Dr. Vincent Dean Barry, age 77, native of Butte, Mont., was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 1, 2012 at 5:15 a.m. Dr. Barry passed away from complications of the life-draining disease of Alzheimers.
He is survived by Joanne (Cavanaugh) Barry, his wife of 30 years; 12 children: Doug Barry (Sue), Deanna Smith (Jeff), Scott Barry (Michelle), Paul Barry, Susan Barry-Frausto (Kevin), Brian Barry (Jane), Clancy Cavanaugh (Amie), Colleen DeRose (Jerry), Tim Cavanaugh, Kathy Kinder (Bryan), Patrice Buzan (Jerry Goodman), and Molly Hegwood (Jonathan); 24 grandchildren: Nicholas (Angela), Adam, and Vincent Buzan; Brianne, Sam (Ashley), Simone Sheppard (Brent), Deidra Cunningham, and Lane Parrett; Mattie Guthrie (Craig), Barry and Hillary DeRose; Daniel and Sophia Cavanaugh; Noah, Ryan, and Sarah Hegwood; Christopher and Alex Barry; Allison and Nathan Barry; Carson and Marcus Barry; Sophia Smith, and Zachary Barry; and three great-grandchildren: Brandon Cunningham, Adalynn Sheppard, and Augustine Guthrie.
Vince graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Butte, Mont.; he earned a BA in Zoology at Montana State University-Missoula, Master of Science in Education at Western Montana College, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana. Vince dedicated his life to teaching and followed his philosophy that every child can learn in his work as a teacher in Montana, professor at the University of Montana, Superintendent of Schools in Tanana, Alaska and Director of K-12 Education for the State of Alaska.
Husband/Dad/Papa/Uppa – this was a man who gave and taught all of his life. He gave wisdom, love, laughter to all of us. He gave guidance, help, support to anyone in need. He gave us a beautiful example of how to be a very good person. He taught patience, tolerance, acceptance to all of us. He taught mercy, generosity, forgiveness to each of us as well. In all his actions and words he lived by the premise that he taught to us: “Love God and love your neighbor. Who’s your neighbor? Everyone.” We are thankful to have known him and we’re privileged to have shared his life.
The funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 with a 1 p.m. Rosary and 1:30 p.m. Funeral Mass at Holy Angels’ Church, Globe, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund is being established in Dr. Barry’s name at Liberty High School. Donations may be sent to Liberty High School - Dr. Vincent D. Barry Scholarship Fund, c/o Liberty High School, P.O. Box 2343, Globe, AZ 85502.
Vince’s family would like to thank the staff of Copper Mountain Inn, the Hospice nurses, and Dr. Durham and his staff for their care and assistance during a great man’s last month on earth.