Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, on 6 December 1917
Died on Sunday 21 February 2016
He went to school in Liverpool and then to Ampleforth College. From the school he joined the monastic community and was professed as a Benedictine monk on 23 September 1939. Following studies at St Benet's Hall at the University of Oxford, Fr Barry returned to Ampleforth and became school librarian and Senior Classics Master. In January 1954 he became Housemaster of St Wilfrid's House and Deputy Head. Ten years later, in September 1964, he was appointed Headmaster of Ampleforth College by Abbot Basil Hume. He also became Chairman of the Headmasters' Conference, anl association of Heads of the world's leading independent schools.
He was Headmaster until January 1980. On 5 April 1984, Fr Patrick Barry was elected the sixth Abbot of Ampleforth. He was re-elected in 1992, and retired from office in March 1997.