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Arthur J. “Pete” Barry III 1935-2015

Pete Barry, one of the last founding members of the Sandanona Beagles, died on April 16. Pete joined the pack when he was 13 years old, along with his father Art Barry, in 1948.  Pete was educated by Millbrook’s legendary school mistress Susan Sacket at the one room Mabbettsville school house on Route 44.  He then attended Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. He would often remark that Avon was such a fine school that it could educate both a communist like Pete Seeger and a Republican like Pete Barry and have both Petes turn out okay. Pete loved hunting with the Sandanona and was often accompanied by his three sons. For many years they rarely missed a Sunday afternoon’s sport. In later years, unable to hunt and with his eyesight dimming, his wife Mary would read him Betsy Park’s accounts of the hunts just past. Pete, knowing the countryside well, could follow the hunts in his mind’s eye and derived great pleasure from this. Pete was large in size and heart. His grin was infectious and his friendship, genuinely and fully given, was prized by all who met him. He will be missed by all who knew him. Pete is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary (McShea) Barry; sons, John Arthur Barry IV, James (Colleen) Barry, Michael (Renee) Barry; granddaughter, Stephanie; brother, Michael Rosenthal; sister, Linda Rosenthal; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday April 23rd at 10:00 in St. Marianne Cope Parish, 2061 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY at 10:00 AM.