OBITUARY: David F. Barry, 80

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David Frizzell Barry, of Marblehead, was born on Nov. 4, 1942 in Salem. He died in Salem Hospital on Jan. 8, 2023, from many health issues and a second case of COVID. He was the beloved son of the late Barbara (Frizzell) and Clifford Barry and grandson of the late Louise (Grant) and Thomas J. Barry. Dave graduated from Marblehead High School with the class of 1960. He worked for Jordan Marsh and Macy’s for 42 years, retiring at 62. His summers were spent as a crew member on Senator Saltonstall’s boat. He made many lasting friendships when moored in North Haven, Maine. On Sundays, he was a choirboy at St. Michael’s Church in Marblehead.

Dave had many interests. One was his love for woodworking, carving the sign for “Black Joe’s” Tavern and his happy times in his grandfather’s workshop. He was a member of the Marblehead Artillery Company and Glover’s Regiment as their historian. He was an avid reader of American, World and Marblehead history and discovered his Scottish roots.
In 1975 he met his future wife, Judy Kimball, who had just started working at Jordan’s. They married in 1976 with a bicentennial-themed wedding. On their honeymoon in Scotland, they made many friendships that lasted over several trips.

Later, together with his son Tom, his other interests included having fun together building a model train layout, building model kits, attending train shows and vintage plane air shows and train spotting. They went to vintage plane air shows and model train shows. Many happy hours were spent together with Tom like Dave did with his grandfather.

A very special time in his life was when he and Judy were invited to visit Braunau, Austria, in 2015, where Dave’s father had died on the last day of World War II when Dave was four years old. Seventy years after the war, his father was commemorated there for his sacrifice in helping to save their town from Nazism. This visit gave Dave closure that he never expected he would have.

Dave was a very special man. He leaves his loving wife Judy (Kimball) after 45 years of marriage. He was predeceased by his son Thomas Clifford in 2017. He is also survived by his brother in law Philip Kimball, and his wife, Cindy, and special friends, Pete, his friends in North Haven, Maine and very special friends, Rosie and Catriona in Marblehead and their families and his friends in Scotland as well as his new Westie puppy, Skye.

Interment in Waterside Cemetery will be private. Arrangements and care by Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to the Marblehead Animal Shelter or the Edith Dodge Fund. For the Barry family, fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be made at

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