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John Francis Barry

October 24, 1949 April 21, 2018
John Francis Barry
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Obituary for John Francis Barry

John Francis Barry, 68, of Knoxville, TN passed away on April 21, 2018.
The funeral service will be held at Click Funeral Home, Farragut location, 11915 Kingston Pike. Knoxville, TN on Friday, April 27, 4:30pm – 6:00pm Receiving Friends and 6:00pm Service.

John was born in Queens, NY on October 24, 1949. He graduated from St. Francis High School, Winfield, IL and continued on to receive BS from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.
John was married to Barbara Riendeau Barry on March 20th, 1971, they were married 47 years.

John was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. He was a loving husband and best friend of his wife Barbara, whom he adored. He was the greatest dad in the world and hero to his sons John Jr (JB) and David. He was “Pop” to his 5 grandchildren, which was by far his favorite role. He was “Coach Barry” to hundreds of children, volunteering his time to teach them the fundamentals of the game he loved, baseball. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a teacher. He was stubborn, and caring, and tough, and humble. He was a craftsman, an outdoorsman, a handyman, and a family man.

He worked for General Motors for 20 years before retiring in 2016. After retirement he loved spending time with his 5 grandchildren. He enjoyed being a fan at his granddaughter’s sports and activities. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons. He loved working with his hands, building and fixing things and especially woodworking. He was actively involved in coaching youth baseball for 45 years. His favorite years coaching were spent together with his son, John Jr (JB), coaching his grandson’s baseball team.

John is survived by his wife Barbara; his mother Helen Barry of Seven Lakes, NC; sister Kathy Barry of Raleigh, NC; brother Kevin Barry of Round Hill, VA, his wife Debbie and nephews Trevor and Derek; his son John Jr(JB) of Knoxville, TN, daughter-in-law Danielle, grandson Ben and granddaughter Brooke; and his son David of Charleston, SC, daughter-in-law Becca and granddaughters Veda, Manda and Addison.

John is preceded in death by his father Vince, his brother Vincent, and his Aunt Mary.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Barry Family Charities at PO Box 23454, Knoxville, TN 37933 to be directed to John’s family’s cherished charities.


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Visitation

Friday

27

Apr

4:30 PM 4/27/2018 4:30:00 PM - 6:00 PM 4/27/2018 6:00:00 PM
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel

11915 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel
11915 Kingston Pike Farragut 37934 TN
United States

Service

Friday

27

Apr

6:00 PM 4/27/2018 6:00:00 PM
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel

11915 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel
11915 Kingston Pike Farragut 37934 TN
United States
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