Michael P. Barry, age 68, of Tonawanda, died Saturday, May 16, 2020. Born May 10, 1952 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Leo and Phyllis (nee Laux) Barry. Michael was a self-employed contractor and business owner, and a licensed real estate broker. He was a member of the Niagara County Sportsmen's Association.
He was the husband of Linda (nee Brownjohn) Barry; father of Rebecca (Jason) Penny of San Antonio, Texas and Michael P. Barry, Jr. of Tonawanda; step-father of John (Cathy) Lettice of Eagle, Colorado; grandfather of Danielle, Cody, Hannah, Viviana, and Ryan; brother of Kathleen, Molly, and Timothy; and uncle of Sara.
Interment is being cared for privately at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo. A public Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials to the Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, 2505 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville, NY 14131, are preferred by the family.
If you met Michael Barry, you would never forget it. He stood out wherever he went: he was tall, strong, and he commanded your presence in a gentle and loving way. He was and remains ICONIC, bold, and unafraid of sharing wisdom with whomever crossed his path. Some found that wisdom hard to hear, but he was embraced by those that listened. Michael was the BEST storyteller: he could tell a story that would leave you hypnotized, and his tales would resonate with you long after they ended. A dutiful student of history, he relished in learning about the past to better serve the future. Michael Barry was his own boss: a self-made man from humble beginnings, an entrepreneur and proud resident of Tonawanda. He remodeled homes and worked on countless projects, from remodeling the home of the woman that would become his wife for the past forty years to building in the Cayman Islands with few resources.
With his wife, Linda, his most important work was to guide, love, and protect his children, Rebecca and Michael Barry, Jr. With his support, his children grew into adults whom he was endlessly proud of. He helped his son establish Mike Barry Motors, and saw that as a huge accomplishment of his life. His talents with understanding others were passed to his daughter, allowing her to help disabled children in ways other people aren't able. His grandchildren became the light of his life once they were born. He would often say that the best part of his life was being a grandparent to Ryan ("the man"), Vivi ("gimmethatpen"), and Hannah ("Hanny"). Ryan was his constant helper, and his favorite moments over the last fifteen years were spent visiting Hannah and Vivi in Texas, watching them grow.
Michael showed up for people without question. He would often remind us of the importance of time. He would tell you to pause, soak in the moment, and to realize it is the greatest gift you have been given. Those who love him remember him saying that, but moving through time without his uplifting, effortless laugh and steadfast support will be difficult. He would tell us "the harder something is, the better." He was the one who was good at those challenges however, but we will all strive to be like him in that way.
Mike's family would greatly appreciate if you could leave a personal remembrance of him; a story about how you knew him or something he did for you. What will you remember about Mike? With the pandemic, they are unable to gather with you in person to share these stories and special memories. Your words will help them through their grief. Thank you for taking time to honor the family's request. It is truly appreciated.
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