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Thomas J. Byrd, 66

The Baltimore Sun

Thomas Johnson "Tim" Byrd, a retired Baltimore City firefighter who also worked for BGE, died of myelofibrosis, a blood disease, Friday at a hospital in Glendale, Ariz. The former White Hall resident was 66.

Mr. Byrd was born in Baltimore and raised on Yolando Road in Ednor Gardens. He graduated from City College in 1958 and was captain of the football team.

After graduation, he worked as a lineman for BGE before joining the Baltimore Fire Department in 1970. He was an apparatus driver for Engine Company 18 and Truck Company 5. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Byrd also served in the Army Reserve, and trained in San Antonio, Texas.

"He was a very caring individual and was an active member and former president of the Baltimore Athletic Club. He volunteered at many of their events that raised funds for area charitable organizations," said his brother, William E. Byrd III of Monkton.

He also was a longtime volunteer at the severe burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Mr. Byrd enjoyed visiting the Southwest and moved to Glendale, Ariz., permanently in 1997.

He maintained an interest in Native Americans and their culture, and liked visiting reservations, museums and national parks.

Mr. Byrd donated his body to the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are his wife of 27 years, the former Mary Dove; a stepdaughter, Laurie Painton of Salt Lake City; and four stepgrandsons.

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