Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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Barry Newsom #2987, retired Seattle Police Patrol Officer, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 73 years of age.  Barry was hired on October 23, 1968 and retired on March 10, 1981.

Born May 14,1948, in Bremerton, WA, Barry and his parents, Alfredo Z. Newsom and Mary (Golden) Newsom traveled to Kodiak, Alaska then Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and finally settled in Seattle, WA when his father retired from the Navy.

A1966 graduate of Nathan Hale High School, Barry went on to serve four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He then joined the Seattle Police Department as a cadet and became one of SPD's first canine officers. During his career, Barry completed a law enforcement degree at North Seattle Community College and appeared in the John Wayne movie McQ.

After his police career, Barry became an insurance and investment adviser with Prudential Insurance. It was there that he met his future wife, Valerie. Barry then went back to school at South Seattle Community College for welding certification and to work for Ederer Inc., a crane manufacturer. He also started his own business, Securex Legal Video, and then completed the last 18 years of his working career as a tribal gaming agent for the Swinomish Casino.

A member of Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts and Washington Vintage Motorcyclists, Barry enjoyed his Ural and BMW motorcycles and sidecar combo, attending and assisting in many WVM club events throughout the years.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David and sister Cheryl (Wopperer). He is survived by his wife Valerie, his sons Barry Gordon and David, his brother Wayne, his sister Dorothy Jo (Kroll), and numerous nieces and nephews.