My Dad Barry Sweeny

Thank you to all my loved ones who have been opening up to support me and my family as my father has passed away this week. I love my mom’s friends and church folks who are there to talk with my mom and bring us food and the like. Thank you. Its like a bad dream but it is real. My family and I are just really sad. We loved my dad so much.

The video I created for my Dad’s visitation is here.

My Dad’s Obituary is on Hultgren Funeral Home’s website which reads:

Barry Sweeny

We will miss you so much.

(June 23, 1945 – March 6, 2012)

Barry Sweeny, age 66, a resident of Wheaton, IL for 32 years, died at 10:30am on March 6, 2012, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL from complications following chemo treatment for leukemia. He was born on June 23, 1945 in Joliet, IL.

Barry graduated from N. Ill. Univ. with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in art education. He received a master’s degree in sculpture and pursued a PhD in Educational Administration. He was a man with many interests. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and reveling in the beauty of our country. He loved his family deeply and loved to spend time with his mother, children and grandchildren. His interests included painting, building model train sets, genealogy and stamp collecting. He was an award-winning classroom teacher for 22 years and particularly loved teaching art and science at Franklin Middle School, Wheaton. He gained great satisfaction from helping new teachers through his consulting/mentoring business and authored 8 books on teacher mentoring. He was well known as a director of the International Mentoring Association for four years, served in 2003-2004 as the part time IMA Executive Director and was also awarded IMA Director Emeritus status.

He is survived by his beloved family who brought him great joy: Marilyn Sweeny to whom he was married for 44 years; his mother, Agnes Sweeny, living in Carol Stream; his son, Matt Sweeny and his daughter, Beckie Sweeny, both from Dodgeville, WI; 5 grandchildren; his brother, Mark Sweeny and two nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton, IL. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Ellyn Covenant Church, 277 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to Glen Ellyn Covenant Church.

Here is the photo that we have requested be used in the Memorial service at GE Cov church.

Water Color by Barry Sweeny

Here is a link to his “The HeART Longing Gallery” which is a deeper collection of my dad’s artwork from before 2011.


3 thoughts on “My Dad Barry Sweeny

    1. Hi! Matt
      I just heard about your Dad’s passing this week from your Aunt Barbara (Mark’s wife–Barb and I grew up in Fairbury, IL and have been best friends forever) and just now googled his name and found your video. How very, very beautiful! I met your Dad only once at Barb & Mark’s wedding but continued to hear about him and your family through the years from time to time when Barb and I had long phone confabs. What an accomplished individual he was professionally and personally! But the fact that he was such a loving person is what will stick in your heart forever, of course. I’m very sad that he is gone, and am selfishly sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know him. But I do know he must have been so proud of you. Clearly his artistic talents and kind heart were inherited … along with the red hair! Please pass along my condolences to your Mom and sister as well. I’m going to write Agnes a sympathy card when I get her address from Barb. Meanwhile, please give her a hug from me if you see her soon. She might remember me from a couple of visits we had in SoCalifornia many years ago.

      With love to all,
      Bridget (Weber)
      Portland, OR

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