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William Nelson Barry

AGE: 82 • Rockville, MD

William (Bill) Nelson Barry (age 82) died peacefully at home in Rockville, MD on August 11, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diana; his sister, Mary Sobocan of Oak Brook, IL; his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Bill Clery of Rockville, MD; his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Theresa Barry of Arlington, MA; and, his granddaughter, Marisa Clery of Rockville, MD.

After being raised at Bethany Children's Home in Wommelsdorf, PA and graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, Bill enjoyed a lifelong teaching career. He started his career teaching math and physics at high schools in Lancaster County, PA, then moved to Wilmington where he taught math and, later, some German at Stanton Junior High and Dickinson High before retiring in 1992.

One of Bill's joys was music, and he sang in the choir of the First Unitarian Church in Wilmington for many years, where he also enjoyed many years of fellowship. He was also a key part in the church purchasing a Rieger Tracker Organ in 1977 and, thus, helped to expand the music program at the church, which he enjoyed and loved so much.

In the mid-sixties, Bill started preparing income taxes as a side job. This grew to a side avocation through 2014, where Bill made many friends and visited his many decades-long clients to prepare their income taxes in their homes. He later provided personal financial planning consultation services.

Also in later years, Bill was a strong supporter of the International Hummingbird Society, and served as the Society's treasurer for many years.

Bill was a generous, warm and loving person, and he touched and made a difference in many lives. He will be deeply missed. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington on Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Hallstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to Bethany Children's Home, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf, PA 19567, www.bethany home.org.
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 19, 2016
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