Barry S. Ellis


Barry S. Ellis, 60, of Sidney, passed away on Dec. 15. Barry was born on July 14, 1962 in Hancock.  

He graduated from Walton High School with the Class of 1981, and shortly after, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following graduation from Operations Specialist “A” School in November 1981, he had several duty stations including Hawaii and San Diego, and received both the Good Conduct Award and Navy Commendation Medal. He retired from the Navy in 1994 due to declining health.  

Barry was a devoted member of the American Legion, beginning at the Hancock Post before joining the Charles L. Jacobi Post 183 in Sidney where he had served as chaplain at one time.  He was also a past commander for Delaware County. In November 2020, he received a DAV Certificate of Appreciation for his commitment to veterans.  

Barry was a longtime member of the McDonalds Coffee Club. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching all sports including, NASCAR and golf. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.  

He enjoyed reading and had a love for animals; he especially missed his dogs, Freckles, Sammy and Mickey, who predeceased him. Barry had an amazing gift of recall, and could remember just about anything. He was a treasure to his family and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his brother, Tim (Daph); sisters, Elaine (Robert) and Dawn (Kirk); sisters-in-law, Terri and Linda; special cousin, Chrissy; 35 nieces and nephews, 32 grandnieces and nephews, and two great-grandnephews, as well as numerous cousins. He is also survived by foster mother, MaryLou McGowen.  

He was predeceased by his parents, Donald Ellis Sr. and Bertel (Paro) Ellis, and his brothers, Darwin, Donald Jr., Randy, Clarence, Dennis Sr., Loren, and Kevin/Steve.  

A memorial service for Barry will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2023 at the Sidney American Legion Post 183, 22 Union Street, Sidney, NY 13838. Share condolences and memories online at  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Barry’s memory may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, or to an animal shelter of one’s choice.  

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.