George W. Berry, a retired Internal Revenue Service official who was an avid sports fan, died Oct. 7 of gastric cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 79.
George Wayne Berry — he never used his first name — was born in Randallstown and after his parents divorced, he moved to Sparrows Point, where he lived with his mother and grandmother.
After graduating in 1952 from Sparrows Point High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mr. Berry began his IRS career in the late 1950s. At the time of his 1993 retirement, he was chief of review at the IRS office in Baltimore.
In 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Rosemary Jenkins.
The couple were world travelers and had visited Europe, including England, Scotland and Ireland.
A former longtime resident of Carrollton Avenue in Ruxton, Mr. Berry moved in 2012 to the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Berry had been a member of the L'Hirondelle Club, where he had served on its board and many committees. He also enjoyed bowling.
He was an avid Terps basketball fan. Each year he traveled with his son, Paul A. Berry, a Las Vegas hotel executive, to the opening round of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament.
Mr. Berry had been an active communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where had served on the vestry, ushered and was a lay reader.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at his church, Carrollton and Boyce avenues.
In addition to his wife, a retired Baltimore County educator who taught at Dundalk and Warren elementary schools, and his son, Mr. Berry is survived by two granddaughters.
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