NORWAY — Francis R.”Hi” Berry, 83, died on April 27, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Bethel, Sept. 24, 1926, to Ralph and Helen (Eldredge) Berry. He graduated from Gould Academy in 1944, and spent the next year and a half in the U.S. Air Force. In 1949, he graduated from Bates College and returned to the service, this time with the U.S. Army Airborne (paratroopers).
He taught school for many years, the majority spent teaching math and coaching various sports at Gould Academy, where the Senior Female Athlete Award is named in his honor. He is also a member of the Gould Academy Sports Hall of Fame. He owned and operated Lone Pine Campground in Newry from 1969 to 1995, where he met many wonderful people and acquired many lasting friendships. He loved to cut wood and spend time in his shop building pine furniture. Through the years, he built many homes for himself and family members.
In 1974, he was awarded the Bethel Area Chamber Henry H. Hastings Award. In later years, he enjoyed traveling the country in his motor home. He was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed hard work. In 1994, he built his own “field of dreams” (Freedom Field), that is now home of the Bethel Red Sox Little League Team.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary Lou Berry; his children, Denise Roderick and her husband, Larry, of Arizona, Marjorie Osgood and her husband, Jim, of Newry, David F. Berry and his companion, Robin Gilbert, of Bethel and E. Scott Berry and his wife, Rocky, of Newry; grandchildren, Jason and his wife, Sarah, Mandy Berry, Devon Berry, Erin (Osgood) Deprey and her husband, DJ, Wade Osgood, Shawna (Roderick) Chase and her husband, Peter, Heather Roderick and Elise and Nicole Berry; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Claire Cantrell; and Mary Lou’s children, Mary Lou Killelea, Rhonda Dalton, Robert Cole and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Pauline Graham Berry in 1955; his second wife of 32 years, Helen Conroy Berry in 1989; brother, H. Eldredge Berry; sisters, Vivian Violette, Verna Dyke, Marjorie Menzies and Glenyce Emery; and a special niece, Judith Costa.