Garrett J. Barry Jr. of Chelmsford, MA

1936 - 2021

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Garrett J. Barry Jr., 85, of Chelmsford, died October 20, 2021 at home with his beloved family by his side after a brief illness.
He was married to the late Roberta (Lyons) Barry, who died in 2016.

Born in Somerville, MA, he was the son of the late Garrett J. Barry Sr. and Margaret (Credon) Barry.

He was raised in Somerville and was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Church in Somerville where he was an alter server in his younger years.

Garrett graduated from Malden Catholic High School with the class of 1953. He proudly served in the US Air Force in from 1954 to 1958 for the Strategic Air Command in England.  After the military he Graduated Salem State University with the class of 1961 and continued at Salem State while working at Western Jr. High School in Somerville from 1961 to 1967 and graduating in 1967 with his Master’s Degree.  In 1967 he taught at North Middle School in Westford until 1977.  In 1977 he taught at Abbott Middle School in Westford until 1983.  In 1983 he taught at Westford Academy until he retired in 1999.

Garrett was always involved in after school activities. He volunteered his time planning Senior Class Trips and was the teacher in charge of the United Nations Class Trip and demanded most of his time. He was the President and Vice President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association Union for several years. Garrett was also a YMCA Camp Director, coach and referee for after school sports.  He was involved for many years after his retirement with his coworkers playing basketball with teachers, and going to breakfast on Friday where they are known as the Friday Breakfast Club.
He is survived by his beloved son, Garrett J. Barry III and his wife Lynne of Bedford, NH, he was a devoted grandfather to his only granddaughter Riley Barry, and he is also survived by his sister, Helen Barry of Somerville, and many nieces and nephews.

Garrett was the brother of the late Patrick Barry and Margaret Coutier.  Private burial at Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford with a Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

4 Condolences for Garrett J. Barry Jr. of Chelmsford, MA

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    robin legacy


    Barrett family,
    Mr. Barry was one of my favorite teachers, at North Middle.
    Always smiling, patient and kind. May he rest in peace.
    Robin LeGacy

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    Kenny Hartung


    Garry – So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I have very fond memories of your dad as we painted houses in the summer, played basketball with his teacher friends, and listening to his history lessons while driving down to Florida. A truly great man, always fun, and always smiling. Please know that Sandy and I are thinking of you, Lynne, and your family.

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    Beth Cain gorman


    I am very sorry to hear the passing of Uncle Gary. Gary your family are in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace with Aunt Roe.

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    John and Cheryl Masson


    My husband and I extend our condolences to the Barry family. My husband John went to school with Garry in Chelmsford. I had Mr. Barry as a teacher in Westford and remember him as a kind hearted man with the biggest smile and such a positive person. I am honored and very thankful to have know Mr. Barry. Please rest in peace, you were the kindest soul.

    John and Cheryl (Roux) Masson/Westford MA

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