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Barry Edward McElwee

March 23, 1946 - June 13, 2020

Barry Edward McElwee lost his battle with a brief illness early in the morning of Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Barry was born and raised in Wilmington, DE to the late Margie and Carl Quinn. Barry loved being a truck driver and the fact that he was a teamster. He would drive his concrete truck by the house just to honk the horn and smile. His truck number was 302 and he let us all know it, whenever we were out driving and his company trucks went by, we always looked to see if it was #302. We even watched the numbers at night on TV to see if 302 would hit because we knew he played it every time. He also loved to talk about when he rode motorcycles and how good of a softball player he was. However, the one thing we all knew was that Barry was a good dancer and would show some of his moves to you if you asked. Some of the dance moves would make you laugh but he would just say we didn’t understand the time period.

Barry was very much into politics and watching what was going on in the world around him. He would never miss a chance to debate with anyone but he never minded if the debates ended with agree to disagree. Barry too was taken during a time of social distancing and we were all unable to visit him during his long stay in the hospital. We didn’t get to say a proper goodbye. We know God will relay our words and take comfort in knowing he will let him know we would have been there at the end if at all possible. We love you very much Barry.

Barry is preceded in death by his wife, Constance McElwee; both of his parents; brothers, Burt and Gene McElwee; and sister, Judith Giofre. Barry leaves behind his son, Barry McElwee Jr.; step children, Maria Permenter (Warren), Timmy Moyer (Mitzi), Curt Stackler (Chrissy), Joann Rankin (Paul) and Cindy Weaver; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and his brother, Steven McElwee.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barry’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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10 Guestbook messages for Barry Edward McElwee

  • There is a special bond between two people when they a child together that never goes away. I am thankful for Barry Jr. and will always remember you. May you rest in peace.
    Kay.

  • My Poppop,you had a way of always cracking me up. My best memories of you were growing up, you made every Christmas so special and you were always my favorite person to shoot the shit with. You also had such a kind and caring spirit, you always put your family first. You gave the most sentimental gifts, also so thoughtful.

    You were there when I lost my first tooth, when I fell off my first bike, when I got in my first fight, when I graduated and went off to college.

    I can’t believe you and Mommom are gone. But at least I know you are together again, probably sitting together giggling away. I’ll miss you both every day.

  • You will be miss Uncle Barry, I hope you’re dancing in heaven with our girls!

  • Barry,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, I know he was your best friend! My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you my dear friend

  • Dear Barry and family, I am so sorry for your loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God carry you through this difficult time 💔

  • Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you in this difficult time.

  • Many prayers sent to family. Good man now an angel in heaven with Connnie

  • My deepest condolences to you all, Barry will be missed. But he is where he wants to be with the love of his life. Rip

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family doing this time! May memories help to ease the loss of your father, grandfather, advisor and friend!

  • Barry and family, I am sorry for the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. It’s been many years since I’ve heard his name, but instantly remembered our (family) connection. May he rest in peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.