William Barry, 84: Church deacon, 25-year Navy career

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BRUNSWICK — William Barry, 84, died peacefully after a long illness on Dec. 12 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Augusta, where he was a resident since 2005.

He was born July 19, 1925, in Salem, N.H., the son of William J. Barry and Mae Bower Marry Miller.

In 1943, he began a 25-year career as an engineer in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Commander in 1968.

While serving in the Navy, he received degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie-Mellon University. 

On Oct. 15, 1960, he married Ann Henderson in Charlotte, N.C.

From 1977 to 1986 he worked as liaison quality control engineer for the shipbuilding program at Bath Iron Works.

He was an active member and Deacon of the First Parish Church, UCC, in Brunswick.

Over the years, his interests included traveling, skiing, boating, family genealogy, operettas, woodworking and crossword puzzles.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Marianne Barry and Marjorie Lieby.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann of Brunswick; a daughter, Virginia, and her husband Mark Leonard of Littleton, Mass., and a son, James H. Barry and his wife Marlene of Freeport; a brother, Ernest Barry of Lodi, Calif.; and two stepbrothers, Robert Miller of Newburyport, Mass., and James Miller of Gainesville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kyle and Kaitlyn Leonard, and Ben and Emma Barry; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the First Parish Church, 207 Maine St., Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the Spirituality in America Fund at First Parish Church, 9 Cleveland St., Brunswick, ME 04011, or to the Respite Care Adult Day Services Program, P.O. Box 402, Brunswick, ME 04011. 

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. 

Condolences can be expressed online at www.brackettfuneralhome.com.



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