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Retiring head of Denver utility killed in Big Island tractor accident

Hamlet "Chips" Barry Hamlet "Chips" Barry

HONOKAA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The longtime head of Colorado's largest water utility died in an accident on his farm in Hawaii just weeks before his retirement. Denver Water said Monday that its 66-year-old manager Hamlet "Chips" Barry was killed early Sunday morning.

Around 7:45 AM Sunday, Big Island firefighters responded to reports of a man pinned underneath an overturned tractor on open land outside of Honokaa. They found Barry dead at the scene of the accident. Fire crews had to use airbags to extricate his body.

Barry was a graduate of Yale and served as director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources before taking the job as the chief of Denver Water in 1991. He was planning to retire at the end of May. Barry was married and had two sons.

Big Island police are investigating the accident.

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