Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Barry Bleakley Sr., 78, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25 at his residence.

He was retired from Kaiser/C.I.I. after 30 years of service. He was a member of Men of Manresa, Knights of Columbus No. 3634, Sacred Heart Yard Boys, 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 (husband Brett) Ansel, Barry (wife Jodi) Bleakley Jr., Donnie (wife Debbie) Bleakley, Cliff (wife Caroline) Bleakley, Debra (husband Ron) Dallimore and Larry (wife Stephanie) Bleakley; sisters: Geraldine (husband Arnold) Labat, Deanna (husband Huey) Delaneuville and Bonnie (husband Jimmy) Raziano; 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.

A visitation was held Tuesday at H. C. Alexander Funeral Home in Norco and will continue today from 9-10:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Norco. A mass of Christian Burial will at the church at 11 a.m. with Fr. Terry Becnel as officiant. Bleakley will be buried 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 St., 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 and 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 to: