OBITUARY

Barry Ian Harwood

July 8, 1940May 8, 2019

Barry Ian Harwood, 78, died Wednesday May 8th, 2019 at his home in Westlake Village in California.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Gillian (Bridger) Harwood; his three daughters, Joanna, Penelope, and Cathrine; his two stepsons, Michael and Andrew; his sister, Yvonne; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild; and many close friends. He was the son of Thomas and Gladys Harwood.

Born and raised in Cosham, Hampshire, England, he attended Portsmouth Grammar School and Bristol University, where he earned a bachelor of science leading to a career in electrical engineering. He also earned a masters degree in business management from C.W. Post University on Long Island, NY. He began his career working for GEC before emigrating to the United States to work for PRD, Litton Industries, GTT, and BAE Systems. He retired in 2006 and resided in Westlake Village for the remainder of his life.

He met his first wife, Susan, while at university. They married in 1961 and emigrated soon after to Long Island, New York.

He married his second wife, Gillian, in Chichester, England in 1978 and they lived throughout their marriage in Southern California.

Barry enjoyed playing cricket and golf (not well, of course, but he enjoyed playing). He joined the Corinthian Cricket Club in the 1970s and served on the club’s executive board as president, vice president and secretary. He also served on the Southern California Cricket Association board of directors as vice president in 1978/79 and secretary in 1994/95.

Barry also served on the board of AutoTestCon and was involved in the planning of many of the organization’s international conferences.

Barry enjoyed travel, particularly after his retirement, and traveled, mostly by cruise ship to all the continents except Antarctica. He also enjoyed frequent trips to visit with his sister, grandchildren, and numerous far flung friends.

The memorial service will held Tuesday the 14th of May, 2019 11:00am at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California with reception to follow. A second memorial service will be held at a future date in England.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Barry's name to the organization below.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Lynne Cope

May 13, 2019

Like so many “displaced” Brits, we first met Barry and Gill almost 40 years ago at those blessed cricket fields at Woodley, where many a happy memory was formed. Cricket was where we all became family; we may not be related, but the camaraderie and friendship we shared has lasted throughout the years. Stuart recently said that Barry and Gill were like grandparents, they made us feel at home, graciously allowing us to swim in their pools (I think we used them more than they did), looking after the house, the dogs and even the budgie. Barry was always a gracious host; he was a kind and considerate man who made you feel welcome no matter the occasion. His love of family and gentle demeanor reminds us all what we should be striving for.

My deepest sympathy and love to Gill, Mike, Andy, Joanne, Penny, Cathy and their families. I hope you draw strength from your memories of a life well lived with this wonderful man. It has been an honor and a privilege to call Barry my friend; Swing Low Sweet Chariot, this song will always make me smile and think for you. Lynne

Paula Scatoloni

May 13, 2019

When I close my eyes and think of Barry, I see trails and paths, lots of them. Whether in California, Oregon, or North Carolina, I see the many paths we walked during family visits (usually with dogs in tow) and hear the sound of his baritone voice as I recall conversations about life choices, paths crossed, and lessons learned. He would share stories of his life, and in return he would answer questions about finances, career choices, or things you might discuss with a parent.

Barry’s predictability and reliability in how he approached life was grounding and during difficult times, his optimism was anchoring. Consistent and steady are two words that I find suit him well. I am thankful for his keen sense of fashion as he often nudged me to expand my attire beyond my usual brown and black selections - Barry brought color and brightness to my world.

Finally, I want to honor his gentle and loving nature which I watched him exhibit to Gill through his daily gestures of affection and to the grandchildren through his patience and interest in their world. I will think of Barry every time I take a walk in nature. He will never be forgotten, and always in my heart.

Alfred lowenstein

May 13, 2019

I was Barry's golf partner at PRD in the early 70's. We played at Bethpage, including a couple of rounds on Bethpage Black. The Bethpage courses were in rough shape until the US Open in 2002, but we had fun. We were well matched as partners. Together, we practiced our slices, 3 putting, and excavation of sand from the bunkers (while we left our ball in the trap). For some reason, we were never asked to play at the US Open 2002 and 2009.

Barry taught me my most lesson about golf. That is, of course, to drink beer when the round is done. Barry had a 6 pack cooler, inserted 5 beers into 5 slots and ice into the sixth slot. Our opponents were grateful for beer, but rarely let us win.

I remember Barry introducing Gill and me in Coram, NY for the first time. Barry, this smart, tall, and handsome guy, was nervous, shy, vulnerable, and reticent. He acted like a school boy with crush and was not confident that he could chose well or act wisely. Barry did chose well and acted wisely.

Love,
Al and Nancy

Kerry Passingham

May 13, 2019

Spending time with Uncle Barry over the years has always been a great pleasure, be it here in England or over in California. I have lots of great memories to draw upon and share.

My most treasured memories come from more recent times, especially from our holiday to California in 2017. We all received such fantastic hospitality from UB and AG and it was lovely to sit, chat and be entertained with stories from Uncle Barry's life, whilst supping on one (or two) of his legendary cocktails. He also shared his love of Pompey with Bill and the boys as they all sat together and watched/ listened to the latest matches in real time.

Another great memory and what was to be our final time spent together, was when we went for a trip to the Still and West in Old Portsmouth for a pint and lunch - a favourite haunt of us both. Sitting in the pub, by the sea together, once more discussing past times was perfect.

Precious memories that I will always cherish of a fantastic Uncle xx

Sending lots of love and hugs to Aunty Gill, Joanna, Penny, Cathy, Andy, Mike and all their families.

Love Kerry, Bill, Sam, Jack and Harry xxx

Deanna Ovenden

May 12, 2019

Sharing experiences with Barry was an adventure. He inspired laughter, joy, and resilience during the biggest and smallest of times: driving around the English countryside; dancing at Gill’s United Way events, weddings, and family homes at holidays; visiting pubs; going on walks in Duke Forest; and eating curry until he sweat! Barry was a kind and fabulous host in every capacity — our “Candle King.” He has always been an amazing father to my husband Mike. For our children, Lexi and Ian, he exemplified a "joie de vivre" and love of learning. Watching Barry’s love and devotion to Gill, Mike, Richard, and Andy throughout the years has been an incredible privilege. They demonstrate what it means to be family. He’s loved and will be missed. I will always cherish the times we've shared.
Deanna

Lexi Ovenden

May 12, 2019

I will always remember Poppa as the man who helped raise my own incredible father. He was the man who sang Auld Lang Syne the loudest every year, who read every sign in museums, and was the biggest Pompey fan. He was wise and kind beyond his years, and a carefree child at heart.

As much as this death saddens me, my fond and joyous memories of him are overwhelming. Poppa inspires me and my brother to keep looking at the world around us and learning. He taught us fun! He was always hard at work on a puzzle, doing sudoku, whistling little tunes to himself, beating us in Monopoly, or drinking a good beer. His voice was booming and happy.

Watching his love for Nanny taught us how to care for others through anything; and he ALWAYS referred to her as “my love.” While not biological, Poppa is truly my grandpa -- always was and will be.

To Nanny, Dad, Uncle Andy, and the rest of the family; all of my love and support. Poppa always found fun in life and that will never change. He will always be loved forever.

My love,
“Lexin Loo”

Emma Groom

May 12, 2019

I have many fond memories of holidays in California spent with Barry and Gill. He introduced me to Disneyland & I have now experienced the joy of sharing it with my children Amber and Elliott.

We are fortunate that we have spent time with Barry & Gill here in the UK and America. He has been just as much a hit with Amber , Elliott & my husband Rob as he was with all the Bridger offspring.

I have loved watching his ‘Dad’-dancing at the many family events over the years. It will always be up there with the happy memories of great times.

We were so pleased when Barry & Gill managed to make it to surprise his sister Yvonne (Mum) for her 70th birthday. Her face was a picture. It really meant the world to her.

All our love to Gill, Joanna, Penny , Cathy, Andy and Mike.

Emma, Rob, Amber and Elliott

Joan Paton

May 12, 2019

It is thanks to Polaris and GEC that Barry came into our life. When posted to California Barry was assigned to my husband Jim’s team. When we returned to England, after a spell in Connecticut, Barry and Susan were our neighbours in Ulverston.

About 42 years ago, on the 31st December, we had a house visit from Barry, over from the US, wondering if we were having our traditional New Year’s Eve party. Barry informed me that he and Susan were no longer an item and with that I mentioned I had a partner for him. I dashed to Gills home, down the road, and after a great deal of pressure from me she agreed to join the party and the rest is history.

Barry was a great guy and he and Gill have enjoyed a wonderful, full life with their families.

God Bless you friend.

Love
Joan, Malcolm and Daren

Joan Paton

May 12, 2019

It is thanks to Polaris and GEC that Barry came into our life. When posted to California Barry was assigned to my husband Jim’s team. When we returned to England, after a spell in Connecticut, Barry and Susan were our neighbours in Ulverston.

About 42 years ago, on the 31st December, we had a house visit from Barry, over from the US, wondering if we were having our traditional New Year’s Eve party. Barry informed me that he and Susan were no longer an item and with that I mentioned I had a partner for him. I dashed to Gills home, down the road, and after a great deal of pressure from me she agreed to join the party and the rest is history.

Barry was a great guy and he and Gill have enjoyed a wonderful, full life with their families.

God Bless you friend.

Annette Liddon

May 12, 2019

Annette Liddon May 12th
Barry & Sue were the first couple
I met when I ventured south from the Midlands
Bill & I looked afterJoanna when Barry & Sue went out their flat was warmer than our Southsea digs!
I remember a fun guy with a twinkle in his eye.I am sure Barry & dear Bill are now discussing cricket as they look down on us all.
Happy memories much love to Gill & family

FROM THE FAMILY