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February 18, 2012

Fr. John Barry dies at age 90

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Father John Barry, who spent the majority of his priesthood serving in parishes in the Vice Province of Richmond — from Virginia to Florida — died February 18 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He was 90.

A wake service will be held February 20 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 998 Father Donlan Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL. A funeral Mass will be celebrated February 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart. Burial will follow at Edgewater Cemetery.

Father Barry, a native of Boston, professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1942, and was ordained to the priesthood June 20, 1948. After ordination, he studied classical languages at Catholic University before spending seven years teaching at St. Mary's High School Seminary in North East, PA. He went on to serve in several parishes and retreat houses up and down the East Coast, including communities in Griffin and Fort Oglethorpe, GA; Hilton Head, SC; Orlando and New Smyrna Beach, FL; Newport News and Hampton, VA; and Tobyhanna, PA.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Barry, and for the comfort of his family, friends, and confreres who mourn his loss.

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Comments (4) total

robert j wasman | Mon 02/20/2012 11:59 AM

Fr. Barry taught me latin and how to be an alter boy. I served numerous masses,funerals,weddings and holiday celebrations for him. His inspiration and guidance in my youth led me to know God. He touched thousands of lives and was a big part of our family. He was in our families home many times and his inspiration and compassion will be missed. God bless you Father I will never forget you.

John Wasman | Wed 02/22/2012 12:27 PM

Father Barry was a friend and confidant. He baptized me 50 years agoand my Parnets named me John Gerard in his honor. He has been a major part of my entire Family throughout the years. His calm guiding demaenor made him the one of a kind servant to God that he was. I will never forget his unique humor or prospective on life. He will be dearly missed by everyone in the Wasman Family.

Lynn Harkin | Wed 02/22/2012 2:57 PM

I met Fr Barry a year ago at Sacred Heart Parish. He was delightful and I would always make sure I had him for confession, he was so kind and loving. There was something he told me I will always remember and treasure and will help me much throughout lent. I'm grateful I had the chance to experience such a wonderful priest, even though it was not for long enough of a time. May you rest in peace.

Ivelisse Nadal Ammoune | Sat 02/25/2012 11:26 PM

Did not know Father Barry as I live in Texas. Nevertheless, I love all priests as they serve the Church and represent Christ on this life. Thank you for your priesthood Father Barry and accepting Gods invitation to serve. God bless you on your journey home.

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