Barry John Boricchio, born December 2, 1943 in San Francisco, California passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at his residence in Sonora, California. Cremation is planned and inurnment will be in the Columbarium at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Lyons-Bald Mountain Road, Sonora, California on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2 PM
Barry was a retired mechanical engineer but his skills, talents and artistic ability went far beyond that. He loved to tinker with many different projects. He always had something in the works on his workbench. He could fix anything or create a handy tool for getting a job done. He was a certified welder and he was proficient in the electrical, carpentry and automotive fields.
On his artistic side, he had a good eye for the camera. He created some wonderful pencil drawings that won him a 3rd place showing. He was a master at Bonsai. His creations were breathtaking and also won many awards in Bonsai shows.
He loved being outdoors riding around on his tractor tending to his plants, trees, vegetable garden and rose bushes. He had a green thumb for growing many things from seeds. He once grew a pumpkin that weighed in at 85 pounds! He had an uncanny connection to the wildlife on his property from deer, fox, rabbits, turkeys, and birds. He had a special friendship with a raven who came to see him daily. All wildlife felt comfortable around Barry.
But perhaps his proudest achievements were his United States Patent for a Dip Tube Loading/Unloading Apparatus and his full, frame up restoration of his classic pickup truck.
Barry would always be there for anyone who needed help. He was a very giving man. He was funny and made family and friends laugh with his many impersonations of made-up characters. His heart was big and his will was strong. He loved country music. He and his wife, Frances enjoyed living in Sonora in their modest house with a million-dollar view of the foothills.
Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home entrusted with Cremation and service arrangements.
- Date of Death: 06/29/2022
- Age: 78
- Residence: Sonora, CA