BURGESS, Va. — Robert Wade Berry, 74, of Burgess, Va., passed away March 25, 2012, after a brief illness.
He was born to the late Frank and Georgette Berry Oct. 11, 1937, in Clarksburg, W.Va. Bob was a crackerjack catcher on the baseball field, and was a lifeguard and swimming coach at the community pool. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1956, and married Mary Jewell Sapp in 1960. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1964, and completed the Columbia University Executive Program in Business Administration in 1978. He served three years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy and retired as Commander after 28 years of reserve duty. Bob was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Hague, Va.
During his 25-year career at the General Foods Corporation, he held management positions in Battle Creek, Mich. and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finishing his career as plant manager of the carton and container operation in Saratoga Springs. After retiring, he opened and operated a successful machine shop in Ballston Spa, N.Y. After closing the machine shop in 1996, he and Mary retired to the Burgess, Va., to enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, and where he became an active member of the Northern Neck Sailing Association. He was also an active member of the Rappahannock Pistol and Rifle Club and served as their president. His favorite past times included shooting trap, sailing, and metalworking.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Jewell; two daughters, Bronwyn (Brian) Craig of Glen Cove, N.Y. and Paige (Bradley) Allen of Albany, N.Y.; dear cousins, Maurice Bouffioux of Dayton, Barbara Comer and Margaret Knight of Clarksburg, W.Va.; other cousins; many nieces and nephews; countless friends; and his dog, Indy, a constant companion.
The family wishes to thank the Riverside Cancer Center in Gloucester, Va., for their kindness and care during his illness. In addition, the family would like to thank everyone associated with Riverside Hospice in Tappahannock, Va., for their gracious and gentle care given to Bob during the last days of his life.
A wake and funeral mass were held in Burgess, Va. A committal service will take place at the Saratoga National Cemetery May 7 at 3 p.m. Following the service, family and friends are invited to celebrate Bob’s life at the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Parish Building Fund, PO Box 65, Hague, VA 32469 or to Riverside Hospice Tappahannock, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.
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