Barry Bleakley Sr., 78, passed away on Dec. 25, 2010 at his residence.
He was retired from Kaiser/C.I.I. after 30 years of service, a member of Men of Manresa, Knights of Columbus #3634, Sacred Heart Yard Boys, and the Spillway R/C Club and an usher at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. He was the recipient of the Order of St. Louis Award and a quarterback for the University of Arizona.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marguerite Millet Bleakley, six children: Margo Ansel (husband Brett), Barry Bleakley Jr. (wife Jodi), Donnie Bleakley (wife Debbie), Cliff Bleakley (wife Caroline), Debra Dallimore (husband Ron) and Larry Bleakley (wife Stephanie); sisters: Geraldine Labat (husband Arnold), Deanna Delaneuville (husband Huey) and Bonnie Raziano (husband Jimmy); 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Bleakley and Arthemise Bourgeois, brothers, Donald and Larry Bleakley, sister, Sylvia Bleakley, and great-granddaughter, Hannah Ansel.
Visitation was held on Dec. 28 at H. C. Alexander Funeral Home in Norco and on Dec. 29 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Norco. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Fr. Terry Becnel officiating. Burial followed in St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum in Destrehan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 401 Spruce Street, Norco, La. 70079.
Barry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was the very best “handy-man” and fixed all that we challenged him with. His passion for model airplane building and flying was second to none, only surpassed by his passion for the Lord and his family. His athletic prowess is still discussed in River Region circles, helping DHS to an early state football championship, both in terms of sportsmanship and ability. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. Family and friends are invited to send their condolences at www.hcalexanderfuneralhome.com.