|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1954|
Patrick Barry was the son of John Barry and Marie Tallent Barry. Marie was the niece of my paternal great-grandfather, John Daniel Harvey.
On January 30, 1954, the Barrys' home at 4741 Lancaster Avenue (directly across from Our Mother of Sorrows) was hit by a terrible fire. The first alarm sounded at 4:40 a.m.
Marie and John Barry (who worked at Link Belt Co., then located at 2045 West Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia), and four of their five children were killed.
The children who died were Marie, 17, a senior at West Catholic Girls' High School; Leo, 11, a sixth-grader at Our Mother of Sorrows School; Patrick, 6, a first-grader at OMOS; and Marjorie, the baby of the family, who was only four years old.
The only member of the family to escape the fire was 19-year-old John, Jr., who was at work at Linton's Restaurant at 52nd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Although severely burned, there was hope that young Patrick would recover, but he died the evening of the fire, January 30. Patrick's father, John, was the last to die, succumbing from his injuries on February 2.
The family's Requiem Mass was held at Our Mother of Sorrows. They were all interred at Old Cathedral Cemetery, right near their home.
The Evening Bulletin; Wednesday, February 3, 1954, Page 16:
BARRY - Suddenly, JOHN H., age 46; MARIE, age 44 (nee Tallent); also their children: MARIE, age 17; LEO, age 11; PATRICK, age 6, and MARJORIE, age 4, of 4741 Lancaster Avenue. Viewing will be private at The Gillespie Funeral Home, N.E. Cor. Greene & Logan sts., Germantown. Friends are invited to Solemn Mass of Requiem, Church of Our Mother or Sorrows, 48th & Lancaster avs. at 11 A. M. Friday. Interment Cathedral Cem.
Marie Tallent Barry (1909 - 1954)
John (Jack) Barry (1935 - 1997)*
Marie E. Barry (1937 - 1954)*
Leo Barry (1943 - 1954)*
Patrick Barry (1948 - 1954)
Marjorie (Margaret) Barry (1950 - 1954)*
Old Cathedral Cemetery
Plot: Sec. C, Range 1, Lot 41, Grvs. East & 2nd East
Created by: Terry C
Record added: Dec 12, 2004
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