J. Barry Pignoli, 72, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019, in Downingtown, PA. He is survived by his fiancée, Winnie Cooper, and his three children, Gioia Pezone (and husband, Michael), Nicole Pinoli-Otto (and husband, Stephen), and Jonathan Pinoli (and wife, Dana), as well as his nine grandchildren: Geoffrey, Nicolas, Elise, Jackson, Willow, Malick, Hart, Skye, and Simon. He also has one great granddaughter, MacKenzie.
Born in Norristown, PA, Barry was the son of John Anthony Pignoli and Madeline Mary (Sambrick). He graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School in 1965 and from Allentown College of St. Francis of de Sales in 1969. Barry earned his Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Neumann University in 2008. He also honorably served four years in the U.S. Air Force and two years in the Army National Guard. Barry grew up in Norristown, PA, but would spend the majority of his life in Chester County, PA.
Barry was the President and CEO of Legacy BioSolutions. He was previously the owner of a small business after working approximately 40 years as a Sales Executive for Sears, Siemens Medical Solutions, and McKesson Corporation.
Barry was an active and valuable member and lector at St. Peter Catholic Church in Coatesville, PA. He was a pillar of support to the St. Peter congregation through both his personal relationships and his leadership of small groups. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling, especially within the United States. He loved being on the road and being outside. His travels often took him out West. He twice led a church volunteer group to Crow Indian Reservation near Billings, Montana, for a week of charity work and fellowship. Barry’s love of history also recently took him to Paris with family and on a cruise down the Seine to visit World War II battlegrounds and beaches.
Despite four decades as an executive working in sales, Barry also loved working with his hands, whether it was conducting car repairs or working in his yard. He owned a Harley for years, riding with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Barry more recently became an active member of Cruisin’ Corvettes Chester County, building many friendships within the club over recent years.
After battling pancreatic cancer for three and a half years and scoring minor victories along the way, Barry leaves this world too early, but he is not forgotten. Barry shared many words of wisdom with his three children over the years, but one statement that resonates today is:
“Let your words
Be your legacy.”
Many can attest to his fulfilling this advice.
The funeral service, celebration of Barry’s legacy, and a luncheon will be held on Friday, November 29, at 11:00 am. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2835 Manor Rd, Coatesville, PA, where family and friends will be received from 10:15am-10:45am. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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