John Patrick Barry

John Patrick Barry, age 52, died on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Mr. Barry was a descendent of Commodore John Patrick Barry, who served in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution, and was acknowledged by President George Washington to be the "Father of the American Navy." Like his famous ancestor, John had a lifelong love of the sea. He was a 1978 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and was serving on the USMMA Sailing Foundation Board at the time of his death. After his graduation, he held leadership positions on commercial merchant ships, and in later life, spent his career at Enron and later Morgan Stanley. In private life, John was highly involved in Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC), where he served as commodore from 2004-2005. On his watch as commodore, he initiated two charity regattas benefiting the Family and Children's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation and introduced trap shooting to the club. An avid sailor, John served on the MBYC Race Committee, the Winter Frostbite Race Committee, and was Principal Race Officer for numerous club regattas. John was an active fisherman and on the board of the Greater NY Anglers Association. He also enjoyed hunting with his dog, Dolce, a Spinone Italiano. John is survived by his wife Nan, daughter Kelly, mother Joan, sisters Maura and Lisa, and brother Michael. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the USMMA Sailing Foundation, 300 Steamboat Rd., Kings Point, NY 11024. Logo
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