ALEXANDER -- Barry Thomas Wheaton, 72, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Lincoln, 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 the University of Maine in Orono.
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 40 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 Association, National Trappers Association, 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.; 13 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; and 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 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Peoples United Methodist Church, 20 Third Ave., Baileyville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Maine Trappers Association, attention Linda Bridges, 93 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.