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lass called Shirley. She captured his heart and soul and the rest is history. They married on the 1st November, 1986. In June 1988 they bought the “National” magazine from Frank and Joyce Nicholas, and although it was always “Shirley’s company” the fact is Barry mortgaged their house to buy it for her. Shirley left school in Year 10 going to business college and on to become a secretary. It was a measure of his faith in her that he believed she could be a successful Editor. In 1990, Shirley announced that Barry was going to be a father! A beautiful daughter was born – Madeleine. Well, my friend did not know how to handle this new experience in life. Was he going to admit to all his concern and inexperience? Not likely. It was a challenge to have a baby daughter at the age of 48 but I now found my friend to be a devoted father. Over many a quiet drink we discussed Madeleine’s future. Three years later Shirley and Barry were blessed with another child. His son David was to become Barry’s greatest joy in sharing the “boy things” in life such as trail bike riding and constructing and flying model aircraft. Barry sponsored children overseas, throughout his life, always mindful there are others less fortunate who need a helping hand. I have captured only a small cross - section of Barry’s life. As I stated earlier, Barry embraced life, family, friends and work. Barry made many friends throughout his life, many of whom travelled from long distances to share our celebration of Barry’s life today, as we say goodbye. To close, here are a few excepts from messages received as the news of Barry’s passing became known. ••• “I have always found Barry to be a man’s man. One with whom you could vehe- mently argue your point and yet, never be held at ransom for disagreeing with his ideals or thoughts on the matter. His ethics were strong and trust-worthy, as were his principles. Whilst I would never have had the audacity to call Barry a close personal friend, he was always welcoming, and one felt comfortable in his presence, and that always made you feel able to refer to him as a friend.” ••• “Some people called him the Marlborough Man, some called him John Wayne, but to me he was my Charles Bronson. Cool, calm and always collected – a real man’s man. I always found him to be very honest, passionate and a man of high integrity.” ••• “I have known Barry for many, many years but I only have come to know the real Barry in the last couple of years and I have been getting progressively closer to a bloke who I now admire and respect enormously. I will miss him, and our industry will miss him: Barry was a man who was willing to take the responsibility of making hard decisions on behalf of the industry and he did it without asking for help or blowing his own trumpet. He did this even though some in the industry were less than appreciative of his efforts; how foolish and ignorant they were. Please be assured that I for one know and am appreciative of his commitment and efforts on behalf of the industry.” ••• “As a sister of one of the employees in the warehouse, I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of Barry Naylor. On behalf of our family, I would like to send their thoughts and prayers to you and his family at this difficult time. Although I did not know him well, my brother has always been vocal about the generosity and goodness of Boss Barry. I did come to realise his great kindness and compassion toward his employees. I do know that he was very highly respected throughout his community and profession, and his good works changed the lives of many. We were very fortunate to have such a man as a model in our life. We have lost a great boss who doesn’t deserve any of this and no comfort is quite enough to replace the loss.” I THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, VOLUME 59 #2 2009 iii Although he became a father at 48 years of age, Barry took to it like a duck to water. Seen here with newborn David, and his big sister Maddy, 3 years.
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