Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 27 / 2 July 2015
 
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Barry Patrick Swyers

OBITUARIES


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March 17, 1949 – April 28, 2015

After a brave and inspiring battle against brain cancer, Barry Patrick Swyers left this world to join the gods and goddesses of another. Barry's creative mind was influenced by the sailors entering the Port of New Orleans as a child, and the iconic surf life burgeoning in San Diego where he lived as a teenager.

After moving to San Francisco, Barry met his lifelong partner, Jerry Walker, in 1971. Barry and Jerry loved and took care of each other for 40 years. Their home on Castro Street entertained and supported countless gay artists over the decades.

Barry left San Francisco briefly to attend Parsons School of Design in New York City, graduating in 1984. His creative vision enlivened the world of his friends and enriched his community. Barry was most recently acclaimed for his intricate and thought-provoking works of paper, presented at a solo show through ACT in San Francisco in 2004.

Barry's spirit will be missed but never far from the Castro and the city that he loved. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry's memory may be made to the Parsons Scholars Program or the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. For more information, please contact mailto:lhodges@ucdavis.edu.




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They must be no longer than 200 words. Please follow normal rules of capitalization and no poetry. We reserve the right to edit for style, clarity, grammar, and taste. Please provide the name and contact information for the funeral home, crematory, or organ donation agency that handled final disposition of the body. This is for verification. Please submit a photo of the deceased. E-mail a recent color jpg. Deadline for obituaries is Monday at 9 a.m., with the exception of special display ad obituaries, which must be submitted by Friday at 3 p.m. For information on paid obituaries, call (415) 861-5019. Obituaries can be mailed to Bay Area Reporter, 395 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Write the deceased's name on the back of the photo. If you include a SASE for the photo's return, write the person's name on the inside of the envelope flap. All obituaries must include a contact name and daytime phone number. They must be submitted within a year of the death.

For archived obituaries, go to www.glbthistory.org/obituaries






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