ASPPA Mourns Pat Byrnes

By ASPPA Net Staff • November 01, 2017 • 0 Comments

The ASPPA family is saddened to announce that longtime leader G. Patrick Byrnes passed away on Oct. 30, 2017.

Byrnes had an important and lasting impact on not only ASPPA and ACOPA, but also on the entire private-sector retirement industry. “Pat was a great leader in our industry. He will be sorely missed,” said ASPPA Executive Director Brian Graff.

Byrnes, a former Marine, served as ASPPA President in 1991, was a co-founder of the Los Angeles Benefits Conference, drafted ASPPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and helped merge the College of Pension Actuaries (COPA) into ASPPA. One of Byrnes’ biggest accomplishments was to develop a working agreement resulting in improved communication and relations between the IRS and our industry, a solid relationship that continues today. He also served on the ASPPA History Book Task Force.

He received the Harry T. Eidson Founders Award, the Commissioner’s Award from the IRS, and the Director’s Award from the IRS Los Angeles District.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mortuary, 5835 West Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following charities:

Torrance YMCA (Byrnes was on the Board for the Torrance YMCA and was passionate about youth programs for literacy and fitness)
2900 West Sepulveda
Torrance, CA 90505
Please indicate that funds should be for the Torrance/South Bay location

Lamp Community (provides help to the homeless, primarily adults with mental illness, in the Los Angeles area)
Attn: Development Department
1920 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Hope for Paws (rescues dogs and other animals who are suffering on the streets or in shelters)
8950 W. Olympic Blvd. #525
Los Angeles, CA 90211


Comments (1)

Sad news. Pat was a very long time friend and colleague, working together at ASPPA over many years and getting to know each other on a personal as w... Read more
11/1/2017 3:35 PM
Brendan O'Farrell