It is with great sadness that IAOM announces the passing of Tom Byrnes, the founder of Blower Engineering and Steam Engineering.
Tom Byrnes (February 27, 1930-April 17, 2022) passed away at his home in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, surrounded by his family: his wife of 68 years, Peggy; and children Debra, Tim, Robyn, Tom Jr., Bill, and Ghislaine.
Tom graduated from the University of Toronto in 1954 with a degree in civil engineering and began his career in the pneumatic conveying field at GATX-Fuller Company in the early 1960s.
He continued a regular 80+ hour work week well into his 90th year. He always maintained that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
He enjoyed attending the many IAOM district meetings and conferences over the past 30+ years.
He said the highlight of the year was attending the annual conference and reconnecting with his many friends in the milling industry.
He is survived by his wife, 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.