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Lionel William Barrick, 85 of Ransomville, New York, went home to our Lord on October 24th 2017, he was with family and loved ones. Lionel was born in Niagara Falls, NY, Memorial Hospital, to the late Walter Weston and Nellie (Huffman) Barrick on January 20, 1932.
He attended Trott Vocational High School located in Niagara Falls, NY.
Lionel joined volunteered to join the US Army 1949. He was a member of the 3rd Division, 15th Infantry Regiment, (A) Company, Honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal, Lionel was a medic in the Korean War. He was a Life Member of the Military Order of Purple Heart and Member of the Society of the 3rd Division. He was wounded in North Korea, and survived the Battle of The Chosin Reservoir. He was presented the Purple Heart by a Five Star General, Omar Bradley, in Pusan, Korea. He was awarded Korean Service Medal, Three (3) Bronze Stars and Combat Medical Badge. He was a true patriot, very proud to have served and loved his country.
Lionel had many passions in life, most importantly his love and friendship for his wife, Esther, their love together of their children and especially, their devotion to our Lord. He was deeply devoted to his church. He has been a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ransomville, NY for 50 years.
Member of the Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic Minister for Diocese of Buffalo, donated time to deliver Meals on Wheels for ten years, Republican Committeeman for 25 years, Exempt Member of the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company 49 years.
Lionel retired from a 40 year career in construction, working for Laborers' Union Local 91, and remained a member since 1958. Retired in 1989. In addition, he was a local businessman, had a real love for sports, a true and loyal New York Yankee fan and Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Lionel is survived by his loving, devoted wife and best friend, Esther Stawarz Barrick, of nearly 65 years this November 29th. They were married in Lockport, NY at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in 1952. He is also survived by six children, Rhonda (Mark) Stephenson, Darlene (Paul) Alvers, John (Laurie) Barrick, Joseph (Heather) Barrick, James (Colleen Pittner) Barrick, and Francine (Roger) Mawhiney; 15 grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren; his siblings, Ronald (Marjorie) Barrick, Howard (Marian) Barrick, and Walter (Mary Ann) Barrick; his sister-in -aw, Mert (Daniel) Domeracki. Lionel is predeceased by a daughter, Mary Pauline Barrick Hardison.
Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville on Friday from 3 to 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville with the Rev. James Bastian officiating. (Please assemble at Church). Burial with Military Honors will follow in North Ridge Cemetery Town of Cambria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com for online condolences.
Published on October 24, 2017
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