Barry, a Manhattan Beach resident for over 50 years, passed away on November 23, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers Disease.
Barry was born on January 23, 1936 in Johnstown, PA to Weaver L. Ott and Virginia (Pittenger) Ott. He was the oldest of three sons: John (deceased) and Stephen (Evonne) of Hagerstown, MD.
Barry grew up in Hagerstown, MD. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1953, and received his B.S. Degree from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 1957. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. After graduating, Barry served in the United States Army at Fort Louis, Washington from 1958 to 1960. After his service, he stayed on the west coast and relocated to San Francisco where he started his insurance career with Royal Globe Ins. Co., during which time he was transferred to New York City and finally, to Los Angeles. While in San Francisco, he met the love of his life, Barbara Vosnick.
Barry and Barbara were married in Manhattan Beach in 1963 and had three sons: Craig (Kristin Pohlmann), Dave (Molly Roe), and Christopher (deceased).
He was a commercial Insurance Broker for many large companies and architectural firms in Los Angeles. He worked as an Executive Vice President for R.W. Thom Insurance Agency in Beverly Hills for over forty years, and was President of Insurance Brokers of Southern California. He retired in 2011, with the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.
During their wonderful 56 years of marriage, Barry and Barbara enjoyed traveling to Europe and cruising the Caribbean. Their favorite place, however, was Maui, where they hosted family and friends a ttheir condo in Kaanapali for many years.
Barry is survived by his wife, Barbara, their sons Craig and Dave, the absolute love of his life, his only grandson, Kyler Craig, as well as his many nieces and nephews in Maryland and Oregon, and his life long friend from the age of three, Carl Smith, of Hagerstown.
Sadly, in his later life, Barry was one of 50 million people worldwide who has been inflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Silverado Senior Living in Redondo Beach for the gracious care they showed not only to Barry, but also to his family during his nearly 6 years at Silverado. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Janaury 25, 2020 at 10:00am at American Martyrs Church, with a reception to follow at O'Donnell Hall.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jan. 17, 2020.