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Mass Hockey Hall of Fame Member Eddie Barry Passes Away

By Mass Hockey, 02/25/16, 12:45PM EST


Player, Coach and Referee Eddie Barry Remembered

In September 2015 University of Massachusetts Boston renamed the hockey rink at the Clark Athletic Complex after a refurbishing campaign to the Edward Thomas Barry Ice Rink.

“Your outstanding career as coach and mentor to so many young athletes has inspired greatness for more than half a century,’’ wrote J. Keith Motley, chancellor at UMass Boston, while informing Barry, as reported by The Boston Globe.

Barry, 95, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016 as a resident of Needham, Mass.

He is a member of the hall of fame for Massachusetts Hockey, University of Massachusetts Boston, Northeastern University and Wellesley High School.

Barry was a multisport athlete at Wellesley High School and Northeastern University. In 1947, he played 19 games for the Boston Bruins and scored his only NHL goal in Detroit.

Barry founded the men’s ice hockey program at Boston State College in 1962 and was the school’s only head coach until its merger with the University of Massachusetts 20 years later. He also started the golf program at Boston State.

Plus, Barry won the New England Amateur and New England and Massachusetts Senior Amateur titles. He was also a two-time qualifier for the US Amateur Championship. A plaque at Charles River Country Club says “In honor of Edward T. Barry, who proudly represented the Charles River Country Club at the highest levels of amateur competition for 40 years.”

His son Edward Jr., Skip, is now carrying on the family business of Barry and Farrell Insurance, founded by Barry and former Boston College star athlete Jack Farrell.

While playing for the Boston Olympics, Mr. Barry met Lucille Steadman, and they married in 1941. She died in 1976. Mr. Barry married Patricia Donovan in 1980.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Barry leaves two daughters, Jacqueline Donovan of Needham and Michelle Sullivan of Littleton; a son, Edward Jr. of Needham; three stepdaughters, Christine Lyons and Mary Lyons, both of Belmont, and Patty Lyons of Candia, N.H.; a stepson, John Lyons of Belmont; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A service has been held and burial will be private.

Follow this link to Barry’s obituary.

Follow this link to The Boston Globe story.

KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE 2011: Eddie Barry (left) and his business partner, Jack Farrell, at their insurance agency office in Needham.

UMASS BOSTON: Coach Eddie Barry and Captain John Caccamo in 1975.

GLOBE STAFF/FILE: Eddie Barry looked down the fairway during a 2001 round at Charles River Country Club.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON: Eddie Barry guided the Boston State College hockey team to a 20-0 record in the 1965-66 season. UMass Boston, which merged with the college, plans to rename a rink in his honor.