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Barry, Henry G. “Hank”

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Henry Gabriel “Hank” Barry, a resident of Fox Hill Village in Westwood, and formerly of Newton and New London, New Hampshire, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Clark House in Westwood.  He was 87. Hank was born February 9, 1927 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the only child of Edward H. and Mary (Dunlea) Barry.  He graduated from St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham in 1945 and from Boston College in 1949 where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics.  In 1956 he earned his Master’s Degree in Guidance from Boston College.  Hank was the men’s sport coach at Sacred Heart High School in Newton Center from 1948 until 1964 and worked as a mathematics teacher at Bigelow Junior High School in Newton Corner from 1958 until his retirement in 1989.  He also taught night school at Northeastern University; volunteered as an Adult Christian Educator for fifteen years; and worked as a professional baseball scout.  Hank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane (Devlin); his son, Edward H. Barry, and his longtime companion Margaret Quan, of Cambridge; his six daughters, Maureen Celli, and her husband Daniel, of Simsbury, Connecticut, Jane Walsh, and her husband John, of Westwood, Susan Aries, and her husband Kenneth, of Westwood, Kathleen Barry, of Norwood, Dorothy Vancura, and her husband Craig, of Westwood, and Gayle Barry of Salem; and his nine grandchildren, Danielle and Lauren Celli, Elizabeth and Evan Walsh, Bryan, Kevin and Kaitlin Aries, and Valerie and Jacqueline Vancura.   Visiting hours will be held Monday, March 24th from 3 to 7 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home Tuesday at 9 AM and proceed to St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High Street, Westwood for his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 ‘o clock.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers Hank would have appreciated donations be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 61 Mt Pleasant Avenue, Boston, MA 02119 or to St. Sebastian’s School, 1191 Greendale Avenue, Needham, MA 02492.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Laurie NAsh
    March 23rd, 2014 | 7:27 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Barry family at this difficult time. It was a pleasure getting to know Hank as his visiting nurse. Laurie Nash

  2. Bob Kelly
    March 23rd, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Even though I did not know him that long, he loved to talk sports with me and always had a kind word for everyone. We will keep him in our prayers and thoughts.

  3. Tom Lynch
    March 24th, 2014 | 4:35 am

    Thanks for your guidance in sport and life.

  4. Bob Nangle
    March 24th, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Hank was my baseball and basketball coach at Sacred Heart High. I thank him for the countless hours of devoted coaching and guidance. I will keep Hank and his family in my prayers.

  5. Frederick and Eileen Penney
    March 24th, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    Condolences to the Barry Family. May all your memories be happy.
    May you be at peace Hank.

    Love, Fred, Eileen, Meaghan and Ryan Penney.

  6. March 24th, 2014 | 11:06 pm

    Thank you Henry for your presence at so many events, for so many years, for so many of us,from the beginning of time, at THE HILL to this very day,on the Needham campus. You will be missed and forever prayed for by the loyal alumni…….

  7. Oz McConathy
    March 25th, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Those were the days, the days of our youth playing high school ball with Hank as our coach in the 1950s. He was always a good man and coach. He was a Christian gentleman.

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