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Saturday August 29, 2015

Eric Lawrence Barry

It is with great sadness that we announce Eric's passing on August 24, 2015, at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by Christine, his beloved wife of 62 years and by their children, Christopher (Maureen Berry), Lisa, Catherine, Erica (James Jodoin) and David (Ann Cotnam). He will be missed by seven grandchildren, Faith, Sara Jane, Maia, Olivia, Julia, Emma and Kevin. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Barry and Barbara Barry.

Eric's business career concentrated on the management of not-for-profit organizations. In 1979 he was appointed president and chief executive of the Canadian Textiles Institute. An expert in international trade negotiations, he was an advisor to the Canadian government during negotiations for the GATT Multi-Fibre Arrangement, the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Eric exercised leadership during two terms as a federal appointment as director of the Standards Council and was instrumental in the 1993 creation of the textiles Human Resources Council. He was also instrumental in the development of a working partnership between the textile industry and the Department of National Defence, participating in 13 annual conferences.

In 1968 Eric became a St. John's Ambulance volunteer in Montreal. His deep commitment to the organization culminated in his appointment as the Lord Prior of the Order of St. John. He was the first non-Briton to hold office as the volunteer chair of this worldwide humanitarian charity.

Lt. Colonel Eric Barry (ret'd) served in the Canadian Forces Reserves for 17 years and was commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) 1960-1964 and is a life member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1960.

An avid lifelong skier and runner, Eric enjoyed traveling and felt very blessed to have seen most of the world during his lifetime. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

A private funeral service will be held for family members.

Donations in Eric's memory may be made to St. John International at either or directly payable to The Order of St. John, Clydesdale Bank, 6 London Rd, Crawley, RH10 8JB; IBAN: GB96CLYD82631370025895 SWIFT CODE: CLYDGB21313

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