A gentle beautiful man has now rejoined the parents he so adored. On Sunday, February 24, 2008, donald Francis Barry was resurrected to the Lord. His bags were packed his confessions heard, and last rights given. Don was ready. After having suffered an eternity of pain, Don used his last few weeks to gather his wife and family around him, speak to them individually, and strengthen them for the future. In keeping with the selfless, trusting, man that he was, his final concern was for them and not for himself.
Don was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 5, 1941 to Robert and Helen Barry. He grew up in Ozone Park, NY, served his country honorably in the Army, and later worked as an accountant for International Paper Co. In 1973 tother with his brother Robert, Don moved to Roseburg, OR, took over operation of "Motor Supply, Co." He worked there until his retirement due to illness.
Don took great pride in Mortor Supply Co., and the many friends he made in Roseburg. He saved his greatest pride for his wife Elena, her son Paul Otto and wife Alicia of Richfield, WA. His four children, Theresa Barry of Roseburg, OR. Robert Barry and wife Michele of Tri Cities, WA; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Michael, Christopher, Dylan, Cody, Allyson and Megan. Don is also survived by his sister Virginia Riekert of Huntington Long Island, NY; two brothers, Robert Barry and wife Barbara of Roseburg, OR, Thomas Barry and wife Frances of Wendell, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, 302 W. 11th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. Don's wake will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial on February 28, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. at Saint James Catholic Church, 218 W 12th St. Vancouver, WA 98660.
In lieu of memorials and gifts the family would only ask that you think of Don and that smiling face whenever you pass Motor Supply on Diamond Lake Boulevard.
Published in The Columbian on Feb. 27, 2008