J ohn L. Barberis, 69, of Pershing Drive, Scotia, passed away on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Ellis Hospital.
John was born July 30, 1941, in Whitehall, son of Josephine and Ettore Barberis. He grew up in Whitehall, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1958. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He was director of utilities for New York State Office of General Services, Albany, for 40 years, retiring in 2003. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962 and U.S. Naval Reserves for 22 years, retiring as a senior chief petty officer.
John enjoyed spending holidays and summer vacations at the beach in Maryland with his family. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.
As his children were growing up, John as active in Boy Scouts, Little League and Babe Ruth in Scotia. John was also an active member of St. Joseph’s Church.
John was predeceased by his mother, Josephine, on Sept. 2, 2010; and his father, Ettore Barberis, in 1998.
John is survived by his wife, Beverly McMore, whom he married on Aug. 13, 1960; three children, Carla Barberis-Ryan of Rotterdam, Kevin (Kathy) Barberis of Duanesburg and Robert (Peggy) Barberis of Scotia; grandchildren Darya Ryan of Rotterdam, Zachery and Shane Barberis of Duanesburg, Dwayne Barberis of Washington, D.C., Katrina Hash (fiancé, and Eric Francis) of Scotia; brother-in-law Paul McMore of Glens Falls; and sister-in-law Karen McMore of Glens Falls.
Calling hours were held at St. Joseph’s Holy Family Hall on Feb. 1. Services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, First Street, Scotia, on Feb. 1.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish, 45 MacArthur Drive, Scotia, N.Y.