John Berrie Sr.

Obituary of John Berrie Sr.

John. A. Berrie Sr. passed away peacefully at Brightview Randolph on May 23 at 78 years old. He has left us all with many memories of laughter and love.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to John and Annie (Crossan) Berrie; he was an honorary veteran of the Royal Air Force. He came to the United States where he married his wife and raised his four children in Mt. Tabor.  John loved life and had many passions and hobbies. He loved being outdoors; from the greens on the golf course to the flowers in the garden. He was a great craftsman, with his specialty being wood carvings. John was most known for his striking voice. He went all over singing in England, Scotland, New York, and the folk group at St. Mary’s Church.  For many years, he sang the National Anthem at the STANY dinner in Manhattan.  His most famous song was the Mt. Tabor song that has been sung every Children’s Day since he wrote it.

Predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years Jean “Pat” Berrie, he leaves happy memories to his daughters Michelle (Jeff) Perry, Alexandra (Brian) Partington and Jeannine (Sean) Keith; son John Berrie Jr.; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Brianne, and Ayden and many other dear relatives and friends.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, May 26 from 4-8 pm at the Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Avenue, Denville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 27 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, 15 Myers Avenue, Denville. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, 225 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by way of www.inmemoryof-memorial.org.  Please leave a condolence or share a memory for the family.