LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Barry B. Foster, distin- guished citizen and devoted member of his community WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great State of New York; and WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that this Legislative Body records the passing of Barry B. Foster, of Livingston, New York, on April 19, 2013, at the age of 70; and WHEREAS, Barry B. Foster was born on May 11, 1942, in Liberty, New York, the son of the late Arnold and Joan Foster; and WHEREAS, After graduating from Livingston Manor High School, where he was a star basketball player, Barry B. Foster served his country honor- ably as a member of the United States Army from 1963 until 1965; he then graduated from Emporia State University with both a bachelor's and a master's degree; and WHEREAS, This esteemed man then began a long and influential career as an educator in both Sullivan and Orange counties; he taught high school English in Livingston Manor, Delaware Valley, Hancock and Fallsburg schools; furthermore, he became assistant principal and later principal in the Pine Bush School District, before retiring as Principal of Falls- burg High School, in 1997; and WHEREAS, Throughout his brilliant career as an educator, Barry B. Foster displayed an infectious sense of humor and intense love of teach- ing; he guided and mentored countless young students and teachers during his tenure; and WHEREAS, Barry B. Foster was also a highly respected coach, leading many successful teams in numerous sports including men's and women's basketball, cross country, and swimming; he inspired his players to work hard and to always give their best; and WHEREAS, A talented businessman as well as an avid sports enthusiast, he opened the store, Hot Corner Sports Collectibles, after his retire- ment, running it for ten years; and WHEREAS, A member of numerous civic and professional organizations, Barry B. Foster served as president of the Livingston Manor Central School Board of Education, as well as the president and assistant direc- tor of the Livingston Manor Rotary Club; in addition he was a member and master of the Livingston Manor F&A Masons Lodge #791; and WHEREAS, Truly epitomizing his belief in "Service Above Self," Barry B. Foster also gave of his time and energies as board member for the Roscoe Nursing Home, the Shandalee Music Festival, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Livingston Manor Renaissance; and WHEREAS, Barry B. Foster distinguished himself in his profession and by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of his community; his determination and commitment to his work, inspired generations of students, as well as all who knew him; and WHEREAS, He will be long remembered for his kindness and sense of humor, positive outlook, and deep love for teaching, sports, his home- town, most of all his family; and WHEREAS, In addition to his parents, Barry B. Foster is predeceased by his sister, Nancy Jane Foster; he is survived by his loving wife, Diane; and his two sons, Ryan (Claudia) and Corey Sims (Kirsten); as well as his three grandchildren, Ayla, Arley and Sorin; and WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit, imbued with a sense of compassion, and remembered by a loving family, Barry B. Foster leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to mourn the death of Barry B. Foster, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran- smitted to the family of Barry B. Foster.