Resolution J4403-2013

Mourning the death of Barry B. Foster, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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.


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