LAKE PLACID €" John D. "Jack" Barry, 83, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the Adirondack Medical Center after a long illness.

Born in Lake Placid on Aug. 25, 1923, he was the son of William and Harriet (Haskins) Barry.

He attended Lake Placid schools and graduated in 1942. He received the Alumni Award at graduation. Jack then entered the U.S. Army, earned the rank of corporal and served in the European Theater in World War II, including the Battle of the Rhine.

On July 2, 1943, Jack married Kathryn B. Sears at St. Agnes Church.

Barry devoted his life to making Lake Placid a better place and over a lifetime of community service, he was den master of the local Boy Scouts, a founder and past president of the Lake Placid Pee Wee Association; he helped develop and maintain the American Legion Post 326 drum and bugle corps; he volunteered with the Sons of the American Legion color guard and as a Lake Placid Ski Club volunteer. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus.

He was a founding member of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee and served as assistant ice hockey chairman. He oversaw the workings of the 1980 Olympic tournament.

He was a member of the village board for nearly 30 years, having served as a trustee, deputy mayor and commissioner of most village departments. He was instrumental in the refurbishment of Mill Pond and its dam and was also key in rebuilding the McKinley Street and Hillcrest Avenue playgrounds, as well as the village beach.

Barry was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 1993.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Brenda D. Moscatello and her husband James of Lake Placid and Debra K. Dukett and husband Peter of Saranac Lake; a brother, William Barry; a sister, Veronica "Bonnie" Miller; 12 grandchildren, Tracy Barry, Marjorie Hough, Bruce Barry Jr., Mark Barry, Daniel Barry, Emily Barry, Elizabeth Barry, Juliana Ogden, Kirsten Armstrong, James Moscatello, Callie Dukett and John Dukett; and six great-grandchildren, Kerrina, Cameron, Cody, Hannah, Isabella and Jack. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews; and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Bruce Daniel Barry.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the M.B. Clark Funeral Home with an American Legion prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a Bible vigil service at 7:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at St. Agnes Church. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery.

The Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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