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.