John S. Berry, 52: Army Honor Guard veteran, avid sports fan

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PORTLAND – John S. Berry, 52, of Gleckler Road, died Oct. 27 at Maine Medical Center, with his loving family by his side.

Berry was born in Portland July 5, 1963, the son of John E. and Mary F. Sullivan Berry. He attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School with the class of 1981.

He enlisted in the Army, where he was chosen to serve with Army Honor Guard, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. After being discharged, Berry went to work as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service.

On June 10, 1989, he married Karen Scanlon in Portland; he often commented that she was the love of his life.

Berry was an avid sports fan who loved the Patriots and the Red Sox. He was an active member of Little Ladd Football and coached the years his sons played. He loved collecting coins and saving dollar bills, playing cards and smoking a good cigar. His greatest love was the time he spent surrounded by his family and friends, and always looked forward to the annual Labor Day cookout he and his wife hosted for 25 years.

Berry was a life member of the Harold T. Andrews Post of the American Legion and a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch No. 92.

He was predeceased by his father, John E. Berry.

Berry is survived by his mother, Mary Berry, of Portland; his wife, Karen Berry, of Portland; a son, Matthew J. Berry, of Portland; a brother, Paul Berry of Portland; three sisters, Kathie Deneault of Massachusetts, Gail Cipoletta of Massachusetts and Stephanie Berry of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said Oct. 31 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Those who wish may make contributions to

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall St., New York, New York 10005-4001.