GERALD EDWARD BARR Gerald Edward Barr, 80, won his long and valiant battle with Alzheimer's related dementia on June 19, 2013 and is resting in God's arms regaling everyone with stories as only our Gerry can. Our Gerry was born in Monroe, NC to Bright Eva (Cook) and Marshall Barr on March 9, 1933. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his son, Gerald Edward Barr, Jr.; infant daughter, Christina (Bodemar) Barr; grandsons, Jonathan Thibeault and Benjamin Barr; his brother, Harold M. Barr; his brother in law, James Petruzella; and sister in law, Susan Pignetalla. Our Gerry, left behind his loving wife of 39 years Zocia Barr; children, Gregory S. Barr (Arline), Betteann Barr, Brenda Wilson (Tom), Alison Thibeault (Lester), Michael Steinagel (Renee) and Edward Steinagel (Lisa); 28 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; also his twin sister, Geraldine Petruzella; brother, Ralph Pignetalla; sister, Susan Lyles; sisters in law, Frances Barr, Pauline Defayette; brothers in law, Jerzy and Vincent Pawlowski; and mother in law, Sophie Pawlowski; along with several nieces and nephews. Our Gerry graduated from Berlin High School in 1951 (Berlin, Ct) and University of Hartford in 1958 with a Degree in Business Administration. Inducted into the University of Hartford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, he was considered one of the Fightin' Hawks top all around athletes. During his (3) year collegiate sports career, he batted .300 each season. In 1952 Boston Braves named him starting short stop in the New England Newspaper League. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him in 1953 to play for them in their Florida and Alabama State Leagues. In basketball, he netted (17) points in his first game and finished his career 16th highest scoring player in the State of Connecticut. In 1959 he became a Certified Public Accountant and shortly after opened his own accounting firm which still carries his name, the Barr, Nicklis, Gorski and Co. in Bristol Connecticut. Throughout his life, our Gerry was involved in many civic and charitable causes. He especially enjoyed his involvement with the Wheeler Clinic of Plainville, CT sitting as a member of their Board of Directors. The Gerald E. Barr Residence, benefiting children of the Wheeler Clinic, honors him to this day. He not only enjoyed playing golf but used those skills to fund raise successfully for Friends For the Homeless of Bristol, CT and the University of Harford's Athletic Department. In 1991, our Gerry was recognized by President George H.W. Bush as a "Point of Light", an example of selfless dedication to his fellow man. Our Gerry never met a stranger and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. On behalf of his family, we thank all those who contributed to his care and comfort, to those who understood and were patient, to his companions and thoughtful neighbors. Contributions in Gerry's memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or a
. Our Gerry loved all things cowboy so Happy Trails to the best of them. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com Andrews Market Street Chapel
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from June 21 to June 23, 2013
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