OBITUARIO

Howard H. Bariteau

26 julio , 193430 mayo , 2021
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Howard H. Bariteau went to live with Jesus on Sunday, May 30, 2021, having passed away at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center after a brief admission.

Howard H. Bariteau was born in Watertown on July 26, 1934, the only child of the late Henry and Clara Abbott Bariteau of Carthage. He graduated from Carthage High School, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1955 from Houghton College. Howard earned a Master of Science in Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Howard taught vocal music for one year at Union Academy in Belleville, NY. He volunteered to be drafted into the US Army. Following basic training at Ft. Dix, Howard was with the 81st Army Band as a trombonist, at Ft. Brooke and Ft. Buchanan, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was honorably discharged in July 1958. After returning to NYS, Howard taught vocal music at Fabius-Pomey for a year. In 1959 he began his 33 year career as Instrumental Music Teacher at Hammond Central School, the last 8 of them also serving as the Assistant Principal. Throughout his career he was active in the Valley League Music Association, serving as a guest conductor of the concert and jazz bands on numerous occasions, as well as a member of NYSSMA and NYSUT. When Howard retired in 1992, he left a rich legacy of the love of making music which will continue to live on for generations.

Howard not only loved teaching music, he loved playing his trombone. Among the groups he was a member of are: Watertown VFW, The Watertown Civic Band, which he later served as a director, and the Wisner Combo in which he also played string bass. He was an original member of Frank Sacci’s Big Band, playing bass trombone with that group for 50 years. Howard felt very honored to have accompanied the following: Al Martino, Robert Goulet, Eddie Fischer, Jerry Vale, Rich Little, and The Four Aces. In 1977, Howard was honored with being elected a member of the Society of Phi Kappa Lambda. In later years he could be found playing in pit bands and playing bass trombone in the Clayton Community Band. When ill health kept him from playing in ensembles, he continued to practice daily as long as he was able.

Howard met the love of his life, Miriam Hall, while teaching in Belleville. They were married in the Belleville United Methodist Church on March 1, 1957.

After the family moved to the ‘house on the hill’, Howard and Miriam were busy raising their family and became active in the Hammond Presbyterian Church. Howard was an ordained elder and served multiple terms on the church session. Howard felt led to become a lay preacher. After two years of study, he was commissioned as lay preacher in the Presbytery of NNY where he served many churches. Howard led and played bass guitar in the HPC praise band for many summers during the contemporary services. He was also known to compose some original praise tunes for those services. During retirement he was active in the Presbytery of NNY and served two terms of Moderator of the Presbytery. He also represented PNNY at Synod of the Northeast.

He was a deeply compassionate man, who loved his wife, his family and his Lord. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Miriam Hall Bariteau, children, Michele, Stephen and wife Karin, Philip and wife Kristen, grandchildren Katherine, Nicholas, Bryan, Victoria and step-grandson Brendan Dolan and wife Sapphire.

A memorial service will be held on July 5th at 11:00am at the Hammond Presbyterian Church with Pastor Shea Zellweger officiating. He will be interred at the Foxwood Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hammond and Brier Hill volunteer fire and rescue departments.

Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

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  • Memorial Service

    lunes, 5 julio , 2021

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Doreen Poulton

4 julio , 2021

Miriam, Michelle, Steve, Phil and families

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Howard was such a wonderful friend, musician, teacher and a devoted family man.. I have many fond memories of him and my husband Dave as they shared rides to Big Band, working together with Valley League Music events or just having a casual visit. Memories to be treasured forever! God Bless! RIP Howard!

Philip Bariteau

1 julio , 2021

Philip Bariteau

1 julio , 2021

Anita Donna Doug Morse Martin Phillip

29 junio , 2021

When we look back as adults at the tireless devotion and incredible depth of knowledge Mr. Bariteau showed to all of his students at HCS, it was nothing short of genius. Concert band, dance band, marching band, Valley League, solo competition, and so much more were all under his leadership. Mr. Bariteau could cajole five more minutes of focused learning at the end of band practice despite the fact that most of us were watching the clock, anxious for our school day to end. He could dissect a difficult passage with the precision of a surgeon, breaking down the syncopated phrases into manageable pieces for even the novice musician to master. We didn’t realize until after graduation just how many “life lessons” Mr. Bariteau was instilling in all the students at HCS. Mr. Bariteau saw the potential in each student and strived to ensure that each student reached it. His love of music resonates in all his former students and lives on even after his passing. We also look back on his life in our community, we see his love for the LORD and his devotion to all God’s people. Always caring, helping, and encouraging his neighbors and friends in tough times and celebrating with them in good times. Rest in the Lord Mr. B. We will always carry you with us.

Philip Bariteau

27 junio , 2021

September 2007

Paul Peacock

27 junio , 2021

Uncle Howard the memories you have created for me: The times at black Lake. My first fishing pole, my first fish, my first time falling off the dock. My first ice cold orange crush in a bottle. The stories of life and times in the Army and your tour in Puerto Rico. I remember the army boots you used to wear and how they got destroyed when your Subaru was in an accident, but saved your foot. The times at your house for Thanksgiving and all the great food. I remember you watching sports with the sound turned down and classical music playing. I remember the great times when I would stay with you in the summer. I remember you teaching me how to shoot baskets and basketball free throws, I'm still good at that. There are many more memories. You helped to mold my life with your mentoring. I can still hear you calling me "Butch". Your the Best, you will never be forgotten you are in my heart and in my life. I love you!

David Valois

16 junio , 2021

I extend my deepest sympathies to Miriam, Michele, Stephen and Philip and their families on their loss. I taught at HCS with Howard in the early 80's and it was a pleasure to see a true professional in action. Howard was dedicated to his students, the school and the community in every way possible. Rest well Howard and thank you.

Amy Catlin

15 junio , 2021

As I remember Mr B. I can’t help but to see him standing in front of the band glowing with pride regardless of the sometimes unbearable noise that flowed from our instruments. Though I learned how to play multiple instruments and lead an entire marching band, what I take away most is something that I will forever be grateful for- confidence and self esteem. He saw something that I would have never found if he hadn’t encouraged me to lead. A shy soft spoken girl who grew into a very confident, outgoing leader. He is a very large piece of who I am today. Thank you Mr. B, may you continue to guide and support from above and lead the angels with the same smile that you wore when you were leading our band. You will be missed.

TJ Sutton

15 junio , 2021

It brings great sadness to lose such an honorable man. I have many fond memories of him during my years at HCS and the school marching band. Although I had minimal band experience he accepted me as band majorette and had confidence in me that I could do the job. I will NEVER forget when it came time to purchase our satin band coats. I was financially unable to buy one. One day a knock on my door. I opened the door and there stood Mr Bariteau with my satin coat. He said here, this is for you. I was so overcome with joy and just cherished that coat. After 38 years I still have that coat and I will never forget his kindness and generosity. RIP Mr Bariteau you will be sincerely missed.

Monica Kastner

10 junio , 2021

Phil, Kris, Brendan, Brian, and Victoria,

Deepest condolences on your grandfather's passing. Your grandfather clearly was an incredible man. After reading his warm obituary, I feel like I truly know him. He is living on in all of you and the passion you have for music and faith. I hope that the memories you have of him make you often smile in the days and months to come.

With love,
Monica, Erik, Kyle, Ashton, and MaCauley Kastner

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