PATRICK MICHAEL JOSEPH BARRY(1958 - 2012)

Pat unexpectedly went to our Lord's loving arms on Sept. 19, 2012.

He was born in Nebraska on January 23, 1958, to Dick and Kay Barry.

The family moved to Washington in 1966 and then to the Stanwood area in 1968. He was a 1976 graduate of Stanwood High School.

Pat was an avid fisherman and loved his time spent on the Skagit River, either with his fishing buddies or by himself.

He was a member of the Marysville Rifle Club and was a great competitor in shooting contests, many of which he won! He was an excellent shot.

He had a variety of other hobbies that he loved and enjoyed an active life.

He was employed by Calico Cupboard in Mount Vernon and loved his job very much. He loved the customers, he loved the people he worked with, and he loved to cook. He was very good at what he did.

A trip to Alaska and the opportunity to finally see its wilderness and its beauty inspired him to acquire a job with the ferry system for a time. He loved being on the water and travelling the passage. The fishing wasn't bad either!

We know that this time in Alaska was truly the adventure of Pat's life - if you talked at all to Pat, you knew it too. Alaska and its characters quickly became ingrained in Pat's heart and soul.

Mostly, Pat loved people. He had many, many dear friends; some of whom he had known most of his life and some of whom had not been around that long.

Pat cherished all of his friendships. He greeted all with a big smile and a sincere and genuine heart, always. We are all going to miss that.

A stranger was a friend he hadn't met yet.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Barry and his father, Dick Barry.

He is survived by his sisters, Deb (Wes) Eidsness, Susan (Jerry) Campbell; nephew, Jackson Campbell and niece, Kitt Campbell; all of the Stanwood-Camano area, cousins and many, many friends.

Please join the family at his service on Sat., Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 103 N. 5th St. in Mount Vernon.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2012