D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Barry Duane McKelvey

September 7, 1938March 7, 2020

Barry “Tooker” Duane McKelvey, 81, of East Hartford, beloved husband for 60 years of Bette (Draghi) McKelvey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Born on September 7, 1938, he was the son of the late Jacob Russell McKelvey and the late Loretta (Poundstone) McKelvey. Barry was a graduate of East Hartford High School and then went on to serve honorably with the United States Army. Barry worked his entire career in telecommunications and retired from Lucent Technologies in 1995. In Barry’s spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, he was also a fan of the N.Y. Yankees.

Besides his beloved wife Bette, Barry is survived by his son Lawrence “Larry” McKelvey and his wife Wilma of East Hartford and his brother Jan McKelvey and his wife Barbara of Colchester and best friends Diane and Jim Milne of Glastonbury. Barry is predeceased by his beloved sister Patricia Repoli and brother Don McKelvey.

Services will be private at the conveniences of the family. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.


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Barry Duane McKelvey

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terry hickey

March 12, 2020

Larry,so sad to hear of your father's passing.I always remember what a nice man with a great sense of humor.He will be truly missed.Terry

Louise Neary

March 11, 2020

Bette, so sorry to hear of the passing of Barry. Unable to be there as I am in Florida, but I'll always remember Barry's smile.

Louise (Mockus) Neary

Thomas Terragna

March 11, 2020

Our Deepest Sympathy to The McKelvey Family & Friends
Our Thoughts And Prayers are with you.
The Terragna's