1942 – 2016

BAYONNET POINT, Fla. — Barry Cordwell, 73, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Bayonnet Point Florida Medical Center with daughter, Nicole Van Loan, and girlfriend, Margaret Dutil, by his side.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1942, a son of R. Wilson and Millie (Morse) Cordwell. He was educated in Norway schools and graduated from Norway High School, Class of 1960. He was very proud to be a Ram alumnus.

Barry was well-known in the Norway-Paris area, first as a catcher on Norway Lil Mites baseball team and later as a star guard for Norway High School basketball teams; his picture often appeared in the local paper.

Shortly after graduation, he and his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Knee, were married on Sept. 2, 1960. He worked in the shoe shop and factories in the 1960s, both here and in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Upon moving back to Maine in 1969, he began working for LIUNA Labors International Union, Local 327, Augusta, a career he would fulfill and retire from with 30 years of service. Barry again came to be well-known by many and respected for his “no nonsense” and very hardworking kind of ethic.

He was an avid golfer and sports fan, but most of all he was a great father and wonderful, doting grandfather, always being there for his granddaughters’ sports and school events. Barry was a loyal and caring companion to Margie and he loved Florida. To be there with her in the sun one last time was his last wish. He will be sadly missed by many. We are thankful to God for a father so providing and caring.

Barry is survived by his son, Dwayne of Oxford; daughter, Nicole and husband, Richard Van Loan, of Casco; granddaughters, Shannon of Casco, Meghan of Providence, R.I.; brother, Steve Cordwell and wife, Stacia, of Oxford; a niece, nephews, cousins and in-laws; also his best friend and companion, Margie.

He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Suzanne; his parents; and his infant sister, Judy.

We’d like to thank all of the nurses, doctors and staff who provided excellent care in these last years.


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