BARRY THOMAS WHEATON

Barry Thomas Wheaton, 72, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct 16, 1940 in Lincoln, ME to Archie and MaryLynn Wheaton, their first born child. He attended schools in Norridgewock and Skowhegan, graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in education, and earned his master’s degree in school administration from UMO.

In 1967, Barry met his true love, Barbara Scott, whom he married on Feb 16, 1968. The couple moved  to Alexander in 1978 where they have resided ever since. He was a school teacher and principal for forty years. He also owned/operated his own sporting camps, was a Master Maine Guide, and a talented musician. He was passionate about trapping, hunting, fishing, guns, knife making, and the great outdoors. He enjoyed teaching hunting/trapping courses, writing articles, creating trapping videos, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Maine Trappers Assoc., National Trappers Assoc., the NRA, and Safari Club International.

Barry was predeceased by his father, Archie Joseph and sister, Bonnie Hoyt. Surviving to honor his memory are his mother, MaryLynn Wheaton of Norridgewock;  devoted wife Barbara; four daughters and one son, Robin Gagner of Hampden, Jill Moffitt and husband Jason of Holden, Elizabeth Padham and husband Don of Embden, Andrea Gagnon of Sidney, and Barry Wheaton II and wife Laurie of Grantville, GA; thirteen adored grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; three brothers and best friends, Gary and wife Sally of Norridgewock, Jonathan and wife Phyllis of Alexander, and Archie James and wife Debrah of Norridgewock; several very special nieces and nephews.

Barry was a wise, compassionate, talented man. He was an amazing teacher and mentor and has touched the lives of so many.  He will be missed dearly and lovingly remembered by all who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Please join us in celebrating Barry’s life at Peoples United Methodist Church, 20 Third Ave, Baileyville on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Maine Trappers Association, attention Linda  Bridges, 93 Arundel Rd., Kennebunkport, ME 04046.