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DEERY, James After 91 years, John "Buddy" James Deery peacefully left us on December 15, 2017 following a brief illness. The secret to his long, successful and blessed life was love. He loved waking up each and every day; He loved serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII; He loved his job as a TV technician for RCA and later as the owner of an appliance sales and repair store; He loved reading the newspaper every day (especially the Sunday comics); He loved debating politics or any thorny issue particularly with his older sister Margaret who taught him that it would take "more than facts to convince her that he was right"; He loved taking pictures especially of birds in their natural habitats; He loved driving his car or flying in a plane whenever he could; He loved to laugh and always had a twinkle in his eye; He loved introducing his daughter to new experiences like sailing, skiing, ice-skating and horseback riding when she was growing up; He loved traveling especially to Ireland; He loved his grandogs Sparky, Millie and Squirt; He loved telling a good joke or story and making people smile; He loved listening to all kinds of music; He loved fixing things and always had the right tool for any project; He loved learning about new technology and even how to google; He loved belting out "O Danny Boy" with his beautiful voice whenever the mood struck; He loved his recliner chair and watching an episode of Midsomer Murders on Netflix; He loved a good hot cup of tea and also a Miller High Life every once and awhile; He loved signing correspondence as "Dod" (i.e. Dear Old Dad); He loved his many friends at Mt. Vernon Village and the Sandy Springs community; He loved dispensing pearls of wisdom like it's "better to make a bad impression, than none at all" whenever the opportunity arose; He loved sharing his warmth, wit and kindness with everyone he met; But most of all, he loved his family wholeheartedly and unconditionally, including his loving wife Irene (who predeceased him). He is survived by his daughter Catherine Barshay (Cliff); granddaughters Emily, Allison and Rebecca; sister Margaret Deery and many nieces and nephews. His was a life well lived. If you were fortunate to know him or have the privilege of calling him "Dod", you would have loved him too. A memorial service will be held February 17, 2017, at 11:30am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta Georgia followed by a reception at Mt. Vernon Village. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to The Okefenokee Swamp Park, 5700 OSP Road, Waycross, Georgia 31503 or online at An online guestbook is available at
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2018
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