J. F. Byers, Sr., Dies at 67 Following Short Illness: Campaigned Stable for Several Years; Was Member of NSHA, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-13


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J. F. Byers, Sr., Dies at 67 Following Short Illness Campaigned Stable for Several Years; Was Member of NSHA NEW YORK, N. Y., June 11.— John Frederick Byers, Sr., noted sportsman and industrialist, died early today in Roosevelt Hospital of pneumonia at the age of 67. His home was in Sewickley, Pa., where the funeral will be held on Monday. He was in New York for the Belmont Park meeting. The deceased was a racing enthusiast for many years and campaigned a stable of thoroughbreds. He was a member of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, and was particularly interested in this branch of the sport, although also prominent in golf circles. Years ago he was president of the United States Golf Association. For 25 years, Major Thomas H. McCreery trained his racing stable. His white and black silks were carried in many stakes. Among his winrrs of such events were Carabiner, Thorndale and Father Tom. Chairman of the board of A. M. Byers Co., manufacturers of wrought iron and pipe, of Pittsburgh, Byers also was a director of the Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Union Switch and Signal Co., Western Allegheny Railroad and the Mellow National Bank and Trust Co., of Pittsburgh. He was a trustee of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Library, both of Pittsburgh. Byers -first wife, Mrs. Caroline Morris Byers, died in 1934. Three years later he married Mrs. Jeanne Decroix Schley, who survives. He also is survived by four children, J. Frederic Byers, Jr., Buckley Morris Byers, Mrs. J. W. Y. Martin and Miss Marie Maud Byers, two stepchildren, a sister and 10 grandchildren. Born in Edgeworth, Pa., Byers was educated at St. Pauls School and at Yale. Funeral services will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Sewickley, with interment in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

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