Wood Funeral Home


Gary "Boomer" J. Barhite

June 3, 1954May 5, 2021

Gary J. Barhite, 66, of Andover Township, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Newton Medical Center.

Born in Newton on June 3, 1954, to the late Edward J. and Evelyn M. (Phillips) Barhite, Gary (Boomer, G-Man) graduated from Newton High in 1972 where he played baseball for Coach John Zamos. He continued his education at Keystone Community and Kings College in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Gary started his full-time working career at Selective Insurance in Branchville as an underwriter (16 years) then moved on to various insurance companies before finishing at FMI Branchville in 2013. He also held part-time jobs at Seplow Liquors and for the past 16+ years and currently at Shoprite Liquors in Succassunna and full-time at Sussex Honda Parts department.

Gary continued his love of sports. He managed and played for many local softball teams including the St. Joseph Sinners for many years. He was an avid Mets and Giants fan always keeping track of scores, stats and players.

His love and knowledge of music was amazing. From the Allman Brothers, Pine Leaf Boys, Tab Benoit, and the Radiators, he could be found at the Beacon, Capitol, Crawfish Fest, Moe.down, the Stanhope House and for the past 10 years the New Orleans JazzFest. He had an uncanny ability to remember each and every show, artist, setlist, guitar player and instruments played.

Boom made friends wherever he landed and had lifelong friends from grammar school to college. He wore a perpetual smile with a kindness that all who met him could see and feel. He lived a happy life following his nieces, nephew and others as a supporter of many. Gary is survived and will be dearly missed by his sister, Debra Ogle and husband, Lucky, of Hampton Township, his two nieces, Meghan R. Ogle and fiancé, Charlie Seibert, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Rebecca P. Ogle of Dunwoody, Georgia, as well as his nephew, Jimmy S. Ogle, of Hampton Township. He also leaves behind his brother, Terry and wife, Dianne, of Fayetteville, Tennessee.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, Branchville, followed by a 6 p.m. Memorial Service, also at the funeral home. His family encourages attendees to wear their favorite tie-dye, band or Mets/Giants shirt as the service is casual, like Boomer.

Memorial donations to honor Gary may be made to F2F in support of the Bodhi Monastery Food Pantry, c/o Duke DeGroat, PO Box 535, Augusta N.J. 07822.


  • Debra Ogle (Lucky), Friend & Former Sister In Law
  • Meghan R. Ogle (Charlie), Niece
  • Rebeccas P. Ogle, Niece
  • Jimmy S. Ogle, Nephew
  • Terry Barhite (Dianne), Brother
  • Edward J. & Evelyn M. (Phillips) Barhite, Parents (deceased)


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, May 15, 2021


Gary "Boomer" J. Barhite

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Steve Park

May 14, 2021

I so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We met years ago at a concert at Holy Wisdom, long before we worked together at FMI. I thought I knew something about music until I met him. He knowledge was amazing. I'll miss his smiling face at Crawfish Fest this year. I'll forever treasure the music he shared with me. He was such a good guy.

Emanuel Peters

May 14, 2021

It was a sad loss. He was a great driver, along with being a great person. He will be missed.

Margo Love

May 13, 2021

Remembering the good times and the happy memories. Enjoyed all the concerts with you.
Your KJC friend- M.L.M.

Matt Matulewicz

May 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing.
He will forever be a St Joe’s Sinner
This side of life will never be the same.
Rest In Peace my friend.