Diane Barry

New York, New York


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At Ease With Her Life

Diane Barry loved growing up in Pompton Lakes, N.J., and dreamed about returning there someday, her cousin Maureen O'Keefe said. The families of Mrs. Barry and Miss O'Keefe lived in one big house, and the children would entertain themselves in the winter by baking potatoes over open fires, and in the summer by splashing in the town swimming hole "till our lips turned blue," Miss O'Keefe said.

When her cousin married Edmund Barry, she moved to Staten Island, raised three children and attended every Irish sing-along that came along. Mrs. Barry also taught first-graders every Sunday at the Holy Rosary School of Religion. During the week, she worked as an administrative assistant at Aon, the insurer.

On July 11, to celebrate her turning 60, family members treated her to lunch at Windows on the World. "It was a beautiful day, and you could see for miles," said Miss O'Keefe, who said the conversation turned to the 1993 bombing of the trade center. "I said, 'Oh my goodness, Diane. This building is so big. Aren't you afraid?"'

She said her cousin calmly replied, "I'm not afraid. When God is ready to take you, he'll take you. "

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Remembering you even tho I have never met you. Praying for your family today.

Hi Diane! I was asked to do a class project remembering 9/11 I was asked to do a report on someone form the wordl trade center and I found you.

Diane - this is from your cheerleading buddies from PLHS. Today Judy (Sieber) Bowne and I Sigi (Zecher) King, are remembering the good times we had at high school and especially cheerleading. What fun we had! Our hearts go out to your loved ones today. Happy Birthday, Diane, bless you and miss you.

Sigi King and Judy Bowne

I walked a mile for you (mile #138) on 1/18/13 as a dedication to your life.

Hi Dianne,
I was asked to write a report about a victim for my history class. I chose you because of the articles i read you were very understandable.
Your Friend,

To The Family,
Even though it's been 10 years since that tragic of 9/11, I extend my deepest condolences to you in the loss of your loved one.
Mr. Tery of NC

Dear Diane, I never met you in person but had the pleasure of talking with you because of business 4 days before 9/11. I remember the conversation well because you were so pleasant and helpful, I thought you had an amazing New York accent (I am from the west coast) and I couldn't believe I was talking to someone in the WTC as I was sitting in a tiny office in Sedro Woolley, WA. We both got a kick out of the difference.
Of course that next Tuesday was even more real and devastating...

Dear Diane,

I miss you and think of you often. Ten years have gone by since that terrible day on 9/11/01 when you were taken away from us and I remember it as if it was yesterday. Your family misses you so much and we will forever keep you in our hearts. Your loving little sister, Gina