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John H. Barry

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BENNINGTON -- John H. Barry, 79, a resident of Washington Street, died on Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home where he had been a resident for nearly three years.

He was born in Bellows Falls on Aug. 7, 1925, and was the son of the late John F. and Nora (Gorman) Barry. He received his education in Bellow Falls, and is a graduate of Bellows Falls High School. He attended the Naval Air Technical School in Memphis, Tenn. He served with the Navy during World War II. He was attached to the B-24 squadron in the Phillipines, flying with the Blue Raiders. Mr. Barry served from November 1943 until November 1945. Mr. Barry was awarded several medals during his time in the services, including the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Six Stars, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, two Gold Stars, and the Air Medal.

Following the war he worked briefly at the New England Power Company in Bellow Falls. Then he started working for New England Telephone Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1978. At the time of his retirement, he was working as a local testman.

On May 17, 1947, he married the former Irene Gallagher in Everett, Mass. Mrs. Barry survives.

He also worked for Bijur Lubricating in Bennington for a time following his retirement from New England Telephone.

Mr. Barry was an American Red Cross advanced first aid and emegency care instructor and emergency medical technician, and a cardiopulmonary resuscitationist.

He worked for the National Ski Patrol at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington as a ski patrol instructor for many seasons. He was a supervisor on patrol rescue, first aid instruction, communication and lift evacuation.

Mr. Barry was very active with the Boy Scouts of America. He was past Cubmaster of pack 345 for 10 years, past assistant Scoutmaster troop 345 for 10 years, and past Scoutmaster of troop 345 for 10 years. He was troop committee chairman of troop 345 for four years and has received the Outstanding Scouter of the Year award.

He was an original member of the Bennington Jay-Cees Junior Chamber of Commerce. He received the Spark Plug Award. This group re-established the Bennington Battle Day Parade and Weekend Celebration, the Fall Foliage Weekend Parade, and the air show and the antique car show.

Mr. Barry was an active member of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington for many years.

Besides his wife, Mr. Barry is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Darlene Barry of Bennington, and Chris Barry and Arla Foster of Bennington; his daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Joel Beecroft of Shaghticoke, N.Y., and his daughter-in-law, Yolanda Barry of Shaftsbury. Mr. Barry has one sister, Mary Martha Griswold and her husband Griz of Bellows Falls, and one sister-in-law, Bernadette Gallagher of Framingham, Mass. He leaves 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Barry is predeceased by one son, Kevin Barry, and three grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church with the Rev. James Preskenis, pastor, officiating.

Interment will take place in the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery.

There are no calling hours scheduled.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Pallative Care Unit through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 20 to June 21, 2005
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