January 24, 1931 - March 15, 2014 Neil Barry, 83, passed away on March 15th, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Butte Montana, he and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1943 after the passing of his father. He graduated from Hollywood High School and attended classes at USC and UCLA. Neil had many occupations throughout his life, working in a movie theater, donut shop, and as a Yellow Cab taxi driver. He was a natural born salesman and was owner of Creative Metal Finishing, Webbcraft Stationary and Printing, and Barry Graphics. Neil was very proud of his business and continued to work up to the last few days of his life. He was a humanitarian who was involved with several groups and civic organizations including: Job Corps, YMCA, St. John of God Helpers Club, and Friends of the Library/Washington/Arlington Branch. He was President of the Mid-city Chamber of Commerce, and received numerous awards for community service including L.A.P.D. Reserve Officer of the Year, and the Wilshire Community Police Council's Man of the Year award for his work in aiding youth. Neil was a very generous man who helped many friends and family members with his time and money. Neil had a great sense of humor and was a consummate joke teller who memorized countless jokes and was ready to tell one at every occasion. He always spoke his mind no matter who he might offend, but he believed that no one should be discriminated against just for their race, religion, gender, sexual preferences, or economic circumstances. He felt that life is what you make it, and his advice was "It's not what happens to you, it's what you do about it". Neil is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years Sandra Barry, his five daughters: Robin Barry, Lisa Barry, Gail Barry-Ham, Sharon Barry, and Elizabeth Barry, his son Kevin Barry, four grandchildren: Jason Castello, Nicole Lee, Scott Ham, Melissa (Aarin) Wingfield, three great-grandchildren: Imani, Jacob and David Wingfield, and his sister, Beryl Barbara Balerzo. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Gladys and John Barry, brother Jack Barry, and sisters Mary Lee Koskinen and Joan Barry. Neil's grandparents were born in Ireland, and he was proud of his Irish heritage. Neil was the editor of the Barry family newsletter "The Episode", and he would want us all to follow the Barry family motto: "Boutez en Avant" which translates to "Strike Forward" No funeral services are planned and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 23 to Mar. 30, 2014