Berry Stainback

Berry Stainback SAUGERTIES- Berry Stainback, 77, passed away on March 21, 2014 of a sudden heart attack, in Saugerties. Berry was born April 12, 1935 in Richmond, Va., to his parents L. B. Stainback and Dorothy Elliot. In 1957 he married his wife Rita Hourigan, together they raised two children, Dawn and Deron. In 1959 he earned a degree in Journalism from NYU and went on to enjoy a successful career as an editor and writer. Berry worked as an editor at multiple magazines including: LIFE, SPORT, True, New Times. He wrote close to twenty books. Among these were NY Times Bestseller Snake; Joe, You Could Have Made Us Proud; Extra Innings; A Very Different Love Story; Pro Football Heroes of Today. He loved hearing about and writing people’s stories. Later in life he compiled an extensive film archive as he continued to explore the mysteries of the human condition. Berry loved sports and was an avid skier. Known as “The Duke of Lunch” during his heyday in the publishing industry, Berry continued to love to go out for cocktails, conversation and regional cuisine in his retired years. He will be missed. Berry is survived by his wife Rita Stainback; his daughter, Dawn Hoyte; grandchildren: Sean Rivera, Caitlin Rivera, Nyasa Hoyte, Chelsea Stainback, Henderson Hoyte, Courtney Stainback, Makinde Valdez; and two great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be privately held. Arrangements are under the direction of Buono Funeral Service, Inc. Please offer your condolences at

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Published in Daily Freeman on Mar. 25, 2014