Kevin Joseph Barry, 30, UM audio technician

July 19, 2004

Kevin Joseph "KeJoe" Barry, who worked as an audio technician for the athletic program at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center, died Thursday of leukemia at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. The Abingdon resident was 30.

Mr. Barry had received a diagnosis of the disease in 2001, but his leukemia went into remission until last summer. He was taking part in a clinical trial at Sloan-Kettering at the time of his death, family members said.

"He was an inspiration for every one of us," said his mother, Ireen Dryburgh-Barry of Arnold. "He fought so hard."

Raised in the Cape St. Claire area of Anne Arundel County, Mr. Barry was a 1993 graduate of Broadneck High School, where he played soccer, baseball and football.

He spent about two years as a reservist in the Marine Corps before training to become an electrician through classes at Montgomery College in Rockville and an apprenticeship at the University of Maryland, family members said.

Mr. Barry enjoyed working on his truck and golfing.

"He was always a go-for-it type of person," said his brother, Cameron Barry of Arnold. "He would always be the first one to try something."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Barranco & Sons funeral home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

In addition to his mother and brother, Mr. Barry is survived by his wife of almost three years, the former Diane Fales; his father, George J. Barry of Annapolis; his grandmother, Teresa Dryburgh of Beltsville; and an aunt, uncle and nieces.

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