Michael C. Byrne, 51

Michael C. Byrne, 51, of Plymouth, Mich., died Saturday, Aug. 9, after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of 25 years to Mia (Ready), and the son of Ann Byrne of Wilton and the late John J. Byrne.

Mr. Byrne graduated from New Canaan High School with the class of 1981. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, where he met his wife. Mr. Byrne worked for Ford Motor Company and moved to Michigan in 1985.

“He was a man of very few words, but his quick wit and dry sense of humor lifted the spirits of those who knew him,” his family said.

Mr. Byrne enjoyed golf, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, triathlon and running. He battled a rare cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, for 21 years. In 2004 he ran the New York Marathon to raise awareness of GIST cancer and the Life Raft Group, which supports GIST research. On Oct. 12, 2014, the 10-year anniversary of his run in the NYC Marathon, Jennifer Hartzler, who ran the NYC Marathon with Mr. Byrne, will be running the Chicago Marathon to honor him and raise money for the Life Raft Group.

He was the father of Matthew Byrne and brother of John J. Byrne III, Thomas Kerwin (Gemma) Byrne, Kathryn Byrne and Gregory F. (Natalie) Byrne. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Mich. The burial will be with his father at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan.

Memorials may be made to: LifeRaftGroup.donorpages.com/ChicagoMarathon2014/jenniferHartzler2014 or mail a check to The Life Raft Group to: Chicago Marathon Fundraiser: Life Raft Group, Inc., 155 U.S. 46 #202, Wayne, NJ.