William Henry Barr, III, 47, of Chagrin Falls passed away from a heart attack on January 18, 2022, while vacationing with his beloved wife and soulmate, Addy, in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Addy and William shared an uncommon love, making it almost impossible to see where one began and the other ended. They were truly connected to each other and generously shared their love with their family, friends, and strangers alike. They could always be seen walking their dogs Ivy and Gray around the village and collecting new friends along the way.
William had a strong mind, a quick wit, a big heart, a smile that lit up a room and was a long suffering Browns fan. An avid outdoorsman, he also loved spending time at their farm, entertaining friends and was constantly surprising his wife by bringing home new toys.
A natural born leader, he and his childhood friend Mike Strmac co-founded Universal Windows Direct. What started in a 300 square foot office became one of the largest privately held home improvement companies in the nation; recently merging with Great Day Improvements and Champion Windows. He was looking forward to continuing his business and civic ventures, especially with the The Unto Others Foundation, a family legacy foundation established by Addy and William.
William was loved, respected and admired by hundreds of long-time colleagues and employees, many of whom were loyal friends from high school. He was known as an incredible mentor who delighted in the success of others. He often said that the kindness he extended was given back to him ten-fold.
A 1992 graduate of Fairview High School, William was the recipient of countless awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40. William wrote a book entitled "Selling with Purpose" and was chosen to given a Ted-X talk. He served on the board of University Hospital Geauga and was honored by the many charities he and Addy generously supported.
William was the son of the late William and Patricia (Smith) Barr and is survived by his cherished wife Addy, in-laws Daniel and Gwen (Potts) Nash, sisters Amanda (James) Viles, Maggie Nash, Pam (Chris) Bundy, nieces Willow Nash, Emily Bundy, nephew Christopher Bundy and countless aunts, uncles, cousins and too many friends to count.
A Catholic mass will be held at 1 PM Saturday January 29, 2022 at St. Joan of Arc in Chagrin Falls and will also be streamed live at https://www.stjoanofarcchurch.org/ followed by a celebration of his life at The Federated Family Life Center in Bainbridge.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring William by contributing to The Unto Other Foundation.
Gifts can be made online at The Unto Others Foundation | Unto Others Foundation (Powered by Donorbox) https://donorbox.org/unto-others
or mailed to Keybank 30100 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 100S, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124, Attention:Michael Mendlovic.
Please visit his tribute page at https://www.forevermissed.com/william-henry-barriii/about to share a memory.
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