Barry Paul SolywodaBARRY PAUL SOLYWODA Barry Paul Solywoda of Honolulu Hawaii, 62, passed away on January 9, 2015. He lived an amazing life and left behind his loving wife, Pia, and his children Thomas, Louis and Mary Jean. Barry grew up in Red Hook, New York on a family farm with his seven siblings. He graduated from Red Hook High School where he still holds the school pole vault record. He was selected for inclusion in the 1973-1974 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for his outstanding leadership skills and decidedly above average academic achievements. Upon graduating from SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler New York, Barry received a 3rd Mates license and a commission as Ensign in the US Naval Reserves. He worked for Exxon Corporation for 16 years and sailed as captain during his last five. In 1990, Captain Solywoda moved from Florida to Hawaii and joined the Hawaii State Pilots. In 1997, he became Pilot 15 with the Hawaii Pilots Association and was fondly referred to as "the happy pilot" by the Japanese fishing community. Barry shall forever be known to his family and friends as Mr. Fix It. No project was too big or too small for his ability and attention. His craftsmanship and skills are evident in the beautiful family home he spent the last 16 years of his life building. Barry was predeceased by his father Benjamin Solywoda. He is survived by his wife and three children, mother Alice, brothers Thomas, Andrew, and Phillip, and sisters Lucille Horak (Jan), Donna Rodrigues (Augie), and Lois McGuire (John). Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life service on Friday, January 16, at Calvary by the Sea Church, 5539 Kalanianaole Hwy. Visitation from 5:00 p.m. followed by sunset service at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments to follow in the church courtyard. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Honolulu Waldorf High School (Earmark "Kitchen Renovation Project," one of Barry's unrealized commitments), or Angel Network Charities.
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