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Nelson Barry


1924 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Nelson Clyde Barry

February 10, 1924 - June 2, 2018

Nelson was born in San Francisco to Nelson C. Barry Sr. and Antonina Sundell Barry and was raised in the small farming community of Walnut Grove CA as the youngest of four children and attended Jean Harvey Grammar School and Courtland High School. His father passed away when Nelson was just 14 years old and he was guided through his formative years by older siblings Bill, Fritz, Margaret and her husband Ed. Nelson's high school graduation was held on a Saturday morning so he and his classmates could be bussed off that afternoon to basic training for the U.S. Army. Nelson joined the Army Air Corp and proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the 318th Fighter Squadron, 301st Fighter Group. Ironically, his transport ship left Seattle for Japan on VJ Day, August 14th 1945.
Upon his return to California in 1946 Nelson attended the University of California, Berkeley on the GI Bill, completing his studies in three years. Upon graduation he attended Hastings College of Law and upon graduation in 1952 he joined the law firm of Hadsell, Sweet and Engles which later became Bishop Barry, a firm Nelson managed for more than four decades. Nelson was a highly regarded member of the legal community and among his many professional accomplishments were trying to conclusion more than 250 civil litigation jury trials and being a founding member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
It was while Nelson was at Berkeley that he met Jeanie Frances Mahan and a romance ensued that lasted for 67 years until Jeanie passed away on January 27, 2016. Nelson and Jeanie were married in San Francisco on June 21, 1952 and settled in the Richmond district to raise their family. Nelson is survived by his five children, Nelson III, Rebecca, George, Margaret and Alma, his sons in law Paul Aherne, Bill Krill, Mark O'Brien, daughter in law Margie, nine grandchildren, Nelson IV, George, Robbie, Mark, Jeanie, Allison, Paul Michael, Barry and Paddy, and great grandchild, Nelson V.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive Tiburon, CA on Saturday June 9th at 10:30am with a reception to follow at Tarantino Hall. Donations in Nelson's name may be made to St. Vincent's School for Boys in San Rafael CA or St. Anthony's Foundation, San Francisco.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 5 to June 8, 2018
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