I rang Barry in February 2018 to seek his permission to put him in contact with an ex-OTC technician, David Free, who valued the relationship that he had with Barry in the mid-1980s and wanted to catch up. His son, Ken, answered Barry’s phone and told me that the cancer that Barry had successfully fought 10 years earlier had come back and he was in Lismore Hospital undergoing treatment and the future did not look promising. Ken asked that I not pass anything on to OTVA members as his father was in no fit state to talk to anyone or have visitors.
Barry turned 82 years of age on 18th May 2018 and celebrated the event with some close friends despite the fact that he was very sick and those who were there did not think that he would last very long at all. One of those was Max Davis who had become a close family friends over the years. Max is amazed that he last as long as he did.
Barry passed away on 1 August 2018 at 5:30pm. He had entered palliative care in Byron Bay in the weeks prior to his passing.
Max contacted me today to pass on the details of Barry’s funeral supplied by his daughter, Alison.
His funeral is expected to be held at the Uniting Church in Leura NSW:
WHERE: 23A Grose St, Leura NSW 2780
WHEN: Monday 13 August 2018 at 11am
I have Alison’s contact details and can provide them upon request to any of Barry’s ex-OTC work colleagues who would like them to pass on their condolences, etc.
May He Rest In Peace