Memorial Service for Barry Birch
Barry Birch, cofounder of Birch Community Services (BCS), passed away on March 31st, 2015.
Barry served as the Executive Director of BCS for the first thirteen years and stayed on as a key volunteer after his “retirement” in 2005. Barry loved to see a spark of generosity result in blessing to families in need. He loved to drive BCS trucks to pick up product donations around the Northwest and most particularly loved the people he met in the process. He richly loved people with a compassionate and gentle spirit as he himself had been loved. Barry was a faithful steward of the BCS donation hotline for over two decades and could often be found praying for someone in the warehouse.
At the age of 40, Barry lost nearly everything as a result of selfish choices and addictive behavior. God placed special people in his life for that dark time and held him accountable and responsible to surrender his life to God and make better choices. Little did he know that this accountability and responsibility would become a business model for him and Suzanne eight years later when they received a bag of squished bread on their front porch and passed it on to three families who were facing a decision whether to feed their children or pay the electric bill. God uniquely matched their abilities with their responsibilities. You can learn more about the history of BCS.
A memorial service was held to honor Barry’s life on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 2:00pm at Mountainview Christian Church.
From the Oregonian Newspaper
The Birch family has established a Barry Birch Memorial Fund at Birch Community Services. Gifts to this memorial fund will be used for special one-time projects which strengthen the services provided to BCS families in need.