CALAIS – Barry James Giles Jr., 37, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Calais Regional Hospital following a lifelong battle with Atrial Fibrillation. Barry was born in Bangor on Jan. 29, 1976, son of Barry Giles Sr. and Bonnie-Jo Nash. He graduated from Woodland High School, class of 1995, and earned his Associates degree in welding from Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor. Soon after graduating, Barry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was attending boot camp at Parris Island when he was diagnosed with a heart condition. Unable to continue his service due to his medical condition, Barry returned home and started to work as a welder, most recently for Woodland Machine Works. He was proud to have been involved with building the first tidal turbine in Eastport. Barry was a member of both the Boiler Makers Union and Iron Workers Union and enjoyed fishing, watching any Boston sports team, and riding his dirt bike and four wheeler. His most cherished memories were the times spent with this daughter, Morgan.
Surviving are his precious daughter, Morgan Leray Baker Giles of Brewer; his mother, Bonnie-Jo Cookson and her husband, Ross, of Calais; father, Barry Giles Sr. and his wife, Sheila Hall, of Southwest Harbor; two brothers, Brian Giles and his wife, Susan, of Alexander, and Joshua Robichaud of Rumford; two sisters, Crystal McCaslin and her companion, Patrick Cormier, of Alexander, and Becky McCaslin of West Enfield; a niece, Isabella; nephew, Zander; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Barry’s life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. After the service, an Irish Wake will be held at Townhouse Restaurant, Calais. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.