Barry Nelson Behn
1940 - 2014
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Behn, Barry Nelson
Sep. 12, 1940 - Nov. 12, 2014
Barry Nelson Behn, 74, of Venice, FL passed away November 12, 2014. Barry was born September 12, 1940 in Glen Ridge, NJ to Dorothea (Nelson) and Robert Behn. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved son Adam. Survivors include his cherished wife of 52 years, Diana; children: Eric and his wife Elise Behn of Oak Ridge, NJ, Sarah and her husband Timothy McGahan of Foxboro, MA; grandchildren Barry Nelson Behn II, Jack, Joey, Teddy and Gracie McGahan. He is also survived by his brother Dante Balestracci and his wife Jude of Wareham, MA, his sister Karen and her husband Richard LeBlanc of Venice, FL, his brother Robert Behn, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Perkasie, PA, and his sister-in-law Debbie Maguire and her husband Liam of Falmouth, MA. Barry graduated from Fairhaven HS and then Brown University in 1962. He was in sales most of his life and was Vice President of Brodie Inc. and Vice President of Peabody Company in Boston MA. He also ran 3 family owned businesses in MA and in his retirement was the Executive Director of Harwich Chamber of Commerce. Barry was a member of the Foxboro Jaycees with whom he had a lifelong affinity and held the prestigious title of President, Keyman and Jaycee I Senator. He also was president of the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant for several years, and then decided to spend more time coaching his children in youth sports such as Little League Baseball, CYO Basketball and Foxboro Middle School girls' basketball. He loved tennis and golf, and played mostly every day in his Waterford Community of Venice which he affectionately called 'paradise'. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM, Friday, November 14 at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Burial will be in Rockhill Cemetery in Foxboro, MA. Barry would be honored, if in lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Adam Mark Behn Scholarship Fund at: Foxboro Federal Savings, One Central Street, Post Office Box 373, Foxboro, MA 02035-9912. To share a memory visit:

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Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2014.
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December 6, 2014
Saddened to hear of Barry's passing far too soon..Wishing you all the best,celebrate the cherished memories.
bill kuchinsky
November 28, 2014
Diana, Sarah and Eric,

Our hearts are broken for all of you, such a terrible loss. Barry touched so many lives and we felt so lucky to have had him in ours. The memories are endless and hopefully the memories you all have as a family will get you through this difficult time!
With Love,

Steve and Annette
November 20, 2014
Sarah and Diana, We have fond memories of Barry and his enthusiastic support of the North girls basketball program. He coached, counseled, and especially applauded the girls and their supporters - a wonderful man who touched the lives of many.
Arlene and Dwight Estey
November 18, 2014
We so enjoyed the Riverhawk games with your Dad! Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
The Fiola's
November 18, 2014
Dear Behn Family- You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fond memories of our times spent together during my high school and AAU days.
--Meghan Sullivan Crow
November 18, 2014
Many memories of a generous man, lucky to have had him in my life. Prayers and best wishes to Diane, Eric and Sarah.
Eric DeLisle
November 17, 2014
A great Foxboro warrior will be missed. One of the original point royal gems. God Speed Barry.
Erik Dentremont
November 16, 2014
What a great man, a great legacy, and memories that will forever be a part of me. I will forever be grateful to his dedication to youth basketball. I will think of him often and smile. A truly great man! My prayers go out to Sarah and her family. A great loss.
Robin Pawlak-Garstka
November 16, 2014
I was so sad to hear the news...and my thoughts go out to Sarah and Mrs. B. I first met Mr Behn at the Ahern gymnasium where he saw me and convinced me to tryout for the basketball team. I knew nothing so he taught me how to do a lay-up... :). Which lead to 7 years on one of the most successful teams in the league and a bball college scholarship! Thank you Mr. Behn you will be missed . XO
Keri Littlefield
November 15, 2014
Sending our thoughts of sympathy but even more so our memories of joy for the basketball family that Mr. Behn helped create for us Foxboro gals! Love, Michele (Tuohey) Staats or as Mr. B called me , Stretch! Hugs to Sarah and Mrs. B!
Michele Staats
November 15, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss.
Rick Smith
November 15, 2014
I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Behns passing. He was so sweet and kind and always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. My thoughts and prayers go to Mrs. Behn, their children, grandchildren, and family.
Enid Ricci
November 14, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
A. H.
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