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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

Gary Stuart Barr

April 11, 1940June 3, 2019

Gary Stuart Barr of Morrisville died peacefully at Rex Hospital on June 3, 2019 with his loving wife and best friend Dottie holding him. He was 79 and died following several months of illness.

Gary was born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1940 and was the son of the late Wayne and Maude Barr. After school, Gary joined the US Navy and served honorably in the 1960s. Gary was a humble man who worked hard all of his life. His primary career was as a body shop estimator, and he was sought after by many shops because of his honesty, integrity and tremendous expertise. In the last year he enjoyed working with his step-son in the office at Abbey Road Tavern & Grille in Cary.

Gary enjoyed music and was an accomplished musician, especially playing the guitar. He enjoyed going to concerts, particularly bluegrass, and attended Wide Open Bluegrass every year with friends. He especially enjoyed his furry friend Eddie, taking him on walks and to the dog park. Most of all he loved doing anything with his wife and family.

Gary Barr was a man of faith. He was kind and thoughtful, a wonderful husband, who loved family and friends. A quiet man of few words, when he spoke it was with kindness and love for people. He had a quiet smile that warmed anyone who was around him. Gary faced several health challenges over the years with courage and strength, never complaining and always thanking those who helped him. He loved his wife Dottie dearly, and they enjoyed 29 happy years together. He embraced everyone as family – and especially loved the family he gained when he married Dottie.

In addition to his wife, left to cherish his memory are his daughter Robbin and granddaughter Shayla and her husband Chace of South Carolina. He also loved Dottie’s family including daughter Kim Klaus and her husband Bob and children Sam and Elle; son Mike and Erin Montgomery and their children Jake and Olivia, and son Craig Montgomery and his children Angus and Maddox who live in Vermont. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law John and Mary Ellen Barr, sisters Delores Paddock and Carolyn Partridge, sister and brother-in-law Joanne and Chuck Martz, and sisters-in-law Sandy Barr and Barb Barr. He had many nieces, nephews, and friends who loved him and miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Phillip, Keith and Dale, sister and brother-in-law Jane and Tom Wetmore, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Joyce Barr, brother-in-laws Spence Partridge and Ralph Paddock .

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Sunday, June 30 at 2:00 pm at Brown Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 30, 2019

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Heather Sink

July 28, 2019

Gary was able to make you feel really good just by his smile. He was a gentle and sweet man and he was very talented too. His passion for photography and great eye was very evident in my daughters wedding photos. Dotti and Gary were such a fun and beautiful couple. Dotti I know your heart is broken and I hope your beautiful memories can comfort you.
Gary was a man of integrity, kindness and made this world a better place.

Howie (Butch) Tirner

June 14, 2019

I remember Gary, with a great deal of respect and wonderful memories. We played together in a high school band, sort of a garage band. I was the junior member, with Rog Amy and Alan Mann. We played mostly at Keuka College, in their little dining room, and at sorority parties. Later the band was invited to play at Venuti’s, between Penn Yan and Geneva. I was too young and had to drop out.
Gary’s love of music was the “glue” that got us started and kept the thing going. We all loved to just be around him. He was such a cool dude.
God speed to him in his new life. Everyone there will love him.

Teresa Barr Parris

June 14, 2019

The most handsome man in my world!! Uncle Gary's visits were always an experience!! Music, food and lots of family love! Rest easy Uncle Gary!! I can imagine the heavenly family reunion taking place now!!
Much love to Dottie, Robbin and Shayla, to Dottie's children and my aunts and uncles!

Lowell Ferrell

June 9, 2019

Gary was a good friend even we didn’t see each much we stay in contact by phone or text. Gary and I worked together on a couple of occasions and was a great coworker. Lots of good memories, including my birthday parties he came to in my 50th.
Gary a good person and will be missed by all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Gary Stuart Barr of Morrisville died peacefully at Rex Hospital on June 3, 2019 with his loving wife and best friend Dottie holding him. He was 79 and died following several months of illness.

Gary was born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1940 and was the son of the late Wayne and Maude Barr. After school, Gary joined the US Navy and served honorably in the 1960s. Gary was a humble man who worked hard all of his life. His primary career was as a body shop estimator, and he was sought after by many shops because of his honesty, integrity and tremendous expertise. In the last year he enjoyed working with his step-son in the office at Abbey Road Tavern & Grille in Cary.

Gary enjoyed music and was an accomplished musician, especially playing the guitar. He enjoyed going to concerts, particularly bluegrass, and attended Wide Open Bluegrass every year with friends. He especially enjoyed his furry friend Eddie, taking him on walks and to the dog park. Most of all he loved doing anything with his wife and family.

Gary Barr was a man of faith. He was kind and thoughtful, a wonderful husband, who loved family and friends. A quiet man of few words, when he spoke it was with kindness and love for people. He had a quiet smile that warmed anyone who was around him. Gary faced several health challenges over the years with courage and strength, never complaining and always thanking those who helped him. He loved his wife Dottie dearly, and they enjoyed 29 happy years together. He embraced everyone as family – and especially loved the family he gained when he married Dottie.

In addition to his wife, left to cherish his memory are his daughter Robbin and granddaughter Shayla and her husband Chace of South Carolina. He also loved Dottie’s family including daughter Kim Klaus and her husband Bob and children Sam and Elle; son Mike and Erin Montgomery and their children Jake and Olivia, and son Craig Montgomery and his children Angus and Maddox who live in Vermont. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law John and Mary Ellen Barr, sisters Delores Paddock and Carolyn Partridge, sister and brother-in-law Joanne and Chuck Martz, and sisters-in-law Sandy Barr and Barb Barr. He had many nieces, nephews, and friends who loved him and miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Phillip, Keith and Dale, sister and brother-in-law Jane and Tom Wetmore, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Joyce Barr, brother-in-laws Spence Partridge and Ralph Paddock .

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Sunday, June 30 at 2:00 pm at Brown Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.