He was married to the late Roberta (Lyon) Barry, who died in 2016.
Born in Somerville, MA, he was the son of the late Garrett J. Barry Sr. and Margaret (Credon) Barry.
He grew up in Somerville and was a communicant at St. Catherine’s Church in Somerville where he was an alternate waiter in his younger years.
Garrett graduated from Malden Catholic High School with the Class of 1953. He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1958 for Strategic Air Command in England. After the Army he graduated from Salem State University with the Class of 1961 and went on to Salem State while working at Western Jr. High School in Somerville from 1961 to 1967 and has graduated in 1967 with his master’s degree. In 1967 he taught at North Middle School, Westford until 1977. In 1977 he taught at Abbott Middle School, Westford until 1983. In 1983 he taught at Westford Academy until 1983. his retirement in 1999.
Garrett has always been involved in extracurricular activities. He devoted his time to planning senior class trips, especially as the teacher responsible for the United Nations class trip, which took most of his time. He was president and vice-president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association Union for several years. Garrett has also served as a YMCA camp director, coach and referee for extracurricular sports. He was involved with his colleagues for many years after his retirement, playing basketball with teachers and going to lunch on Fridays where they are known as the Friday Breakfast Club.
He is survived by his beloved son, Garrett J. Barry III and his wife Lynne of Bedford, NH, he was a devoted grandfather to his only granddaughter Riley Barry, and he is also survived by his sister , Helen Barry of Somerville, and many nieces and nephews.
Garrett was the brother of the late Patrick Barry and Margaret Coutier. Private burial at Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford with a celebration of life at a later date. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guest book on www.dolanfuneralhome.com.
Posted by Lowell Sun on October 24, 2021.