Robert J. Barry, 94, of Onset formerly of Brockton, passed away Feb. 11, 2013, Surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, after a long and prosperous life. He was the husband of the late Marian L. (Anania) Barry and the son of the late Richard and Mary (Grimes) Barry. He was born and raised in Brockton, there He was married and raised a family. He spent summers in Onset and moved there permanently with his family in 1977. Mr. Barry was a Lt.Commander in the Navy and had 8 years of active service. He served in the American and European Theatre's during WWII. He then served in the Navy Reserves until He earned his retirement. He graduated from Brockton High School and the College of the Holy Cross. Mr. Barry was an English Teacher in the Wareham Schools for many years before retiring in his 80's. Previously he owned and operated Empire White Star Laundry in Brockton, and continued operating his laundry business on the cape. A devoted husband, father and friend, Bob was constantly sacrificing for the good of others. A humble man, he was hard working, patient, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Bob was very active in his community He was Elected Wareham Town Assessor for 10 years, He was the Onset Water Commissioner, a member the Onset Protective League, Wareham Marine Resource Commission, the Shellfish Advisory Commission and the Wareham Housing Authority. In 2004 he was named Person of the Year by the Onset Protective League. Along with being active in the community, Bob enjoyed swimming and sailing along with vacationing to Florida, where as a youth he was lifeguard and was recognized for saving several lives. Survivors include his children, Elizabeth E. Caradimos of Onset, Robert Barry and his wife Nancy of Buzzards Bay, Patricia A. Barry and her husband Daniel of Plymouth, James M. Barry and his wife Sheila of Onset; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His funeral was held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Patricks Church, 82 High St., Wareham. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Friday at the funeral home. Donations in his name may be made to Hope Health (Hospice) and The McCarthy Care Center, 765 Attucks Ln., Hyannis, MA 02601. For directions and online guestbook, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com
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Published in Wareham Courier from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, 2013