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JAMES BARRY CARRIS, CMDR, USNR (Ret.) - SOUTH BURLINGTON - James Barry Carris, 76, of South Burlington, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Heath Care, in Burlington. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., on March 31, 1937, son of Kenton I. Carris and Kathryn Allene Barry. He was a graduate of St. Thomas Military Academy as a Cadet Captain and Commander of "Best Company". He received a two year Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Minnesota. In 1957, Barry was accepted into NAVCAD (Naval Air Cadet Training Program) in Pensacola, Fla. Upon receiving his commission as a U.S. Navy Ensign and pilot's wings, he returned to St. Paul where he married Diana (Farrar). They moved to Brunswick, Maine, for Barry's first assignment with VP-7. In May 1961, Barry retired from active duty and returned to St. Paul and graduated from The University of Minnesota with a degree in economics and a job with American Hospital Supply. In 1976, he retired from AHS as Director of Product Service for the Scientific Products Division and he and Diana opened "The Clockworks" in Lake Forest, Ill. While living in Lake Forest, Barry was president of the LF Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Barat College and Lake Forest Hospital. He also received his Masters Degree in Finance and Management from Lake Forest College. In 1961, Barry and Diana moved to South Burlington where Barry worked for Thompson McKinnon Brokerage, later changing to Merrill Lynch, from which he retired in 2002 as a vice president. He then volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger and in "retirement" worked at The Automaster as a driver and for the South Burlington School District in the Nutritional Services Department and as a school bus driver. In South Burlington, Barry served as Rep. to the Regional Planning Commission and was the "trails guy" who made many of the walking/ hiking trails in South Burlington, working with the VYCC. He was a member of the Ethan Allen Club and a Board Member, a long time member and president of the Shelburne/Charlotte Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He was a member of the Burlington Country Club, Elks Club, Eagles and Moose and a past member of the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Barry was a multi-engine, small plane and glider pilot, sailor, fisherman, hunter, Ham Radio Operator and woodworker providing many of his friends with cribbage boards. He will probably be remembered best by family and friends as "Adventure Tour Guide". Heartfelt thanks to our Oncology team of Dr. Ades, Janet Ely, NP, Julie Shevlin, RN from FAHC Cancer Center for leading us through this past year with care and concern. Barry is survived by his wife, Diana, of 55 years; son, David; grandchildren, Ruby, Ella and Theo of Montpelier; sister, Kathryn Barrington, Idaho; nephew, Gary Had, Oregon; niece, Mary Jordon, New Mexico; and cousins, Dr. Craig Carris, Colorado, and Lynne Nicoletta, Maine. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church, South Burlington, followed by a reception in the church hall. Burial, with full military honors, will take place at Resurrection Park in South Burlington. The burial service will be private, at the request of the family. Arrangements are by Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to .

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 11, 2013
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