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James Devlin Barry Obituary
James Devlin Barry June 2, 1923-May 3, 2013 Jim Barry charted his final course and set sail on Friday, Mary 3rd, a month shy of his 90th birthday. The son of a son of a sailor, his greatest loves in life-after his wife and family-were sailing, travel and rehabbing his house. When their family was still young, Jim and his wife Mary Jane regularly loaded up their white Chevy station wagon and headed out for long road trips that stretched from Canada to Mexico. Jim Barry was shipped out to Okinawa on his 21st birthday, to serve in World War II. Later he moved to California and drove back and forth across the country several times, including on his honeymoon. He eventually visited all states in the lower 48. A 1948 graduate of LaSalle College, Jim was a media man. He worked in New York City in advertising at the peak of the "Mad Men" era and later he and Mary Jane published a weekly newspaper, "The Commuter", a progenitor of the free urban weeklies. When Jim and Mary Jane retired they bought a sailboat, "Blythe Spirit" and spent many hours sailing on the Chesapeake. They also continued to travel up and down the East Coast, to Europe and to Asia. Jim Barry was the father of six, the grandfather of thirteen and beloved uncle to more than twenty nieces and nephews. He was a surrogate uncle and father to even more-the man to whom many turned for help. He was a gifted listener and a sage advisor-earning him the nickname "Bo", short for Buddha. He had deep dimples and a sense of humor that continued to engage and charm people, even as his health declined. Jim was the youngest and last of six. His mother, Elizabeth McCloskey, emigrated to Philadelphia from Derry, Ireland in the early 1900's and his father, Lawrence Barry, was a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia. James Devlin Barry was married to the love of his life, Mary Jane, for 57 years. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane and his children: Jim (Micki); Nora (Michael); Kevin (Holly); Coeli (Thanet); Aimee (Antoine); Brendan (Marnie) and by his grandchildren: Ryan, Drew, Laura Lee, Conor, Devlin, Olivia, Sebastien, Maya, Julia, Saranya, Jameson, Nolan and Declan. Services will be held on Saturday, May 11 at St. Thomas of Villanova, on Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and the mass is at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to LaSalle College; the Rosemont Village Friendship Fund or the Guadalupe Guild. Stretch Funeral Home

Published in Main Line Media News on May 12, 2013
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