Barry was born in Brisbane and went to Toowong State School, then to Indooroopilly State High School. After completing an electrical apprenticeship, he worked on various industrial sites such as Qld Alumina in Gladstone, Swanbank Power Station and Ford and Holden manufacturing plants in Brisbane. He then started his own electrical business which he ran from 1972 to 2000. During this time, he coached and judged gymnastics at State and National level, (coaching several State teams, State Champions and a National Representative). This led him to a second career as a Remedial Massage Therapist, massaging at a World Gymnastics, World Figure Skating and World Triathalon Championships and starting his own business in this field. His interest in computers started with a Commodore computer, then moving on to IBM compatibles, joining our club in 1993.
Married to Doris, he has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. His hobby is breeding zebra finches (taking out 2 National titles) and is now finding time to enjoy caravanning.