Mark Lawrence Barry, 66
Mark Lawrence Barry, 66, of Marion passed away Friday, August 13, 2021.
Mark was born in Chelsea, MA and lived most of his life in his beloved town of Marion. As a young child, he was always drawn to the sea and anything that had to do with boats or fishing. Growing up in this seacoast village with his loving and supportive mom, Virginia, father, Dick, sister, Kim, and brother, Brian, he flourished. He knew he was at home in Marion and on the choppy waves of Buzzards Bay, and he proved his commitment by settling in the village where he raised two wonderful sons, Mark and Steven.
In High School, Mark was an accomplished member of the ORRHS hockey team. He served as the editor of his class's yearbook and taught sailing and riflery at Tabor's Summer Program. He later attended La Salle University where he earned a B.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he met his life-long "Band-of-Brothers." This core of loving, supportive, amazing, and very entertaining men would be a part of Mark through life's journey through thick and thin, supporting Mark and one another to this day. Not enough can be said of his La Salle "brothers."
Mark was fiercely proud of and devoted to his sons Mark and Steven. To quote Mark Jr., "My pops was a hell of a guy. The pinnacle of a proud dad, talking me up to anyone he met, finding adventure on sea and the wilderness together, listening with bated breath to everything I ever had to say, and always making sure that my brother and I had the best lives possible." This past spring, Mark was blessed with a grandson, Ethan, who brings joy and light to all he is with.
Professionally, Mark had many accomplishments in the specialty insurance and integrated/advertising industry. He navigated his companies through many growth years and most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tokio Marine Relations HCC Specialty Group. Mark was eloquent, knowledgeable, and passionate about his profession. He enjoyed 30 accomplished years in this industry before his well-deserved retirement in 2018.
Six years ago, Mark embarked on a new journey with his new wife Amy. They were kindred spirits and the love of each other's lives. The spark between them was undeniable. In 2019, they were married at the Sippican Tennis Club in a beautiful and memorable service. As a couple, Mark and Amy enjoyed laughing, spending time together, golfing, traveling, entertaining friends and family at their home in Marion and spending time on the ocean.
Over this past year, Amy, and her supportive, loving family, alongside the Barrys and close friends, tended to Mark through his final season of life, and he passed on August 13th, 2021.
Mark will be remembered as a supportive, kind and infinitely generous man - a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, and a cherished friend.
A ceremony in celebration of Mark's life will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 AM at Island Wharf Band Shell, 2 Island Wharf Rd., Marion. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Ave., Provincetown, MA 02657. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.