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James “Jim” Barry
April 3, 1959 - August 26, 2018


September 07, 2018
Friday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - James “Jim” Barry passed away suddenly Sunday morning, August 26, 2018.  He was 59 years old. He was born in Fresno, CA on April 3, 1959 to Jack and Mary Barry. 

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His father, Jack, preceded him in death October 2017, and his mother, Mary, July 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Barry, of Ketchikan, as well as sisters Anne Barry of Seattle, Liz (Rick) Tupper of Kirkland, WA and brother John "Jack" Barry of Santa Rosa, CA. 

He grew up with his siblings, Anne, Liz and Jack in the Bellevue, WA area.  Jim graduated from Interlake High School in 1977.            

He is especially proud of his adult nieces, Meagan Tupper of Redmond, WA and Emily Barry of Dallas, TX, and nephew, John Tupper of Seattle.  Each one growing nicely into their adult lives.

Jim is also survived by his sister-in-law Kristi Michaelson, of Camas, WA, mother to Kaili (11yo) and Kianna (6yo). He certainly made it a point to see them when he could and was known to them as "Unka Jokester". He loved watching them grow and learn

Jim moved to Ketchikan in September 1985, taking a position with Porter-Spaulding Insurance Agency.  Joining his father, Jack Barry, in the insurance business. Jim enjoyed playing men's softball, and made many new friends that helped him settle in to his newest adventure.

He married Margaret in June 1993, and celebrated their 25th Anniversary this last June.

Jim was an owner and President of Davies-Barry Insurance.  He had served 10+ years on the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association. After holding various posts in the Association, he served as President in 2007. He has also had the pleasure of serving as a board member on several local associations and was a member of the Elks.

Jim enjoyed living in the close-knit community of Southeast Alaska.

Please join us for a celebration of Jim’s life, a time to tell (some) stories, and a gathering of friends and love will be held on September 15, 2018 in Ketchikan at The Landing Hotel in the Sunny Point Ballroom, from 4:00-8:00 pm.

Cards can be mailed to Margaret Barry, P.O. Box 6511, Ketchikan, AK 99901.




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