Barry Wilby

Born: Thu., May 27, 1948
Died: Sat., Mar. 12, 2016


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 15, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Mar. 16, 2016
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 16, 2016
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home


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Barry F. Wilby, age 67, of Easthampton passed away on March 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Barry was born on May 27, 1948 and is the son of Marjorie Kendrew Wilby and the late Horace F. Wilby.
A lifelong Easthampton resident, Barry was an active member of his community. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Westfield State College, Barry taught Social Studies at Easthampton High School for 35 years and served as Dean of Students for the last three. He touched the lives of many students during his long career, many of whom maintained contact even after their graduation.
Barry’s passion for softball started as a player for Szary Realty where the team achieved a record 75 wins in the Easthampton Men’s League. After his playing career was over, Barry, became an accomplished umpire of softball at the college, high school, and community league levels. From there, Barry started coaching girls softball at Easthampton High School and in the summer Metro League Travel team. He was also a member of Easthampton Little League Board of Directors. After retiring in 2007, Barry spent many mornings socializing at the local coffee shops with a group of friends. Barry, always with a warm smile, enjoyed greeting people and assisting at the Mitchell Funeral Home.
An avid sports fan, he cheered for his New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and the New York Yankees. His Yankee allegiance was the subject of many lively conversation among his coffee friends.
Besides his mother, Barry is survived by his wife, June Wilby, his brother Bruce and sister-in-law Lisa Wilby, and his three daughters Stacey Drezek and son-in-law Dana, Katherine Chase and son-in-law Andrew, and Jennifer Wilby. Some of Barry’s favorite times were spent with his grandchildren, Taylor and Ryder Drezek, and Emily Chase. Barry also leaves two nieces, six nephews, many extended family members and countless friends.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday March 15th from 4-7pm and on Wednesday March 16th from 10-11 am followed by a service at 11 am at Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA22312 or www.diabetes.org
The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at CareOne in Northampton for their loving and supportive care they gave to Barry. www.mitchellcofuneralhome.com

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