Louis Barry, 48, manager of purchasing for door firm

September 01, 2005|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Louis Robert Barry, a purchasing manager for a White Marsh window and door supplier, was found dead of undetermined causes Aug. 25 while on a business trip in Bermuda. The Joppa resident was 48.

He and business associate Ron Short had become ill after going out for dinner Aug. 24, and Mr. Barry called the house physician to his room at the Wyndham Resort & Spa in Hamilton. An ambulance was summoned, but Mr. Barry declined to go to a hospital, Mr. Short, a Whiteford resident, told The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda.

"I went up to his room with the ambulance attendants, and three firemen were in the room. They had him on oxygen. The house doctor was there. Louis was on the phone with his wife," Mr. Short was quoted as saying in the article published yesterday. "The ambulance attendants said if something changed to call, and they would come back. I left him on the phone, and I told him I would see him in the morning."

In the morning, after Mr. Barry did not respond to a knock on the door, Mr. Short expected to meet him at the airport for their flight to Baltimore. Instead, he was informed by police that Mr. Barry had been found dead about 12:35 p.m. in his hotel room.

"He was healthy, and we had just completed a three-week motorcycle vacation in New England," said Mr. Barry's wife of eight years, the former Deborah Wiser.

Mrs. Barry said she is expecting to hear next week from the American consulate in Bermuda about the cause of death; so far, food poisoning has been ruled out. The newspaper quoted police as saying it was "a result of natural causes."

Mr. Barry was born in Baltimore and raised in White Marsh. He was a graduate of Perry Hall High School and had worked 30 years for Acadia Windows & Doors Inc., a commercial and residential manufacturer of vinyl windows and doors established by his family in 1947.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Mr. Barry enjoyed cross-country trips aboard his blue Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. He was a member of the Essex Motorcycle Club and ABATE of Maryland, a motorcycle lobbying group.

"His other love was helping people keep their serenity," Mrs. Barry said.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Drive in Abingdon.

Mr. Barry is also survived by four daughters, Melanie J. Elliott of Kingsville, Toni Zinnamon of Columbia, Erica Barry of Essex and Cheryl L. Gilley of Aberdeen; two brothers, Drew Barry of Bel Air and Gary Robinson of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Linda Sumner of Street and Gail Dobbs of Jarrettsville; and four grandchildren.

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