Barry W. Poirrier, 66
SEATTLE — Barry Wayne Poirrier, 66, of Seattle, died on Sept. 28, 2017, when the pickup truck he was driving left a winding road on the outskirts of Seattle. He died at the scene.
Barry was born at the Laconia Hospital on Aug. 30, 1951. He was the only son of Roger “Pete” Poirrier and Virginia “Ginny” Poirrier.
Barry grew up on Pearl Street just 80 feet from the third base line at Memorial Park. He spent the spring and summers of his youth and adolescence doing what he loved most, playing baseball with the dozens of other boys in the neighborhood. He became a very accomplished player and was always one of the first to be picked by team captains. Because of his size, speed and general all-around athleticism, this was also true of the rough-and-tumble tackle football games in the fall. It was the love of baseball, however, that stayed with him his entire life.
Barry was a member of the Laconia High School Class of 1969.
After graduation he began a lifelong career in the construction business. In the early 1970s he and Wendy Jones of Gilford married and had a son, Ryan. Eventually drywall construction became his career choice. He tired of the fluctuating economy of the late 1970s and early '80s in the Northeast and its immediate impact on the local construction business. Barry took his skills and strong work ethic learned from his father “Pete” and moved to the Seattle area where his career flourished. Pacific Construction Systems, a large general contractor company, saw Barry’s potential very quickly and trained him to become a supervisor. They were building high-rise structures in the Seattle and Tacoma downtown areas. As a supervisor Barry’s responsibilities were the oversight of all subcontractors involved in the interior construction and systems of these multimillion-dollar structures. Plumbers, electricians, painters, right down to the finish flooring people all worked under Barry’s supervision.
His co-workers fondly tell of Barry’s frustration with some of these contractors who seemed unwilling to perform to his expectations. Barry would invite them for an elevator ride to his office (he never had one). During these private elevator rides Barry would “explain” his expectations of everyone working on his jobs. Hence the nickname “Thumper,” a name adorned on the license plates of all the trucks he owned during his working years.
Thumper was well known in the downtown construction business. His company did many projects on the Microsoft campus during the 1980s and '90s. Bill Gates would not only request Barry’s supervision for these projects but the work at his home as well. Barry carried a security clearance that allowed him access anywhere on the Microsoft campus as well as the Gates property.
Barry’s love of baseball traveled with him to Seattle. He and some of his co-workers formed Fazio’s Softball Team. Fazio’s went on to win many state tournaments in the years that followed. Many years later this winning tradition continues with its new generation of players. Barry’s son Kasey is one of its pitchers.
During his time in Seattle Barry discovered the game of golf. Always the gifted athlete, he excelled at this sport as well. Despite his failing health he played golf until the day of his death.
In his final years his true love was his two grandchildren from his second marriage, Tatum and Kasey Junior “KJ.” They lived nearby and Barry loved spending as much time as possible with them.
On Oct. 7 a Celebration of Life was held at the West Seattle Golf Club where Barry was a cherished member. More thanr 300 people came and spoke of his generosity and genuine care for others. There was both laughter and tears. There was no doubt that Barry considered Seattle his home.
Barry is predeceased by his mother “Ginny;” his first wife, Wendy Jones; and his grandmother, Carolyn “Nana” Poirrier, who had the unfortunate task of watching over him during his childhood and early adolescent years. She was a very special lady.
Barry is survived by his father, “Pete” and his wife Jeri; his sister, Debbie Brickett; his second wife, Jennifer Annable; his sons Ryan and Kasey and Kasey’s wife Jessica; five grandchildren, Jane, Charlie, Paige, Tatum and Kasey Junior. His niece, Kim Freeman, had a special place in her heart for Barry. Over the years she often traveled to be with him and Jennifer. She attended his Celebration of Life with the hundreds of others who loved him dearly. He was one of a kind.