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Barry E. Wade Sr. CROYDON — Barry Edward Wade Sr., of Croydon, passed away at his home on Nov. 13, 2021, at the age of 78. He was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, on March 8, 1943, son of the late Ray and Florence (Smith). He grew up in Fairfield but spent most of his summers at the family cottage on Rocky Bound Pond in Croydon. At age 16, he met the love of his life, Catherine Sherwood. They married Aug. 25, 1962, and settled in Fairfield where they raised their three children. Barry worked at the family dairy, had a paper delivery business, as well as a rubbish removal business. In 1971, the family moved to Springfield, New Hampshire. They later relocated to Newport where they owned and operated Sunapee Street Lanes Bowling Alley, Refuge Contractors, as well as several apartment buildings. Barry was fortunate to retire at a young age and found himself the owner of a motor home which he and Cathy travelled cross-country in for many years until finally settling upon Big Pine Key in Florida for their final winter destination. They were lucky to meet more lifetime friends during that time. Barry enjoyed fishing, boating, entertaining and most of all, spending time with family and friends. He was also an avid NASCAR and Indy fan, attending the Indianapolis 500 along with many NASCAR races. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Cathy, of 57 years; sons, Barry Jr. and wife Amy (Ronan), James and Paula (Priess); daughter, Kellie (Wade) and Dale Bevilacqua; grandsons, Michael and Amanda (Colburne), of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Harrison and Jenna (Kantor), of Waterbury, Vermont, Devin and Chantel (Hogsed), currently stationed in San Antonio, Texas, Noah, of Newport, Dylan Gardner, of Newport; granddaughters, Jasmine (Gardner) and Dan Spear, of Springfield, Jordan Gardner and Mike Mahoney, of Newport; great-granddaughters, Addison and Olivia Spear, Elsie, Aria; great-grandsons, Sonny, Owen Mahoney; sister-in-law, Jean Lesko and Matt Wedlock, of Venice, Florida; two nephews and four nieces; and many close friends who considered him a father. A celebration of life will be held at the Croydon Fire Station Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Newport Food Pantry.

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