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Obituary: Desmond 'Desi' Hynes, 83

Born in Ireland, he spent many years in Bethel and Danbury.

On December 21, 2012, Desmond ("Desi") Joseph Hynes, of Danbury, CT, passed on at the age of 83 at the Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. Born to William and Annie (Martin) Hynes of Athlone, Ireland on December 8, 1929, his family emigrated to America settling in New York. 

He graduated from Mount Saint Michaels in the Bronx. He married Joyce Sullivan in Mt. Vernon, NY and they relocated to Bethel, CT in 1960 where his family lived for many years before he spent the rest of his lifetime in Danbury. Desi retired from Texaco as a real estate salesman. He opened Terri's Travel Agency and later was employed as a Sheriff by the Danbury Courthouse. While at Terri's, he organized several pub tours to Ireland, bringing together generations of families; to quote W.B. Yeats: "There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met yet". Many friendships began on those trips and continue to this day. Desi was a member of the former Danbury Club and a lifelong member of The Ridgewood Country Club. His fondest memories were of times spent on the golf course with friends.

Desi is survived by daughters Kathleen Hand and husband, Jeffery (Conifer, CO), Kelly Martin and husband, Robert (Bethel, CT), daughter-in-Law, Marlane Shea Hynes and grandson, Kevin Hynes, Jr. (Branford, CT) and long-time companion Lynn Hajjar (Danbury, CT). He was predeceased by a son: Kevin Hynes; a brother: William Hynes and sister: Mary Treacy. He is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 10am at St. Mary's Church, 26 Dodgington Rd., Bethel. Friends were received on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 from 4pm to 8pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. Memorial donations may be made to theAmerican Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.

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