Barrett McCoy "Bear" Townsend

TOWNSEND, Barrett "Bear" McCoy, age 22, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014. He was born on February 15, 1991 in Tampa, FL to his parents, Jack L. Townsend, Sr. and Helen Cox Townsend. Bear was the youngest of three children. He was a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School and attended Auburn University where he was studying Computer Software Engineering. Bear was a yoga instructor for the Auburn Student Activities Center. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity - Alabama Alpha Chapter, Cupola Engineering Ambassadors, the Honors College at Auburn University, the Jesuit High School Alumni Association and Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed life immensely: dancing, singing, playing guitar, yoga, parkour, traveling, sailing, playing canasta, painting, drawing, mountain climbing and spending time with family and his many, many friends. Bear never met a stranger and enjoyed everyone's life story. The final chapter of his story will be written by his friends and family each day as they remember his joy, his happiness, his smile and his laughter. Bear will be remembered by his loving parents, Jack and Helen Townsend and his brothers, Light and Jake. He is also survived by grandmother, Margaret Cox and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Bear was preceded in death by grandparents, LeRoy and Anita Townsend and George Cox. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation for Bear at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 1, 2014 at St. Anthony's Chapel at Jesuit High School, 4701 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614, followed by a funeral service beginning at 3:00 P.M. with an on-campus reception thereafter. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bear's honor may be directed to Jesuit High School, 4701 N Himes Avenue, Tampa FL 33614 or Auburn University Foundation, c/o Kurt Sasser, Dir of Dev, 255 Heisman Dr., Ste. 3248, Auburn, AL 36849, please include "in memory of Bear Townsend" on your check's memo line. Words of comfort may be expressed at

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Blount & Curry Funeral Homes - Terrace Oaks Chapel
12690 North 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617
(813) 988-9200

Published in on Jan. 30, 2014