Byron Womack, son of Willie and Shirley Womack, was born on April 2, 1969. He was the youngest of their three children. The family was raised in South Windsor, CT, and from an early age the importance of being a good person was instilled by his loving parents. Moreover, Byron and his siblings were encouraged to participate in athletics for the positive impact it had on their character to be part of a team. Byron, in particular, excelled at athletics and was a member of numerous traveling sport teams throughout his youth.
These early lessons reverberated in Byron’s life and work. He dedicated his career to uplifting children and arming them confidence and self-worth. His mantra, which he had boldly displayed in his office, was “It’s all about the kids.”
Byron participated in athletics throughout his four years at South Windsor High School. He was a member of the Varsity Football Team, as well as the Track & Field Team. As a senior and captain of the football team, Byron rushed for over1300 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, earning a full scholarship to Norfolk State University.
Byron transferred to Iona College as a sophomore and went on to be named Team Captain and All-American. He went on to set numerous school records as a running back and an NCAA all-divisions record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career (6).
After graduating from Iona College with a degree in social work, Byron was employed with the Guidance Center’s START program that was housed at Port Chester High School. During his tenure with the START program he had the opportunity to counsel students and coach numerous sports teams. With the desire to gain practical experience and ultimately have full-time employment within a school district, Byron was hired as a college advisor at All Hallows High School, and then the Young Women’s Leadership Network, while working as an Assistant Athletic Director at the College of New Rochelle. During this time he also returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s Degree in School Guidance and Counseling, which brought him back to the Port Chester-Rye UFSD.
While employed in the Port Chester-Rye UFSD as a School Counselor at Port Chester High School, he completed his second Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision. He was the Executive Director of STEER for Student Athletes, Inc. where he helped young athletes realize and maximize their potential in the classroom and on the field. In January 2017 Byron received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee’s Humanitarian Award, for his dedication to the Port Chester community. Byron was Assistant Principal at Port Chester Middle School for the last 8 years.
Byron entered the brotherhood of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated in the Fall of 1993 via the Omicron Iota Chapter in Westchester, New York. He spent his 25 years in the Frat devoted to fulfilling her ideals of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. He received the coveted Man of the Year Award for his exceptional work as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee and the Scholarship Breakfast Committee.
Byron’s greatest achievement and the source of his pride was his daughter Carson. He loved her beyond measure and was a devoted and loving Dad.
Byron’s impact was wide and far-reaching, much like his bear hugs and his hearthy laugh. His legacy lives on in his students, his many friends and colleagues, and in his daughter Carson.
Byron is survived by his parents Shirley and Willie, his sisters Nita Womack-Henderson and Adrena Womack-Cummings, brothers-in-law Robert Henderson and Simon Cummings, and his daughter Carson. He also leaves behind countless cousins, aunts and uncles.