Nov. 1, 1974 - July 9, 2013
John Joseph Barry III of North Buffalo, a contractor, property manager and contributing member of Orchard Park High Schools’ 1991 state championship boys volleyball team, died Tuesday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a battle with leukemia. He was 38.
Mr. Barry grew up in Orchard Park schools, where he was a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and baseball.
Before his high school athletic career, Mr. Barry spent many summers playing for his father in the Orchard Park Little League, family members said.
Mr. Barry went on to graduate from West Virginia University and returned to Buffalo Niagara, moving to North Buffalo, where he started his career as a contractor and property manager.
Known as “Johnny,” “Junior,” or “JB,” Mr. Barry was known for his “work ethic, sense of humor and strength,” according to family members. He kept in daily touch with his parents and was likewise close with his three siblings, they said.
Mr. Barry enjoyed vacationing with family in the Adirondack region as well as at a summer home belonging to him and his wife in Canada.
Survivors include his wife, the former Molly Roller; three sons, John, Samuel and Benjamin; a daughter, Anna, 8; two sisters, Trista Barry and Laura Lester; a brother, Christopher Barry; and his parents, John and Deb Barry.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave.