Barry E. Magee, 71, of Middletown died peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at Newport Hospital.
Born on January 23, 1945 in Saranac Lake, NY, he was the son of the late Glenn and Josephine (Marello) Magee.
Barry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam War, with tours in Italy and Iceland as well. He retired after 23 years with the rank of Senior Master Chief. His last tour was in charge of the brig at the Newport Naval Station. After his dedicated service he began his career as a police officer with the Newport Police Department for 21 years and continued his passion for law enforcement serving 6 more years working proudly and diligently with the Retired Officer Corps. During his career in Newport, he completed his Bachelor’ Degree at Salve Regina University in 1988, and earned his Master’s in Administration of Justice in May 1990. Barry was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and photography, sharing his wealth of knowledge of politics and world history. He was a previous member of the Elks Lodge. Barry was always willing to help others but always in “Barry fashion”, always under the radar. If Barry “returned your call, you knew he liked you.”
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Stephen T. Reynolds of Ypsilanti, MI, Stephanie Reynolds-Segard of Gabriels, NY, Curtis A. Reynolds of Lake Clear, NY, Angela M. Reynolds also of Lake Clear, NY, Robyn J. McClatchie of Vermontville, NY, and the “Loves” of his life, his four legged “kids”; and many longtime friends and extended family members, Eileen Fanning of Saranac Lake, NY, and Kevin, Bob, Russell, and Kenny.
He was predeceased by his sister Roslyn C. Reynolds, his brother-in-law Charles S. Reynolds and his nephews, Mark J. Reynolds and Walter S. Reynolds.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 1:00pm in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. Burial will be private.
An additional memorial service will take place in Saranac Lake, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations, in his memory may be made to the Robert Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI 02840, or to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Hospital, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115.