I first met Barry Ricci at the Charlestown Town Hall chamber, many years ago, where he gave a status report of the Chariho School system. I found him to be well informed and a persuasive person. He had a vision, and an action plan, to make continuous improvements to the school system, and to meet the needs of students of every ability and interest. I have attended graduations at the Ryan Center and events at the high school, where I have been impressed with his influence on all aspects of the activity.
Just recently, I sat with Barry at a table for Thanksgiving Dinner served by the Culinary Arts students at the high school. His comments to the students and attendees during the program were thankful, encouraging and hopeful.
He has achieved many successes in his time as Chariho School System Superintendent, all which have been enumerated in other accolades.
Rather than repeat them here, I would like to describe Barry in the words of the French philosopher Henri Bergson and paraphrase him by saying, “Barry was a man of thought who knew how to take action, and a man of action who knew how to think”.
I wish to express my condolences to all of Barry’s family and say, rest in peace Barry.