Michael D. Barry, of Fernandina Beach passed away at his home Saturday, December 22, 2018 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Tokyo, Japan to a military family, Michael was a son of the late Colonel Michael Anthony and Helen Maher Barry.
As a child in a military family, Michael lived in several places before moving to Daytona Beach, Florida when he was ten years old. He was a member of the 1975 graduating class of Fr. Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach. He attended Daytona State College before transferring to the University of Florida. It was there at Florida he would meet his future wife, Lauren Lowe.
Michael graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at UF in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. Michael’s unique way with people, his ability to interact with strangers and his friendliness made him a good friend to whomever he met.
Michael worked in several capacities in the hospitality trades on Amelia Island. Even though legally blind, no one ever really knew it. While working at the Amelia Island Club, Michael served as a bartender in the Sea Oats Dining Room even if Michael didn’t recognize who someone was he would always know them by they drank.
While there were many things in life he enjoyed, dancing was huge part of his life.
A longtime communicant at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parrish, he served in a number of roles there and was active in the Cursillo Movement.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Maria Barry and a brother in law, Walter Sparkman Lowe.
He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Lauren Lowe Barry, of Fernandina Beach; his children, Michael Brennan Barry of Atlanta, Georgia and Bridget Alana Barry of Fernandina Beach; a sister, Susan Ann Barry of Daytona Beach, Florida; a brother in law, Danny Lowe and his wife, Kathy, of Fernandina Beach; nieces and nephews, Lindsay Lowe Anderson and her husband, Jack, of Tampa, Florida, Lauren Lowe also of Tampa, and Louie Lowe, III of Valdosta, Georgia.
Services for Michael will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019, beginning at 1:00 PM, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Michael will be laid to rest during a private family gathering at a later date.
Those desiring may remember Michael by donating to the Cursillo Movement, in care of St. Peter’s, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 or to the Food Ministry of The Journey Church, 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 or the charity of one’s choice.