not forgotten . . .

Barry C. Cann

Billerica, MA
22.Feb.1945 - 26.Aug.2009

Barry C. Cann, age 64, former Massachusetts resident, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009 in NY, after a short illness. He was born in Lowell, February 22, 1945, the son of Elsie (Williams) Cann of Dayton, Maine and the late Harry F. Cann. He was employed at the John Deere Company in Syracuse, NY. He grew up in Billerica and worked in construction and later as a builder and developer in both the Westford and Andover areas. He enjoyed flying single and multi-engine airplanes and working on classic cars. However, his greatest passion was when he raced super-modified cars at the Oswego Speedway in the 1970s and 80s. Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Michael Monteiro, of Dracut, his three grandchildren, Angela, Barry, and Brianna, all of Dracut, his sister, Janice (Cann) and her husband Eugene Geaumont of Dayton, Maine, and his two brothers, Richard Cann and his wife Joanne of Port Orange, FL and Allen Cann and his companion Carol of Haverhill. He also leaves behind longtime close friend and companion Janet Kapuscinski of NY, as well as many nieces and nephews.
  source... Burns Funeral Home, Billerica, MA

Barry Cann's first super at Star around 1967. Was Don McClaren's #30... Don claimed this car won 30 features in a row! Barry went from drag racing to this.

Barry Cann at Star Speedway, 1970. This is an Eddie Perkins chassis. Barry ran the '70 Classic with this car. Photo by Dick Berggren/LLoyd Burnham (official NESMRA photographers)

Oswego, June 6, 1970

Oswego, June 6, 1970

Barry, aboard the former Nolan Swift, '71 Classic winning machine, 1977.

Same Swifty car, 1978

August 28th 1978


Barry's new super being built at Showcar Engineering

Barry Cann in 1979 with his Show Car Engineering #66.

same car later that season, re-skinned.

see below

from the '79 Classic program

This car is a Super disguised as a sprint car. Barry intended to invade the 1978 Phoenix Copper Classic with it and made the long haul only to be outlawed! The racing that year was ultimately flooded out anyways.

another shot of the Phoenix car

5-14-05, tuning the motor

5-14-05, two Barrys (crew chief Barry Kingsley kneeling and owner Tom Bliss)

5-14-05, Barry and Dan's mom Jan watch as Danny gets ready to roll

7-2-05, Barry doesn't seem to care much for hi-jinx in the pits...

7-23-05, A brief shower just after the heats

Team picture, 2006 Classic. Crew chief Barry Cann is third from left.

August 12, 2006, Barry Cann and Josh Becker ponder early motor woes that we managed to get squared away

Barry happily greets Danny after a fine 5th place finish in the '06 Classic.

Barry and crew relax after the race.

2007, Danny got a ride in my cousin, Gary Trump's legend car for a summer series at Lowes Motor Speedway and Barry was right there to help.

Danny and Barry discuss issues with car...

My wife and I joined Jan, Barry and Danny on a visit to the Dale Earnhardt museum.

Quiet time in the Lowes garage.

Barry (far left) with the "old-timers". (2007)
Here is the full version of the image.

  • please links, stories or images so we can all remember Barry Cann.
  • Barry did not compete at Oswego on a regular basis. I have so far been unable to find any results from his more frequent racing adventures in New England...
    Barry is 264th in all-time Oswego points just behind Bob Cicconi and just ahead of Al Wood.
    He showed up three times in the Oswego season points: 1978-43rd, 1979-38th, 1980-34th
  • Classic finishes:
    1970: car #68 finished 36th
    1979: car #66 finished 19th
    1980: car #66 finished 30th

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