Claire O'Brien Baynes Garry
1927 - 2017
Garry, Claire O'Brien Baynes LOUDONVILLE Claire Baynes Garry died peacefully July 14, 2017, at Albany Medical Center Hospital, having lived a full life filled with grace and love. Claire's beauty, humor, spirit, and resilience inspired all whose lives she touched. Born January 23, 1927, in Rochester, daughter of Dr. Arthur O'Brien and Frances Jones O'Brien. She married John Arthur Baynes in 1947, and together they raised 10 children in East Rochester. She completed her B.F.A. from Nazareth College in 1974 and was a certified interior designer. Her greatest joy was family; her eyes twinkling as she told stories late into the night. In addition to her parents and brother, Arthur; she was predeceased by her husband, John; sons, Michael (wife, Lucia; children, Sarah, Emily, Joshua, Patrick) and Brien; and daughter, Mary Grace Ryan (husband, Dan; children, John, Julia, Peter, Claire). In 1989, she married John T. "Jack" Garry II of Loudonville, who predeceased her in February, 2017. Survived by children Ann Baynes Coiro (husband, Paul Starr; children, Alec, Rhys, Claire) of Princeton, N.J., Matthew (wife, Kate; children Sean, Brian) of Eldridge, Md., John (wife, Patricia; children, Katherine, Andrew, Sheila) of East Rochester, Daniel (wife, Susan; children, Erin, Luke) of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Peter (wife, Eileen; children, Thea, Will, Jack) of Delmar, Brendan (wife, Patty; children, Brendan, Jeanne, Liam) of Loudonville, Christopher (wife, Kathleen; children, Emmett, Anna) of Albany; stepchildren, John Garry, Michael (Janet) Garry, Regina McCormick (Al), Maureen Torncello (Dave), Suzanne Darves-Bornoz (Daniel); and 13 great-grandchildren. Claire also embraced her role as grandmother and great-grandmother to her beloved Garry family grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also survived by siblings, Virginia Swanton, James (Louise) O'Brien and Sheila (Richard) Finewood. The family thanks caretakers Queenie Barnhill and Karen Lovrin for their loving care which enabled Claire to stay in the home she loved. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Jerome's Church, East Rochester. Burial in the Oakwood Cemetery, Penfield. Calling hours are Thursday, July 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen St., Albany. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Baynes Scholarship Fund at the Bill Cook Foundation, 3 Oak St., Geneseo, NY 14454. To leave a message for the family, light a candle, obtain directions or view other helpful services please visit

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Published by Albany Times Union from Jul. 18 to Jul. 19, 2017.
Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
McVeigh Funeral Home
208 North Allen Street, Albany, NY 12206
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jerome's Church
, East Rochester, New York
Funeral services provided by:
McVeigh Funeral Home
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To John and all of the family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Sending you prayers and loving thoughts, Suzanne and Roger Remington
Suzanne Remington
July 20, 2017
To the Baynes Family: I fondly remember visiting the Baynes home with Mary Grace when we were at St. Jerome School, and always being welcomed by your lovely mom. She was beautiful, inside and out. Sending prayers your way during this difficult time.
Mary Beauchamp
July 19, 2017
To all of Claire's Family: I am very sorry for your loss.
Mike McNulty
July 18, 2017
To all the Baynes family , my condolences. May the wonderful memories you have of her comfort you at this time.

Carol ( Paris) D'Annunzio
July 18, 2017
Remembering our times on West avenue. God bless her and the family!
Linda (Alfieri) Mudge
July 18, 2017
To all the Baynes Family....Words cannot ever convey to you how much your mom (and dad) meant to Freddy and me....those days years ago are being recalled so often, these past few days...
They both were sterling friends to us and we will miss them forever... Know that we love you and keep you all in our prayers ....

Fondly, Marilyn (Acquisto) Urzetta
July 18, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Baynes family in the loss of your mother. She raised a beautiful family.
Margaret Beauchamp
July 18, 2017
On behalf of Academy of the Holy Names, please accept our heartfelt sympathy during this time of sorrow and loss. Claire shall remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Susan Tobin, Director of Development
July 18, 2017
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

The Conboy & Bender Family
Jeanne Bender
July 18, 2017
prayers for all Aunt Claire always had a smile on her face and loving arms giving to all cathy swaton
cathy swanton
July 17, 2017