In Loving Memory of Barry J. Powlishen

January 24, 1968
Hartford, CT
February 03, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Thursday, 3-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

February 07, 2019


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:00 p.m.


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 06824

February 09, 2019

Family Gathering


The Jimmy Fund

Barry J. Powlishen

Barry J. Powlishen, age 51, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Mindy Powlishen, passed away suddenly Sunday, February 3, 2019 while in the midst of playing one his favorite sports, hockey. Barry was born in Hartford, CT, the son of late Fred and Sadie (Edna) Powlishen. He received his BS and MBA degrees from the University of Connecticut, where he played on the golf team. He was an avid golfer, a member of the H. Smith Richardson Men’s Club, and a past member of the Fairfield Golf Commission. Barry loved to play golf wherever he could from coast to coast, and always looked forward to his golf trips to Ireland with his buddies. Barry also loved hockey and played at every chance he got. He played on the hockey club team at UConn and in various local leagues throughout southern CT. He became an avid boater and was proud to be a lousy fisherman. He, with the help of his friends, taught himself to play guitar. He was constantly hiking, skiing, biking, or spending time outdoors with his friends, family, and dogs. He never allowed a dull moment and lived his life to the fullest. He had an uncanny ability to find a friend in any and everyone. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved family and his wide circle of friends who will miss him dearly. In addition to his loving wife Mindy, Barry leaves behind two cherished daughters, Kelly Powlishen and Sarah Powlishen of Fairfield, his loving sister, Mary-Jo Powlishen Letsch and her husband Mark, his brother-in-law, John E. Shavinsky and his wife Lynn, his mother-in-law, Beverly Shavinsky, and his four nieces and nephews, Kaitlyn and Madison Letsch and Michael and Andrew Shavinsky. Friends and family may call Thursday, February 7th from 3-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Barry’s memory to The Jimmy Fund. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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48 Guestbook Entries for Barry J. Powlishen

  1. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Barry’s life is woven into the fabric of his loving family and friends. So glad I met you all those years ago and we became friends. Peace Be With You.

  2. Gone too soon but not forgotten. It was a pleasure being a friend in High School, and will never forget the days we spent on the course.
    You were a good one, save me a spot in your foursome up there!!

  3. So, sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Barry was a great man, I was lucky to have roomed with him for a couple of years in college (in the former site of Zeta Psi up next to the water towers). Lots of laughs, he was a kind hearted, easy going guy. He will be sorely missed.
    Love you Brother!

  4. So deeply sorry and sad about your loss, Mindy. I can only hope that you find solace in knowing that Barry had so many friends and a loving family who will always remember him as the generous and life loving person that he was. Estela, Paula and I remember well the many good times we had together and how generous Barry was with everyone around him.

  5. I remember Barry from the old East Hartford neighborhood waiting with his Mom for the kindergarten class to enter Langford School. May his Memory Be Eternal!

  6. A truly wonderful family man who welcomed you into his life with a smile. Boating was much more fun having you next to us at the dock. We will cherish your water adventures and love of Martha’s Vineyard.
    Mindy and family, may your memories of Barry live on in your hearts and the stories you share forever. Our sincere condolences.

  7. Mary-Jo and family, our strongest cobdolences and prayers sent to you all. May you cherish every memory with Barry. A life taken too young as he is an angel watching over you all for sure. Lots of love , strength and courage during this time.

  8. Mary-Jo and family, our strongest condolences and prayers sent to you all. May you cherish every memory with Barry A life taken too young as he is an angel watching over you all for sure. Lots of love , strength and courage during this time.

  9. Barry thoughts of you and your family at this sad time, you were a good guy with always a big smile,,,, you will be missed, Rest easy my friend ❤️

  10. Dear Mindy & Girls and Mary Jo & Family, my heart is breaking for you. I remember so many fun times going to the beach and whaler games with your whole family! You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God watch over you and bring peace to everyone.

  11. One of the absolute BEST PEOPLE — I have ever enjoyed being around ……On the Ice, on the Golf Course and just sharing stories in person looking at that unforgettable smile.
    I will always remember those moments and cherish them…prayers are with your family.

  12. No words can express everyones feelings on losing one of the great ones. Barry was a great family man and a true friend . Everyone that knew barry will miss him. We are going to miss him. I truly hope we can all show our love to the powlishen family. Rip

  13. Very sorry and sad to hear about the untimely loss of Barry. As the Athletic Director/Teacher at East Catholic, I remember him as a ice hockey player and golfer but more importantly as an outstanding individual with great values. He will be missed by all that knew him and for what he stood for as a person.
    May God bless his family!
    Tom Malin

  14. I had the pleasure of knowing Barry for almost 20 years. He was a good friend, great guy and excellent golfer. Always looked forward to hanging out with him both on and off the golf course. He will truly be missed by all. My prayers are with Mindy, Sarah, Kelly and the rest of the Powlishen family.

  15. It is with a heavy heart I say good bye to one of the nicest guys I have ever known. Barry was always smiling and happy whenever I ran into him. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Powlishen family. RIP

  16. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Barry. We played a lot of golf together during the Ellington Ridge member-guest over the years and there was no finer person or gentleman. All of us will miss him terribly.

  17. I am so very sorry to learn that one of the nicest men I ever worked with is gone and at such a young age. Barry loved sharing stories of his sporting adventures and he always talked glowingly of Mindy and his girls. The thing I remember most is he was always smiling and enjoying life. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

  18. I knew Barry’s Mom and Dad and I also babysat for Barry and Mary Jo. I haven’t stayed in touch but reading about Barry’s professional (but more importantly personal) accomplishments. He looks like he left a wonderful legacy. So sorry to all the Powlishens for your loss.

  19. Mindy,Kelly,and Sarah,
    We were shocked and saddened to here of Barry’s Passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great guy and will be rembered forever by the beautiful legacy he has left behind .

  20. Mindy and girls, I have such great memories of Barry and your beautiful family. He always made me feel like part of the family whenever I was woth him. He was a very special man. Sending you much love right now.

  21. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss Mindy. We are all so fond of you, kelly and Sarah. Barry was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Xoxo, maribeth, Andrew, Amanda, jenna and clare.

  22. Barry Powlishen, a Great Man, a Husband and a father!
    He always had positive energy when he is around people and always had a smile on his face I remember!
    Recently spoke to him last month when he stopped in to the studio and it was surprised visit.
    Very sorry for the loss for my former black belt student Sarah powlishen And her family. God Bless Sarah , Kelly Powlishen Mindy Shavinsky Powlishen -Master KJ-

  23. Mindy, Kelly and Sarah, so saddened to hear this news. You have my deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and strengthen you.

  24. I was so very sorry to hear about Barry’s untimely passing. I will always remember him as a great golfer and a special human being. A dear friend to all who were lucky enough to know him.

  25. I only had the opportunity to briefly meet and work with Barry, and he was so generous with his time and knowledge. You will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy, Sarah, Kelly and the rest of the Powlishen family. Several years ago, Barry coached our daughter, Maggie, on Sarah’s hockey team. We remember him as such a friendly, caring and inclusive guy. We are thinking of you!

  27. A really super guy is gone way too soon, always a joy to be around.
    Our golf trip to Ireland, I will cherish forever.

  28. Dear Powlishen Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Barry and I were hired at Experian around the same time and I got the chance to work with him on some of the accounts that I supported. We became very close colleagues in short time and I can attest to his “uncanny ability to find a friend in any and everyone”. He will be missed by all of us at Experian!

  29. Dear Powlishen Family,

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. ❤️

  30. Mindy and family: I’m so sorry for the terrible sorrow you are feeling and the loss of such a good man. But he is not lost, of course — just in a different place. I wish you strength from the memories of your time together and peace from knowing you can never truly be parted from those you hold dear. Everyone who knew Barry will be missing him with you.

  31. Dear Mindy and the Girls,
    My sincere condolences on the sudden loss of your Husband and adored Father. My thoughts and prayers are with your wonderful family during this saddened time.

  32. Dear Mindy, Kelly and Sarah, We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember having nice upbeat chats with your Dad and Husband when the kids were attending school dances and outside events. With sympathy, Maureen, Pete and Tommy Mackey

  33. Barry was a hockey coach for my daughter, Lizzi, at Wonderland several years ago. I remember him being so kind and friendly and Lizzi would always tell me he was her favorite coach. I am so sorry for your loss and wish Mindy, Sarah, Kelly and the entire family peace.

  34. Mindy and family, please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Barry. He was my “big brother” at Zeta Psi at UConn. Mindy and Barry took me under their wings and afforded me their friendship, love and kindness. For that I have always been grateful. I always thought it was ironic that my biological brother and Barry actually share the same birthday. Every year on the 24th of January, I’m reminded of all the great times we had together and how lucky I was to have known the both of you.

  35. Barry was a great teammate, hockey player, and man. He will be missed dearly from everyone in the CT hockey community. I’m glad I had the opportunity to get to know him and play with him over the years. My sincerest condolences.

  36. Mindy,

    I must have stared at this Guestbook page a dozen times; just so shocked and sad I didn’t know what to say.

    There aren’t many memories from the late 80’s or early 90’s that do not include Barry. He just never seemed to have a bad day, and you were always glad to have him around.

    Keeping in touch with people has never been one of my strong points, and I had made myself mental notes a few times this year to reach out. Just goes to show once again why you shouldn’t put these types of things off.

    So sorry for your loss; all the best.

  37. The Schramm family was deeply saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. We have many fond memories of him from the old soccer days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Our heartfelt condolences,
    Mike, Missy & Caitlin

  38. Dear Mindy,
    Drew, Step and I were so thrilled that you and Barry came to Drew’s wedding and we got to connect again after such a long time. W e are deeply saddened by your and Kelly and Sarah’s loss of Barry. All that knew him will mourn the loss of such a wonderful husband, father, bother, cousin, friend. You are in our hearts and thoughts and prayers. Mary-Jo I know that the loss of Barry is devastating to you and your family as well and you are in our hearts and prayers also.

  39. Dear Sarah, Kelly, Mindy, and family,
    Our hearts are breaking for you. Although we have known you all for a relatively shorter time than most, we have known Barry to be a joyfully happy light that was always around Wonderland of Ice supporting Sarah and his family. We will all miss him, but know he is there with you always. We are here for you. Our prayers and Love are with you all!!

  40. Very sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers.
    I was best friends with Barry during high school and played with him on the golf team.
    He will be missed.