Leo G. Barry

January 5th, 2017

Leo G. Barry, age 92, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 4, 2017, at the Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford. Leo’s charm and personality with the staff and other patients earned him the title of being the “Mayor” of Sunny Acres.

Leo was born on March 15, 1924 in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late John D. and Julia M. (Crowley) Barry. Leo was raised and educated in Lexington, MA and a graduate of Lexington High School with the Class of 1941.

On December 13, 1942, Leo enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Leo proudly served with the 1108th AAF BU and was sent overseas in January of 1945; he earned several medals and commendations for his bravery and was honorably discharged on January 24, 1946.

Following his return from his Military Service, Leo went on to continue his education at Northeastern University and Bryan & Stratton where he earned a Business Degree.

Leo married the “love of his life” Kathleen “Kay” Davey on October 18, 1947; the couple shared more than 62 great years together before her passing in May of 2009. Leo and Kay moved to Wilmington in January of 1956 where they raised their six children. Leo loved to spend time with his family; they went on many camping trips, adventures to the beach, and had countless family gatherings which included their extended family. Leo loved to socialize with everyone and they always had a great time together. In his later years, Leo cherished his role as “Papa” and “Great-Papa”; he was always so proud of his family.

Prior to retiring, Leo worked at Western Electric Company in Watertown for more than 37 years. Leo’s knowledge of business, his great work ethic, and fine people skills allowed him to move up the ladder over the years. At the time of his retirement, Leo was the Data Processing Manager for the company.

Leo was a man of many hobbies and talents and was great behind the camera. Leo loved making home movies on the Super 8 films and he also produced some short stories which included musical backgrounds. Leo had quite a knack for restoring furniture and antiques and he loved to putter around the house.

In his spare time, Leo enjoyed going to the theatre, he loved show tunes, Broadway, the opera, and listening to Irish music. Leo was well read and quite a history buff who could engage in great conversations with people young and old.

Leo was a man of great faith who believed in God and lived his life per his beliefs; he was an active communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years and a member of the Holy name society. Leo was active at the Paulist Center in Boston where he stood up for his beliefs and protested War in this country.

Leo will be remembered as a wonderful family man and a great friend to many. Leo had an outgoing personality, a great sense of humor, and was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. He was certainly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed.

Leo was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kay” (Davey) Barry, devoted father of Michael Barry & wife Joanne Jaxtimer of Milton, Anne McGann & husband Bob of Burlington, Mary Barry Emerick of Wilmington, Kathy Callan of Tewksbury, Peggy Russo & husband Mike of Chelmsford and the late Robert Barry. Loving “Papa” of 9 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren. Cherished son of the late John and Julia (Crowley) Barry, dear brother of Eileen Terrio of Peabody, the late John, Francis, James, and Kevin Barry. Leo is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 9th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the Sunny Acres Nursing Home, 254 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Leo G. Barry”

  1. Martin says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. It was very saddening to read about the passing of Leo. Death is at times difficult to deal with. Prayer to God does bring comfort. God is described at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 as the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials.” May this and all the wonderful memories you and the family have shared with Leo bring comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Priscilla Anderson says:

    Peggy & family, I am so sorry for your loss! I remember being in your home with Mom and Dad and always felt welcome. I hope you all can find peace at this difficult time.

  3. Nadja McHale says:

    To all of Leo’s family! Especially Michael, Anne, Mary, Kathy & Peggy.
    I was blessed to live right across the street from Leo (and your mom, Kay) for 29 years @ 6 Kelley Rd. Your dad was always, always a very dear and caring friend to me as his neighbor. A small story that continues to tough my heart: When my husband passed in Aug of 1995, I had to to back to work full time and had my four young children to try to care for alone. As you know, the neighborhood has tons and tons of leaves down in the fall. Your parents would rake my yard, quietly and without saying a word,so that when I returned from work, my yard was clear! That quiet act of loving kindness has helped teach me so much. God bless you all, your dad is with the love of his life again and they are smiling down on their legacy – their beautiful big family.

  4. paul barry says:

    To all my cousins,Kathy,Peggy,Anne,Mary and Michael. I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing.I’m sure he is already in heaven with Kay and Bobby and his brothers and cousins. He is probably already involved in some animated political conversation with the Barry boy clan. I remember him coming over to my house with my uncle Jerry and my dad having a summit discussing and solving the worlds problems. It was a blast listening to them and their bantering from the other room. He was quite a man.I’m sorry I cannot be there today but my heart will be. Love your cousin Paul.

  5. Kathy Briere says:

    We enjoyed Leo’s company. He had a great mind for politics and we shared many lively conversations with a little group called TiP(Truth in Politics), which was also attended by Leo’ pal,The late Mr. George. My heart goes out to all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May you find peace and comfort during this sad time.

  6. Bernadette Bennett says:

    We would like to send condolences to the entire Barry Family. Leo and Kay Barry were such a big part of our youth so many memories. One of my strongest memories is of Leo with his pipe telling us a story about the English and the Irish. For me I will remember his as a lovely kind man. I regret that I cannot attend his service but he will be in my thoughts. May God Bless you all at this time. With Love – The Gallagher Family

  7. Mary Barry says:

    Dad / Papa
    Joanne, Hannah & I will cherish every minute we had with you…All the stories…songs we sang…ALL the laughs we had…and there were so many…Every time Joanne & Hannah came over you lit up brighter than the sun…We miss you but we know you are with Mom & Bobby…<3

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