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807 West Chestnut Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: 315-337-0055
Fax: 315-337-0160
Thomas Barry

Thomas A. "T-Bear" Barry

Sunday, March 15th, 1953 - Saturday, June 1st, 2019
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Thomas A. “T-Bear” Barry, age 66, of Rome, passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2019.

He was born March 15, 1953, in Rome, the son of the late Thomas A. and Anne Majka Barry. He graduated from Rome Catholic High School in 1971 and SUNY Oswego in 1975. Tom was united in marriage to the former Crystal Heisler on August 7, 1982, in the Church of the Transfiguration. He worked for over 38 years for (Niagara Mohawk) National Grid, retiring in 2015. He was a member of the Church of the Transfiguration and served as a lector.

Tom was an avid sports participant and enthusiast. He was President of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and served on the selection committee, President of the Michelle Adey Memorial Fund, Director of the Shamrock Shootout Basketball Tournament. Coached AYSO Soccer, RCH Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, RCH Baseball and RFA Boys Modified Basketball. He was always very active in Rome youth sports and an avid S.U. Basketball fan. He also was a member of the Lake Delta Yacht Club. Most importantly, Tom best loved watching any sports event with his family at his side.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Crystal; two daughters and a son in law, Kelly and Micah Yuzakewich of Rome, and Tricia Barry and her fiancée Zachary Johnson of Rome; two sisters and brothers in law, Mary Anne and James Kenny of Rome, and Rosemary and Rick Kukuk of Clifton Park; and a granddaughter, Sydney Yuzakewich.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Philip A. Hearn, will be held Wednesday at 10:30 AM, at the Church of the Transfiguration. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, on Tuesday from 3 to 7 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michelle Adey Memorial Fund or Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Barry Funeral Home
    807 W. Chestnut Street
    Rome, New York
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 10:30am
    Church Of The Transfiguration
    111 Ridge Street
    Rome, NY 13440
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    Father Philip A Hearn
  • Interment

    St. Peter's Cemetery
    E. Dominick Street
    Rome, NY 13440
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Linda Karsten

Posted at 09:18pm
So sorry for your loss and prayers to the family. I will always remember Tom at all the sporting events and basketball when my daughter played and when we worked on the program booklets together. He was a great guy and will be missed. ❤️❤️

Ken Metzger

Posted at 03:41pm
T-Bear was awesome to play for. He was such a steadying factor on the 1984 RCH Basketball Team. He definitely played an integral part in our success. But more than anything he was fun to talk to and be around. We always knew he really cared about his players. My deepest sympathies to all the family during this difficult time.

Marianne Guarendi Vero

Posted at 12:36pm
Crystal, Tricia, and Kelly,
I am deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Tom was my favorite friend of Bob's for many reasons. He was always so kind and happy and wonderful to be around. I will never forget his smile and being Best Man at our wedding. He was caring and good to many people. Both of you were always wonderful hosts when I would visit your home many years ago and I have never forgotten our good times. I wish I could have seen you both. Your family is beautiful and I'm so sorry you have to go through this, Crystal and Girls. You have been on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers every day since Tom has passed. I know he will be missed beyond words. May God bless you, fill you with peace and love and hold you in His arms.
Marianne Vero

Julie Ann Racino

Posted at 07:07pm
"We remember Tom Barry in his youth at Rome Catholic High School and the years we shared together there as we grew into adulthood. We were pleased that our class was about to reach its 50th reunion in 2021 and will miss his early leaving from this earth. Our condolences to Tom Barry's family (and remembering his parents), to our Catholic community, to the youth sports, and to the city of Rome. Our prayers are with him and may he rest in peace until we join him in the afterlife. Amen. " Julie Ann Racino, RCH-Rome Catholic High School, Class of 1971

Kristen Genello Kelley

Posted at 11:14am
Kelly and Tricia, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember your dad being on the side lines at our games. He will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. Kristen Genello Kelley

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