The Obit For Barry Trate

K. Barry Trate

Published in the Reading Eagle on 2/2/2008.


K. Barry Trate, 73, Pottstown, died Jan. 31, 2008, in his residence.

He was the husband of M. Jane (Imboden) Trate, to whom he was married 52 years.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late William and Elizabeth (Sweimler) Trate.

Barry was a 1952 graduate of Reading High School.

He began playing organized sandlot baseball in Reading in 1947, and continued playing in junior high and Reading High School. He played American Legion baseball for the Gregg Post Keys Junior Legion team, and was a member of the 1952 state championship team. In addition, he played baseball and basketball in the Reading City League.

Barry enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1954, serving in Korea, Hawaii and Quantico, Va. He was a member of the Quantico baseball team, which won the All-Marine Corps Championship in 1956.

He moved to Pottstown in 1961, while working at Honeywell and later at Firestone. In 1970, he began working at Rilsan, now Arkema, in Birdsboro, until his retirement in 1997.

Barry continued playing baseball and softball past the age of 50 with many teams in Berks and Lancaster counties. He began coaching baseball with the Pottstown Baby Steelers Junior Legion and Pottstown Steelers Senior Legion. In 1988, after a brief absence from coaching due to business travel, he began coaching with the Boyertown Bear Cubs Junior Legion program. He coached through the 2007 season. During this time, the Bear Cubs won six state championships. Barry was elected to the Pennsylvania Legion Hall of Fame in 1997, and Berks County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Pottstown, and also held memberships in the Elks Lodge 814, Boyertown Orioles and Twin Ponds Golf Club. He was an avid golfer until his illness.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters: Laurie, wife of Robert O'Connell, Lower Pottsgrove; Cherie, wife of William O'Donnell, Blue Bell; and Marcie Curley, Pottstown; a son, Chris, husband of Sandi, Bear, Del.; and eight grandchildren: Michael and Andrew O'Connell; Brian and Steven O'Donnell; Adam and Rachael Curley; and Matthew and Kelsey Trate.

Memorial services will be Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in St. James Lutheran Church, High and Price Streets, Pottstown, with the Rev. Peter Hutchinson officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call Feb. 9 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. The Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, 359 King St., Pottstown, is in charge of arrangements.