Steven James Barry, 58, of Forest Hills, N.Y., died on Sunday, July 17, 2016, after a long battle with leukemia. He grew up in Skaneateles and graduated from Skaneateles High School and Manhattan College, following in the footsteps of his father who graduated from Manhattan. He was an administrative staff analyst and the deputy director of human resources for the Department of Environmental Protection in New York City for many years where he was an avid theater-goer and an active counselor for AA where he served as a counselor and mentor for 26 years.
He is survived by his mother, Mary P. Moody of Lancaster, PA, a long time resident of Skaneateles, his sister, Mary Ellen (Barry) Yates of Auburn, and three brothers, John Barry of Conifer, CO, Michael Barry of Floral Park, N.Y. and David Barry of Lancaster, PA. He is predeceased by his father, John J. Barr, who passed away in 1971.
A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at St. Mary’s Lake in Skaneateles, followed by a burial in St. Mary’s cemetery. Steven was an avid animal lover, so friends who wish to may contribute to the SPCA in his memory. He was a kind and compassionate man who gave of himself generously and will be sorely missed by his many friends.