Richard Carson Byrd

May 8, 1933 - June 22, 2020 West Grove, PA | Age 87

Richard Carson Byrd (Dick) passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the age of 87. He was born on May 8, 1933 in West Grove to the late Jeter Carson Byrd and Alberta Byrd (Street).

In his youth, he worked on the family farm. In school, he was in FFA (Future Farmers of America). Upon graduating Avon Grove High School in 1951, he married Shirley Marie Paisley. They had four children, Deb (McMahon), John Byrd, Sharon (Ham) and Richard Jr. (Rick).

Dick was a hardworking man. Along with being a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company, he ran his farm for a few years, was a mushroom grower, and had a gas station for a short time. He eventually got into the auto body business, working for William Smith and then Robert Abernethy in Avondale. He was an automobile painter at Abernethy’s Body Shop until 1978, when he went in business for himself, opening Byrd’s Body Shop. He worked at his shop until his retirement in 1995, then helping his son Rick part time. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling to Florida, watching NASCAR, boating and snowmobiling.

Richard is pre-deceased by his sisters, Betty Tice and Barbara Underwood. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his children and many grand and great grandchildren.

His final wishes were that no services be held for him.


  1. Dear Byrd Family, I am sending sympathy and prayers to all. I remember your father well as my Grandparents, Edith and George Elser, had bought your family farm where my sister and I raised our horses. The years are long gone but the memories of your family linger on. May you find peace within memories. Condolences to all, Susan

    Susan Elser Schuck | July 14, 2020 at 12:37 PM
  2. To the Byrd family,
    Gerry & I are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He will live forever in your hearts
    Our thoughts and prayers to all..
    Gerry & Roseanne Ortega

    Roseanne | July 6, 2020 at 10:19 AM
  3. To the Byrd family, We were sorry to hear about Mr. Byrd’s passing. Looking at pictures from the shop at Avondale
    always brings back good memories of growing up around the guys that worked there. Our thoughts and prayers are
    with your family. Faye, Randy, and Goldie Smith

    faye hipkins | July 6, 2020 at 8:44 AM
  4. Rick we are so sorry for your loss. While we did not really know your father he must have been an amazing man based on the man you are.
    Tim and Lisa

    Lisa McCarley | July 3, 2020 at 9:28 AM
  5. Sharon and Rick I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with your mom in Avondale please give her my condolences. My prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace at your time of loss
    Janice Munday

    Janice munday | July 1, 2020 at 4:38 PM
  6. to the Byrd family RIP dick never forgot the good times at body shop when I was a kid and you were the old guys

    jerry kmetz | July 1, 2020 at 9:41 AM
  7. To the Byrd Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dear Dad. I had many fun times with Shirley and Dick. He taught me how to water ski. Life happened and we didn`t see much of each other anymore, but the great memories and the great friendship will always be there.
    My Love and Prayers to all. Sincerely, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | July 1, 2020 at 7:34 AM
  8. Debbie, John, Sharon & Rick –
    So sorry to hear about your dad passing. He was such a nice man – I would run into him around town and we would always chat. He was hard working and enjoyed being active. My thoughts and prayers are with you all – hold on to all the memories.
    Bonnie (Barnes) D’Antonio

    Bonnie D'Antonio | June 30, 2020 at 12:33 PM

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