Edward James ‘Ed’ Barry, 91, remembered for his Irish wit and inviting smile

Edward James ‘Ed’ Barry

HAMPSTEAD — Edward James “Ed” Barry, 91, returned to his Lord Sunday, July 4, 2021, with his family present. He was born April 30, 1930, in Springfield Gardens, Long Island, New York, to the late William Barry and Eleanor Doran Barry.

Ed grew up in Springfield Gardens, New York, and worked for 40 years as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers in the New York metropolitan area. He was an active member for 31 years with the Albertson, New York, volunteer fire department; a leader for 25 years with the Boy Scouts of America in Williston Park, New York; and an active member for 15 years of the All Saints Catholic Church of Hampstead. Edward and his wife, Barbara Rose, raised their four children in Albertson, New York. In early 1993, they relocated to Hampstead, and in late 2018, moved to South Mills to be with family.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his four children and their families, including 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His home in Hampstead was called the “beach house” by his grandchildren and was always open to family and friends. He shared his love of reading, playing games, fixing almost anything, playing golf and riding bikes. He was a lifelong mentor, willing to lend a hand to family and friends alike. Above all, he had a twinkle in his eye and a hug for all.

Ed’s best friend and love of his life, Barbara Rose, preceded him in death March 2020. He is survived by their four children, Edward Jr., and his wife, Danielle, Jeanette, (husband, Danny – dec.), Marianne, and her husband, Eric, and Bob, and his wife, Kim. He is also survived by his brothers, Jack, Patrick; and sister, Eleanor Kiesewetter.

At a later date, Ed and Barbara will be memorialized with a celebration of their life at All Saints Church in Hampstead. He would like to be remembered by all for smiling, his Irish wit and love of being with his family. He told his family to use the following verse to remember him by, “Fill not your heart with sorrow but remember me with every tomorrow. Understand in your soul that as long as I have your love, I can live my life in your heart.”

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