McHugh Funeral Home

283 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH


Gerald B. "Barry" Scannell

May 22, 1951June 12, 2019

Gerald B. “Barry’ Scannell, 68, of Manchester, died June 12, 2019 at his home after a sudden illness. He was born in Manchester on May 22, 1951, the son of Gerald B. and Helyn D. (Whitmore) Scannell. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City, was educated in the local school district and was a graduate of Manchester West High School. He also attended the University of New Hampshire.

He was employed for many years as a sales representative by the Martignetti Wine Company. Barry was a sports enthusiast cheering the loudest for all the New England teams-the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and of course, true to his Irish heritage, the Celtics. He enjoyed many a challenging round of golf at the local courses and was also a history buff who cherished the quiet times with a good book in his hand. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle and friend.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Members of his family include his sisters Susan Ward and her husband Rodney of Cotuit, MA and Margaret Cancel of Naples, FL, his nieces Courtenay, Brittan, Caitlin and Gabriel and his nephew Ian as well as many, many close friends.

Visitation was held on Thursday June 27 from 11 am to 1 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester. A Memorial Service was celebrated at 12:30 pm in the funeral home. Urn Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Barry’s name be made to Families in Transition-New Horizons for NH 199 Manchester St. Manchester, NH 03103.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 27, 2019


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Matthew (Pokey) Kerhin

June 27, 2019

Condolences to the entire Scannell family for your loss.

I had the absolute pleasure to get to know the man they called Barry, throughout my brief seven years in New Hampshire.

He was unequivocally one my favorite men to talk with. We discussed topics such as 60’s music, Motown, the Funk Brothers and when the night was longer, we talked about life & the good times he had throughout.

Since moving away from New Hampshire two years ago, what I miss the most is walking into our social club and Barry quickly trying to search his pockets to find a spare dollar or two for me to play some music to take him back to a specific memory or memories.

I’ll miss him greatly, and as one of his favorite songs stated, “I know I've got to find, some kind of peace of mind… Maybe”

I guess that is what becomes of the brokenhearted.

Keep a dollar or two ready for me up there, Barry.

- Pokey -

Nancy Scannell Hamer

June 27, 2019

To Family and Friends of Barry,

Please accept my heart felt condolences on Barry's passing. I have memories of him as a child and young man, and I am sorry to learn of his passing still so young.
May such memories of better days sustain you at this time.
With regards,
Nancy Scannell Hamer

Alan Nutter

June 26, 2019

God bless you Barry..

Sheilah McGovern

June 25, 2019

Barry always had a twinkle in his eye, a soft smile and a kind word. His dedication to his job and friends was exemplary and always appreciated. You will be sorely missed. May you find peace with your loved ones who have passed before you and may all your Boston teams bring home championships to honor you!

Brenda Martucci Martucci

June 24, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. I remember riding in your Dad's convertible to take you to summer camp. Fond memories of being with your family. God bless you.

Brian Norton

June 22, 2019

My condolences to Barry's sisters during this difficult time. Believe me when I say, Barry was one of the good guys.

Patricia Lavallee

June 22, 2019

Barry and I met in 1971 when I became his barber and have shared all these years of friendship...every 3 weeks he got his haircut and our lives became intertwined: our jokes were that I was like a wife always telling him what he needed to do: from picking paint colors to personal issues. I married a classmate of his and then shared stories about my kids and grandkids and he shared his family’s stories. I will miss him more than I can say. I am so sad that Surgery will prevent me from attending
Love you Barry and someday we will meet again...Pat Lavallee

Sheri Paquette

June 21, 2019

Oh Barry you were the sweetest man.
Always lending an ear to listen and giving great advice. I will miss you my friend. Goodbye for now we will meet again. Hugs RIP

Cathy Smith

June 21, 2019

I will miss seeing you, we always laughed when you came by the liquor store to set up your displays. You were always smiling and very happy. Fly high with the angels Barry🙏

Steve Hammond

June 20, 2019

So sorry to hear. Barry & I met at UNH & were fraternity brother's at Acacia. Then again when I moved to Manchester in the 80's. Rest in peace Barry....our condolences to your family & friends.