2002-12-04 / Obituaries

James "O’Toole" Barry Jr.

James "O’Toole" Barry Jr.

James Thomas "O’Toole" Barry Jr., 75, a resident of Yorktown, died November 20, 2002 of lung cancer at White Plains Hospital Center.

He was known as "O’Toole" to his family and friends and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Born in the Bronx, NY, on February 11, 1927, he was the son of James Thomas and Rose Scollan Barry.

In June 1957 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he married Patricia Ann Gensch.

Mr. Barry was a retired salesman who worked for Cargill Salt, National Laboratories, Sterling Drugs, Hygrade Meats, Rodway Food Services and Beachnut Baby Foods.

After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II at the age of 17 and served as quartermaster from 1945-46 aboard the USS Antietam.

His love of seafaring had a great influence on his sons and three are officers in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was a member of the National Maritime Historical Society.

He received a bachelor of science degree in business from Seton Hall University in 1951.

He is survived by his daughter, Maura Barry-Boyle, of Nairobi, Kenya; five sons, Christopher of Yorktown Heights, Gene of Thailand, Jaime of Brooklyn, Kevin of Cold Spring, and Stephen of San Francisco; two brothers, John of Nanuet and Thomas of Georgetown, Texas; three sisters, Marie Scanlon of Cape Cod, Madeline Walsh of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Bettianne McNulty of Ridge, New York; daughter-in-law, Mary Pat Gorman-Barry of Cold Spring and son-in-law Eddie Boyle of Nairobi; eight grandsons, Daniel of California, Connor, Brendan and Mitchell of Thailand, Liam and Kevin of Cold Spring; Dylan of Nairobi and Jack of Northern California; numerous nieces and nephews; and his lifetime best friend, Robert "Wags" O’Boyle.

His wife, Patty Anne, predeceased him in 1998. He is also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Donald.

He was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak.

In his house, this quote from the writer William Hodding Carter hangs on the wall: "There are only two lasting bequests that we can give our children. One is roots, the other, wings." He successfully instilled these attributes in his six children. "O’Toole’s Sandbar," his legendary basement pub, was filled with artifacts from all over the world and was the focal point of many, many happy celebrations.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.

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