggy & Family. Byron was such a kind and gentle person with a witty sense of humour. His attention to detail both personally and professionally lead to a life of creativity and uniqueness. His "Fathering" skills spilled over in influencing many young people with his dedication and commitment for leading youth in the Scouting movement. And his passion for tinkering on the MG and creativity in home repair produced amazing results! Truly a gifted individual in many ways. They say that only the good die young... he was one of the best! May God bless you all!
Andrea PalichukWords cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Byron was one of the most gracious, honourable, kind, smart, and good-natured people that I've had the privilege of knowing. His strength of character, and his sense of humour, even until the very end, is so admirable. If there is anyone I want to be more like, it's Byron. He will be so greatly missed, but his loving nature, his gentleness, and his honour will most definitely be carried on by his children. Many of the things I love about David were so clearly passed on from his dad. Rest in peace, Byron, loved always by your family and friends.
Bill CoulsonPeggy & Family. Shocked to read about Byron in the paper this morning! Always enjoyed are talks at the car shows. He was a great guy. My thoughts are with you all.
Brad & Rachel Porter & family Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. May you find comfort and strength in eachother.
Julie & john alexanderWe are so saddened to hear of Byron's passing. Peggy: our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family these past few months. Sending you our deepest condolences.
Alicia HansenMatt our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
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