Jay Lamar Newberry
1936 ∼ 2019
Jay L. Newberry, of Osterville MA, died on June 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife Jane Wendell Newberry and their three daughters Holly (Erik Funk), Joanna and Margaret (Will Barclay). A man before his time, Jay felt it was vital to raise his daughters to be strong, independent, and loving women. He also found great pleasure in his seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Jay was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1936. He went through the public schools in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, graduating from High School in 1954. He then went on to the University of Michigan graduating with a BA in 1958. Further education led to a Masters in Divinity in 1966 from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Newberry led a varied career serving in commercial and investment banking, the Episcopal Ministry, Oriental rug sales and appraisals, and in teaching both English and math. He coached football, hockey, tennis, soccer, cross country skiing and sailing.
In addition to his family, another great love was music. Beginning with the tuba in the fifth grade, he then played the trombone in high school dance bands. He went on to study piano, oboe and drums. In his retirement he played trombone, trumpet, cornet, drums and saxophone in Community Bands and Orchestra and a brass group.
Crafts were important to Jay. While doing an interim ministry in Nantucket, he learned how to make Nantucket baskets. For many years he made Victorian cross stitch pillows and wall hangings. He also knitted each daughter a sweater.
No calling hours or services are planned; a private celebration of Jay’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made in his honor to Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis MA, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA or the Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation which supports families and children facing congenital heart disease. The foundation also funds music therapy programs for inpatient children on the cardiac floor at Boston Children’s Hospital.