Celebrating the life of Robert Louis Barry
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Born and raised in Providence Rhode Island, Robert leaves a Nephew, William Barry Toole and his wife Ann Toole, a niece, Ellen O’Donnell, and grand nephews, Benjamin Toole, William O’Donnell and a grandniece, Grace O’Donnell.
Robert was born on April 7, 1926 to Louis Francis Barry and Mary Murphy Barry and was a lifelong resident of Providence. He was predeceased by his sisters, Rita Barry and Louise Barry Toole.
After graduating from Hope High School, Robert honorably served in the Pacific during World War II as a Corporal in the United States Air Force. He returned to earn his degree at Providence College, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Robert was a career teacher in the Pawtucket School system.
Teaching afforded Robert the luxury of spending many summers on Cape Cod as a bartender at the Chart Room in Falmouth. He had a modest boat which he named “Call Me Ishmael.” He was a lover of literature and the sea, and loved to quote from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Robert was a lifelong Parishioner of Saint Sebastian’s on the East Side of Providence, where he served as an Usher for many years. He was a proud member of the Pawtucket Teachers Union.
Most notably, Robert was a devoted son, brother and Uncle. He loved the company of clever, amiable people. “Uncle Bobby” was one of a kind and will be missed by the family he leaves behind.
Relatives and friends may call of Friday at 10am in the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman St., Providence followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 11am in St Sebastian’s Church, Cole Ave., Burial will be in St Francis Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care, 30 Milestone Rd. Danbury, Ct. 06810.
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