April 20, 1927 ‒ March 13, 2010
MANSFIELD ~ Bob Barry was both salt and light. Matthew’s account of the Gospel includes Christ’s parable: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
As a Christian witness, Bob was salt and light, and infused with the joy of the Holy Spirit, his smile was ear to ear. He loved serving the Lord by serving his church family at Berean Church. Bob was a fixture in the south foyer and main foyer greeting and ushering on a regular basis.
No longer ushering others into the “Lord’s House”, Bob was ushered into the presence of the Lord Saturday evening March 13, 2010. He was 82.
Born Robert Barravechia on April 20, 1927 in Cleveland to Samuel and Rose Barravechia, Bob served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. Under the Lord’s protection, Bob returned from WWII as Bob Barry.
He lived in the Cleveland and Washington, D.C. areas before moving to Cape Coral, Florida 36 years ago. He retired from Messemer & Associates, where Bob worked testing water wells. He moved to Mansfield ten years ago to retire closer to family.
Bob had served as secretary for the F.O.P.A. and Shriner’s organizations, and was a member of Blue Lodge in Willoughby.
Remembered as a “doer” … Bob was always busy with some project for someone else, or on the go, caring for others.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Mamie Barry; their daughter and son-in-law Charlotte & Mike Umstead of Wooster; a son and daughter-in-law Ron & Kathy Barry of Fort Garland, CO; grandchildren Heidi & Jim Powers, Scott Umstead, Geoff Barry and Justin & Michelle Barry; great grandchildren Nichole, Haley and Joshua; a brother Joseph in Maryland; numerous nieces and nephews; and brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother David and sisters Annie Appuglies and Josie Rizzo.
The Barry family will receive friends Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home). A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Bob Barry will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, with Pastors Bill Heaton and Jim Berry officiating. Friends may also call on the family at the church building, the hour prior to the service. Military honors will follow, by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Interment will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery near Rittman.
Memorial contributions to the Deacon’s Fund of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barry family, and condolences to them may be made at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com