Rev. Dr. Barry Cass

Rev. Dr. Barry Ernest Cass

Sunday, May 4th, 1952 - Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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Reverend Dr. Barry Ernest Cass, 67, of Ellington, passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Born in Peterborough, NH, Barry lived in New Hampshire until 1989. While earning his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, Barry served as the interim minister in Deerfield, NH. He earned a Masters in Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School, graduating in 1979. Barry was ordained at the United Church of Penacook on May 4, 1980, serving as Pastor there for 13 years. He then moved to Somers, CT and became the Pastor at the Somers Congregational Church, eventually earning a Doctorate in Ministry at the Hartford Seminary in 1996. He recently retired in May of 2018 after 28 1/2 years serving the community, one of the longest tenures in the church's history. Barry faced one of his greatest challenges and achievements following the day the church burned to the ground on New Year's Day 2012. He united the congregation and the community in a time of sadness and need, and together, was able to rebuild the Somers Congregational Church gathering support from all over the world. He was "the rock" the congregation needed throughout the process and the Somers community will never forget his unwavering faith and comforting presence. He had an extraordinary sense of humor and was able to make all feel welcome and beloved by God.

Outside of his religious duties, Barry enjoyed working with Students Against Destructive Decisions and Somers Comes Together, was an avid photography buff, and enjoyed genealogy. Family was deeply important to Barry, he dedicated his retirement life to his grandchildren, never missed his Saturday night phone call with his mother, and was the life of family gatherings. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Barry is survived by two sons, Tyler Cass and his wife Suzanne of Enfield, Noah Cass and his wife Stacey of Somers, his mother, Natalie (Weston) Cass of Hancock, NH, two brothers, Michael Cass of Peterborough, NH, Neal Cass and his wife Alexandra Heatley of Hancock, NH, a sister, Cheryl Jessie and her husband Bob of Bennington, NH, five grandchildren, Weston, Sawyer, Theodore, Brody and Vera Cass. He also is survived by his former wife, Deborah Cass of Enfield and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Cass, and a grandson Chase Cass.

Visitation hours will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., Somers. Burial will be held at the church memorial garden at a later date. Donations in Barry's memory may be made to Somers Congregational Church, PO Box 295, Somers, CT 06071, or to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 6600 SW 92nd Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97223-7195. To leave online condolences, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Somers Funeral Home
    354 Main Street
    SOMERS, CT 06071
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Somers Congregational Church
    599 Main St Route 190
    Somers 06071
    Rev. Deborah Breault
  • Interment

    Somers Congregational Church Memorial Garden
    599 Main Street
    Somers 06071



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Wendy Peterson

Posted at 10:57am
It was mentioned several times during the funeral about Barry's sense of humor. I had attended a funeral at the church after it had been rebuilt. We were asked to go to the Memorial Garden. I went out the door everyone else did and found Pastor Barry standing by the elevator. I asked him if I knew where I was going meaning where is the memorial garden. He quipped, "That's the eternal question?" He chuckled and said, "Follow me." He shall be missed.

Donna mann

Posted at 04:23pm
I find it so difficult to put into words what a special person Barry was to my family. For so many years he was a solid force in guiding us through our troubled waters. He councelled us, prayed with us and was a great friend. Barry was and always will be Somers Congregational Church and my church home even tho we moved away 25 years ago. our wedding day the temperature soared to 102 and Barry was in full robes and began by apologizing that the furnace was t working properly! Church was always a source of comfort and a place I wanted to go to ---that was very much due to Barry. We extend our deepest sympathies to all the family and wish all peace

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Posted at 09:18am
With deepest sympathy, love, and remembrance. Barry will be in our hearts forever. Peace and love, Marcia, Andy, Zeke, and Lucy
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Peterborough High School (NH) Class Of 1970

Posted at 08:03am
With heartfelt condolences from the Peterborough High School (NH) Class of 1970.
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Carolyn Taylor Posted at 01:32pm

Barry will be missed by all of us who shared his high school and in my case elementary days. Carolyn (Hill) Taylor

Guy M. Hampson

Posted at 07:11am
Sincerest condolences to the Cass Family and with gratefulness of the life of Rev. Dr. Barry Ernest Cass.
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