Timothy Peter Barry, 63, of Manchester, CT, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born in Manchester on August 6, 1957, Tim was raised in Colchester (Bacon Academy ’75). After graduation, he spent one semester commuting to UCONN/West Hartford, where he studied electrical engineering. Affectionately known as “technical Tim” by his friends, he took after his maternal grandfather, Al Esten, a pilot and commercial aviation pioneer with Pan American Grace in South America in the 1930’s and 40’s. Tim’s slight stature belied his athleticism. In addition to being an excellent shortstop in youth baseball leagues in Colchester, Tim played soccer and basketball in high school, and was nearly a scratch golfer, winning the Bacon Academy Golf League Championship circa 1974 when paired with PE teacher Bill Donlon. Just before his 21st birthday, Tim began an adult-life-long battle with schizophrenia. A beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend, Tim was a kind and gentle soul, and will be truly and deeply missed by his family and friends.
Tim is survived by his father, Frank Barry, of Colchester; his brother, Chris, of Durham, CT; his brother, Shawn (Justine; Jackson and Ardin), of Stafford Springs, CT; his brother-in-law, Russ Piper, and nephews Zac and Sam Piper (Southampton, MA). Tim was predeceased by his mother, Barbara (2014), and his sister, Kathy (2010). The family extends their deep gratitude to the owners, staff, and residents of April Time Residential Care; Dr. Saud Anwar and the staff of Northeast Pulmonary Associates/Vernon; Amy Thompson; ECHN visiting nurses; Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS; Genoa Healthcare/CHR; Manchester Memorial Hospital ER and 2-East nurses, doctors, and staff; Fox Hill/Vernon.
Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Tim’s life will be held in early August. Details will be available on the John F Tierney Funeral Home website, or by contacting Chris Barry at email@example.com. Donations in Tim’s memory may be made to Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 12, Deer Isle, ME 04627.
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