February 20, 2018

Obituaries

Wendell R. Barry

Wendell R. Barry

Wendell R. Barry, 86, passed away December 23, 2017 at Starr Farm Nursing Center after a long illness. He was born in Woodsville, NH on January 28, 1931, son of the late Ray Barry Sr. and Maefred Barry.

He married the former Betty Woodward on December 30, 1952. He was a member of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War.

He was also a member of the American Legion post No. 35 Cambridge for 49 years. Wendell was employed by Munson’s Earth Moving and Pizzagalli Construction Company before retiring in 1991.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Betty, son Michael Barry and wife Jennifer of Belvidere, daughter Belinda Thibault and husband Paul of Williston and daughter Lisa Farrell and husband Randy of Richmond, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, his two sisters Marietta Corse and Macy Flynn and her husband Richard, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Ray Barry Jr. and his wife Leoda, brother-in-law Dean Corse. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the the staff at Starr Farm Nursing Center. Per Wendell’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours or services held. Memorial contributions in Wendell’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting awrfh.com.

Timothy Comolli 

Timothy Doyle Comolli, beloved and legendary South Burlington High School educator, passed away on December 7, 2017, at his home in Williston.

He was 74. 

Mr. Comolli began his teaching career in South Burlington in 1965, and over the next 40 years built a reputation as an extraordinary teacher and visionary educator who introduced legions of South Burlington students to newly emerging technologies within the walls of the Imaging Lab, which he created and worked tirelessly to fund through grants, awards, business partnerships and donations.

Mr. Comolli’s ability to respect and understand the limitless potential of every student, coupled with his endless empathy and good humor for their individual life circumstances, ensured that his impact was very often life-changing.

This deep and abiding understanding of both the art and science of teaching allowed him to encourage and guide his students to discover, believe in, and pursue their own unique paths in life.

Tim brought over $2 million worth of equipment and resources to the South Burlington Imaging Lab, always with the intention of providing state-of-the-art opportunities for his students.

Tim attended schools in Montpelier, graduating from St. Michael’s High School in 1961. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Johnson State in 1965, followed by a master’s degree in communications from Norwich University in 1985.

While beginning his teaching career in South Burlington, Tim also continued what would be a lifelong passion for all forms of communication, from radio and theater to TV, and ultimately, electronic arts.

He worked as an announcer for a number of Vermont radio and TV stations, and brought this experience back to the classroom as he developed classes in public speaking and video production.

His dedication and commitment to excellence were rewarded in the plethora of teaching awards bestowed upon Tim over the years. Among the most prestigious were the Christa McAuliffe National Teaching Award in 2003,

National Technology Teacher of the Year Award (Technology and Learning magazine) in 1999, the NFIE Excellence in Education award in 1998. He was also one of the first recipients of a Bill Gates “Road Ahead” grant in 1995.

Outside of the classroom, Tim was an avid gardener who loved nothing more than to “play in the dirt.” Tim’s love of gardening was surpassed only by his love for his students and his friends.

A lasting tribute to this talent can be found in his creation of the South Burlington High School Memorial Garden, where every retiring teacher received a planting in their honor.

The garden is another manifestation of Tim’s nurturing and caring nature, and his ability to help all living things grow and flourish.

 Tim was born in Montpelier on May 26, 1943, the son of Americo Joseph Comolli and Mary Anne Doyle Comolli.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Claire Louise Forbes, a brother, Richard Comolli, and two nephews, David and Peter. He is survived by a nephew, Gordon Forbes, of Spencerville, New York.

Tim also leaves the legions of former students whose lives he has touched, and a vast family of friends who will miss him dearly.

A Celebration of Life was held December 30 at South Burlington High School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SBEA Timothy D. Comolli Scholarship Fund. Contact Joanne Abate at the Alumni Office, SBHS, 550 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.

 To send online condolences to his family, please visit cremationsocietycc.com.

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