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Barry Patrick McMillan – Passed Away 9 August 2016 – Aged 80 Years

14 Oct 16
Peter Bull
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11.04.1936  –  09.08.2016

Barry passed away on 9th August 2016 age 80 at the Casey Hospital Berwick. Barry is survived by his wife Lynne and loved father of Mark, Darren, Tracey and Leanne and cherished Poppy of 11 Great/Grandchildren.

The Funeral service was held at Tobin Brothers 232 Cranbourne Road Frankston on 15/8/2016 at 2pm.

The Funeral was attended by about 120 Family/Friends and including 10 OTC Colleagues namely:  Ron & Dulcie Carey, Mary Tancheff, Charlie Micallef, Teddy Dennis & Daughter, Robert & Sue Beck, and Robert & Judith Hall.

Barry was born in Cora Lynn near Kooweerup Victoria being the second eldest of five boys, Peter who is the last surviving brother is welcome here today. Barry attended Cora Lynn State School then to St. Francis Xavier in Frankston until he left at the age of 14 after achieving his Merit Certificate.

Barry started his career at OTC in 1950 as Circuit Assistant and then the next 24 years in the Melbourne Operating Room (MOR) resigning to go into the Cosmetic Business Called (Save More) with his wife Lynne where they manufactured their own cosmetics and sold them through their chain of stores. Their factory was in Moorabbin and when Barry had his stroke at age 56 his working life was over.

After leaving hospital he was in rehab for 6 months and became strong enough to be able to walk again at which time he left hospital and came back home to Lynne who has been his primary carer ever since.

On leaving OTC Barry has kept in touch with many colleagues and despite his difficulties with stroke was quite a regular at our OTVA Reunions in Melbourne. Many years ago my wife Judith and I on a regular weekly basis saw Barry at Caribbean Gardens tending a stall selling Pet (Dog & Cat) various items which he did for a period of time and kept us in touch with Barry & Lynne.

Barry’s sporting interest was Collingwood he clearly had a terrible taste in footy teams and would be none too pleased to know that a Carlton supporter is doing his farewell service today. Other things Barry loved were Horse Racing, McDonalds and Barney Banana Ice Creams and Scotch.

Barry and Lynn had travelled to America and England during their marriage for holidays and wonderful times were shared together.

Barry enjoyed time with all his Grandchildren his face would light up when he saw them coming, first thing he would say  is “give me a kiss”.

Barry had a stroke 24 years ago and his life changed forever. He has been well cared for by Lynn until 2 years ago when Barry was moved to Southern Cross Aged Care facility Lyndhurst VIC where he was well looked after by the dedicated carers there. Barry’s health deteriorated recently and admitted to Casey Hospital Berwick where he was extremely well cared for in his last days ironically Barry was unaware that a Great Grandchild was born the day before his passing in the same hospital.

May he now be resting peacefully and comfortably and there is no doubt he will be very sadly missed by Lynne and all of his family.

By Robert Hall

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