Richard Barley
Richard Barley
Richard Barley

Obituary of Richard John Barley

Richard (Rich) John Barley was born to the late Richard David Barley and Mary Jeannine Beaver Barley Cole in Kingston, NY on May 7, 1950. After graduating from Marlboro Central High School, he studied design and drafting at SUNY Ulster, and then worked at Graphics Techniques, Inc, Hercules/Dyno Nobel, Sono-Tek, L. J. Gonzer Associates, and as a contractor. Years later, he worked for Fleet Libris Financial Services and Kingston Oil Supply Corporation (KOSCO). A true hippie, he loved the Catskills, nature, and even made the trek to Woodstock in Bethel, NY in 1969. However, he returned home a few days later, disappointed by the immense crowd. He hitchhiked and worked his way through Europe, relying on his thumb for transportation there and even when he came home, until he was 27 and got his license and first car. An avid music lover and collector, he possibly had every work the Apple label produced in his extensive collection. In his teens and early 20's he diligently recorded the weekly top charted songs and artists, and tracked the tunes that rose and fell in popularity. His musical preferences started with rock and roll, expanded to jazz, and also included many abstract and unique, lesser-known artists. He sidestepped mainstream convictions, but held strongly to his own beliefs. An artist, poet, and naturalist, Rich lived his adult life in a rustic cottage on the Hudson in West Park, proud that the homes on the property were hand-built by members of John Burroughs's family. Until recent years, he always had a dog at his side. As an avid genealogist, he devoted years to tracking and recording family birth, marriage, and death records, and visiting cemeteries for additional research on his ancestors. A creative Easter egg hunt hider, he delighted in finding unique places to hide the eggs, a tradition extended to his second-generation cousins into their teens. He is survived by his first cousins, families, and many other relatives: Susan Black- Aurigemma, Andrea Aurigemma Whittaker, Arthur Barley, Debra Barley Mahusky, George Barley, John Barley, Barbara Merryman Rolfe, Arthur Merryman, Betty Merryman Wagner, Kathy Merryman Cusumano, David Merryman, Patricia Merryman Riley, Patricia Wilson Haudaoui, numerous second cousins and friends. In passing, he will join his parents, Dick and Jeannine Barley, his sister, Darlene Barley Mott, Grandparents, Arthur and Agnes Barley, Grandparents John and Mary Beaver, Uncle Arthur Barley, Uncle George Barley, Aunt Alice Barley Merryman, Aunt Anne Barley Wilson, Aunt Shirley Beaver Aurigemma, and cousin Robert Merryman. He will be dearly missed by all his family, friends and loved ones. A graveside service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery on Saturday, May 7th at 1pm. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembering Richie by taking a walk or hike and enjoying all that nature has to offer, or by relaxing and listening to your favorite (or perhaps new) music. If making a donation in his name is of interest, please support either the John Burroughs Natural History Society or the Century House Historical Society (Widow Jane Mine).

Graveside Service

1:00 pm
Saturday, May 7, 2022
St. Mary's Cemetery
510 Lattintown Road
Marlboro, New York, United States
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