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70 comments on “Edward Barry”

  1. Dear Evelyn & your beautiful family.
    Thank you for allowing us to join with you through this service to honour and reflect on the wonderful man of God Bruce has been and will continue to be in the presence of the loving God he has grown closer to through the years. Our lives are the richer for having known him and shared life together. We pray you’ll know God’s arms of love around you as you grieve and deep peace in your hearts as you have the hope that Jesus brings to our lives. Love you all so much. Heather & Mark Finger

  2. From Terry and Clio Milsome, a privilege to have known you and thankful that we had the opportunity to share a common interest, squash just to mention one, rest in peace, condolences to your family. You will missed. Best wishes.

  3. An amazing and moving service.
    Our condolences to Evelyn and the Barry family.
    Lots of good and competitive times on the squash court Bruce,these memories will always be with us.
    Sorry for the late condolences.
    Rest in piece mate.
    Peter and Barry Cain Baw baw squash club.

  4. Dear Aunty Evelyn and cousins, what a beautiful tribute you put together for Uncle Bruce. We still remember that cheeky smile and wit, even though it has been years since seeing you both. He will now rest with his Dad, (Stanley Joseph Barry), Mum, ( Vera Barry) Sister ( Melva Elliott)Brother (Alan Stanley Barry) Sister (Yvonne Davey). Forever in our heart and memories. Lots of love. Lorraine Collins (née Barry).

  5. Thank you Anne for inviting me to be part of the very beautiful service for your beloved Dad. It was deeply moving and inspirational, confirming for me Love is the greatest power of all. Your family and Pastor led a service that was deeply honouring and authentic, the words shared had such integrity, the music and photos uplifting and evocative. What an extraordinarily accomplished man Bruce was, his supreme contribution seemed to be his healing journey and the love
    lavished from this.

  6. What a lovely tribute to Bruce. I have enjoyed many walks and holidays with him with the walking club over many years and have always enjoyed his love of adventure and nature. His love for God shone through in all he did

  7. So glad you could share the service. Bruce was a great member of our bushwalking club
    and made a huge contribution to all sorts of charitable enterprises in his life.

  8. Evelyn and Family
    I heard today of Barry’s passing and had some great memories of you and Barry over the years at Blackburn North. I can remember you coming to our home and the times at Church. Great memories of Barry and yourself.
    Beautiful Service and seeing the family together speaking of Barry is so wonderful and he would have been very proud of them all.
    Praying for you Evelyn and the family, at this time

  9. I worked for Habitat for Humanity for a brief period with Philip Curtis and Brian Finch and many other inspiring people, especially Bruce. I met him a few times over my employment and found him an utterly committed and fine man. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the celebration of a life well lead.

  10. To the Barry family my deepest sympathy on the passing of Bruce. I will miss his visits to Bendigo each year and our very interesting conversations on a variety of topics. A quiet and very intelligent man.I will remember him whenever I test a set of lawn bowls on the test table he loved.

  11. It was a privilege to be able to remember Bruce with you today. His enthusiasm and sense of humour will be greatly missed at the squash club. Condolences to your family – Dave and jess.

  12. As a long-standing member of Baw Baw Squash Club, Club statistician, and fellow academic I have enjoyed Bruce’s company for many years. I have also appreciated his interest in the complexities of the computer program I devised to, amongst other things, select teams, monitor performance and calculate handicaps. The power of his intellect was a source of amazement to all who met him, yet he was very modest about it. He was respected by all at the Club for his sportsmanship, fairness and camaraderie. His longevity in the sport is an inspiration to us all. We will miss him dearly. It is a privilege to have known him and shared a small part of his extraordinary life. My sincerest condolences to all his family.

  13. Evelyn you are in our thoughts and prayers
    Love Jeanette and Dylan Peterson, Warragul.

  14. Bruce made a wonderful contribution in many ways to the bush-walking club. We both enjoyed his experience, company and stories while we walked with Bruce.
    Richard and Mary Habgood

  15. Dearest Evelyn and Family,

    I thank you for sharing this beautiful and touching celebration of Bruce’s life.

    It was an absolute honour to have known such a man. Who was so inspiring and humble.

    His legacy will live on forever…

  16. To Cathy, Evelyn and family, thank you for the online link giving us opportunity to join with you this morning in loving memory of Bruce. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Every blessing in Christ, from Ps Carl Sepssy and Pastor Rose Glover and everyone from Pakenham and Warragul Christian Churches.

  17. Very beautiful service for a well loved man. Thanks you so much for inviting me, it was amazing to see how much influence he had on you all which was apparent in his send-off. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

  18. Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

    A lovely and moving service along with the beautiful music and songs. Praise God that our joy is complete in Him!

  19. Our heartfelt thanks for the opportunity and privilege to share in the service today honouring the life of Bruce. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Barry family at this difficult time. May God’s blessing and comfort be with each of you in the days ahead.

    Ian and Sharron Gawler.

  20. As a colleague of Bruce for over 20 years I remember well the bush walks, the terrier on the squash court and the brave goalkeeper in our soccer games. I will remember Bruce. Yes, his life, “it was worth it!” Thank you for allowing me to be part of the service.

  21. To dear Evelyn, Glenn and Kathy, Vanessa, Michael, Teddy, Bonnie, Lizzie and Paul and your wider family and friends, it was an absolute privilege to share with you today in celebrating Bruce, his journey and transformation in love. Life together is so, so precious, and thankyou for reminding us God and for the way this has been shown to us through Bruce. It was a beautiful and transforming service – we can all learn from and of the patient love of God, family, especially grandchildren and hope and trust in God’s love is what makes life ultimately worth living. Being with you all online this morning was great but not the same as being with you – we send our love, prayers and hugs to you all.

    Love,
    David and Libby

  22. Beautiful funeral and such beauty in love by Evelyn and each and all of his family. He will be missed but as was said, “his legacy will go on for many generations”. From the age of eight till about 14 years my greatest joy (except for tennis) was Bruce’s boys’ club. The club and Bruce were such a great influence for good in my life and I was sad when it ended with the Boy’s Brigade as Bruce was no longer running it.
    Bruce and I played tennis together for many years. We knew when we stepped out on the court that whoever we were to play then they had better be good to beat us. In fact, Bruce and I were never defeated in men’s doubles over many years and I know he was proud of that too as one of his many less important achievements in life.

    My wife and I (Maureen) will sadly miss him but we will continue to visit Evelyn (my sister) who has always been a rock, wise, so kind and considerate and most of all loving not only to her family but to all she encountered. Like Bruce in so many ways, especially in his latter years. We will miss him but now he is in a better place with his saviour Jesus. God bless him. God bless Evelyn and all the family.

  23. To Evelyn & All the Barry Family
    Our deepest Sympathy
    The funeral was a lovely tribute to Bruce
    Bob & I have enjoyed Bruce’s company & friendship over the years that he has walked with the Ramblers in the Bushwalking Club
    Our Condolences
    Gai & Bob Duncan

  24. What a special family.
    God has blessed you richly – you have all blessed Bruce richly and you are testament the healing power of love – and what joy to see that Bruce has eventually been able to reflect that back, multiplied. Thank you for allowing me to be witness to a beautiful life story, and ceremony for Bruce.
    many years ago, your family opened your home to me and, with much patience, planted seeds in my heart for which I am very grateful. In those days Bruce was a bit of an unknown force, a mystery to me; I now have tears of joy to see that the mystery unfolded in his final years, like a rare and beautiful plant that only flowers once, but boy, does it flower!
    Much love to you all, and “thank you” Bruce

  25. Wonderful service for a wonderful man. I am proud to have the opportunity to have worked along side him at Habitat for Humanity. Ralph Comley.

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with you Evelyn, you were my rock when I was in need, I still have the gift you you gave me to remind me that no matter where I am, our wonderful Lord Jesus still holds me secure in his arms. My deepest sympathy is for you and your family on the loss of your husband and father. However he is now in the arms of our Jesus. Love to you all
    Margaret Drodge.

  27. Thank you to all of you for a beautiful service. We are so sorry that Bruce has passed on. I loved working with him on Habitat for Humanity in Warragul and Drouin. He was a gentle, beautiful Christian man and a delight to know and work with. He will be greatly missed but will live on in the impact he has had on so many lives.Thank you too Evelyn for the love and generous hospitality you showed alongside Bruce in caring for the Habitat people. I am so glad that I was able talk with Bruce one last time. Warren and Lois Platt.

  28. A wonderful service in tribute to a wonderful man. My sincerest condolences to Evelyn and to both Anne and Scott whom I have known in years gone by. Deepest sympathies also to Bruce’s other dear children and his precious granddaughters. Doubtless you shall remember him always in all that you do.

  29. Evelyn, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce and thank you for allowing us to be part of the service under these trying times we are all in at the moment. A beautiful service that reflected the wonderful man who was so many things to so many people. It was an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside Bruce at Habitat for Humanity as the West Gippsland Chapter built those 5 houses. We know your heart must be breaking, but may you find rest in the loving Father’s arms as you move forward with your life filled with such beautiful memories and surrounded by your beautiful family.
    Much Love
    Brian & Beverly Finch

  30. Dear Aunty Evelyn, Glenn, Bruce, Anne and Cathrine,

    Thank you for creating such a beautiful and honest tribute to your husband and father. It was very precious to be able to watch it with my father, Ron as it happened. We both were deeply moved to remember such an extraordinary brother and uncle and your deep love for him.

    We join you in your loss and grief, will be praying for you and look forward to seeing you in person when the current restrictions are eased.

    Much love,

  31. To Evelyn and all the Barry family,
    Thank you for a very personal and moving tribute to the life of Bruce.
    Although we couldn’t be with you physically, we were there in spirit.
    What a privilege to have known and lived with this man.
    His faith, love and generosity lived out in word and deed was indeed a reflection of the love of Jesus Christ.
    May you know and experience the love, joy and peace that Jesus gives at this time of sorrow and loss.

    Rob & Jenni Wall and family

  32. Dear Evelyn and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we give thanks to God for the wonderful life of Bruce.
    I especially give thanks for the opportunity of sharing part of his working life at Phillip Institute/RMIT within The Department of Human Movement Science. I particularly give thanks for Bruce’s wisdom and his concern for the students’ welfare.

    Peace be with you

    Neil and Pam Barras

  33. Dear Barry family
    What a privilege to share in remembering Bruce with you today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Glenn, Kathy, Ness, Siobhan and Liz (Michael, Paul and Teddy), We love you and are praying for you now. What a joy it is to count three generations of the same family (and a fourth in time) as our close and dear friends. May God bless you all and hold you close.
    Love Scott, Adelle, Alistair and James McArdle

    1. Dear Scott and Adelle
      Really appreciate your prayers and kind thoughts. My Dad in law was an amazing man who did so much with his life, and what is more, he allowed God to work inside him to change for the better. He was so modest and unassuming – an inspiration to us all, I know Glenn will really miss his Dad, but has some wonderful memories to cherish. God bless you
      Kathy

  34. Dear Evelyn and family,

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be part of the funeral service for Bruce. It was a very moving service and provided so much information about a beautiful man – well done to everyone who spoke. He was a wonderful man and we know so much more about him now – for Barry, he just nodded his head as different things were mentioned.

    We are thinking about you and know how much you are going to miss an amazing man.

    Our love and best wishes,

    Barry and Narelle Pumphrey

  35. It was deeply moving, humbling and inspiring to witness the outpouring of emotion through such truthful and powerful words, heart-warming pictures and beautiful music. What an amazing celebration of Bruce’s epic journey. No doubt Bruce will be smiling from heaven, as proud of you all, as you are of him. All our love, Debbie and David Hirschfelder

  36. To Evelyn & All the Barry Family
    Our deepest Sympathy
    The funeral was a lovely tribute to Bruce
    Bob & I have enjoyed Bruce’s company & friendship over the years that he has walked with the Ramblers in the Bushwalking Club
    Our Condolences
    Gai & Bob Duncan

  37. We have such fond memories of Bruce and Evelyn from our times at Templestowe Baptist and send our love and prayers to Evelyn and the family
    Love

    Jan and Darryl Wallace

  38. A truely beautiful man both on and off the squash court. Will forever be remembered for his smile and sense of humour. A real inspiration of what true spirit is, demonstrated through his determination and desire to play right until the end. You will be missed by all Bruce and have taught us so much. Rest easy.

  39. What a wonderful celebration. Thank you for making it possible for us to share in it. Our love and prayers are with the whole family. Many Blessings from Jenny and Collin Elbourne

  40. Such a lovely, heartwarming sendoff and recap on a life so selflessly lived for the good of others. My deepest sympathy to Bruce’s family during this difficult time. I pray Gods strength and Bruces memories will give you courage and zest to live on and make him proud. Forever shining from above and protecting you all. God Bless. Thank-you for allowing me to be a part of this really special event today.

  41. Thank you for inviting us to share in your farewell to Bruce. It was a moving and loving tribute from all the family and congratulations to all involved.

  42. Transformed by love …. a beautiful celebration and insight into the life of Bruce Barry. Loving thoughts and prayers for you Evelyn and your precious family

    A privilege to be a part of this service today

  43. Barry will be missed. I was one of the young things that he could smash at squash. He always was so gracious and always had a big smile for everyone, even in the face of his health crisis. A gentleman!

  44. Evelyn and family
    What an amazing testimony to his life, I was so moved by this service. Bruce was an incredible man and as one of the families who received a habitat home we where always amazed at his incredible energy and strength to do things that put us to shame and yes much to my horror I saw him on my roof working one evening.
    I am honoured to have been a part of his life story.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Donna Bowey

  45. Bruce you will always be remembered by your mates at the Baw Baw Squash Club. How fortunate were we to have you amongst us at your time in Drouin. Care to all Bruce’s family.

  46. A very moving service. I heard things I never knew about Bruce. I worked with him for several years at Phillip/RMIT.

    1. Thank you for a beautiful celebration service remembering the life and service of Bruce. He was indeed a humble man and the words “a man transformed by love” are most appropriate. Our love and prayers are with you all . Graeme and Julia Cann.

  47. A lovely service. Thank you so much for inviting us to farewell Bruce. On our walks, he spoke so proudly of his exceptional musical family. Now I see why. Thank you for sharing. Megan

  48. A beautiful service for a man who lived life to the full and gave to others who could not. He always treated me with respect and friendship even though we came from different worlds and life experiences.
    My love, respect and sympathy to all of the Barry family. Vale Bruce.

  49. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful stories of your beloved husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grand-Pa. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this sad time. Much love. Jeff and Merron Calway. X

  50. To Evelyn and family,
    Thank you for the opportunity of sharing in this beautiful service celebrating Bruce’s life. He was an amazing man.
    May the love of our Lord and His peace and comfort be with you over the coming days.

  51. A lovely, fitting service for the life of a wonderful, accomplished gentleman. Vale Bruce. God bless you.

  52. Such a beautiful testimony from family and friends to a wonderful man.

    Thank you for all your love, encouragement and support over the years xx

  53. Dear Evelyn and family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God hold you close and give you comfort in the times ahead. I have some lovely memories of conversations I have had with Bruce. In particular his walking adventures and his passion to make a difference to those who needed help to afford housing.

    Much love to you all.

    Kerry Ware

  54. Dear Evelyn
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. We have so many wonderful memories of his life in the time we spent together when at TBC, especially Stephen with all the hiking trips they did together.
    God’s blessings to you and your family.

    Love
    Stephen and Linda Lake

  55. Uncle Bruce will be sadly missed and we’ll never forget what loving support and friendship he and Aunty Evelyn have shared with our family over the years. My thoughts and condolences go out to all in the Barry family and their extended families.

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