Stephen T. Barclay

September 2, 1946March 25, 2013

Peoria: Stephen T. Barclay,66, of Peoria, formerly of Albany, NY passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his family.

Stephen was born on September 2, 1946 in Gloversville, NY, the son of Richard & Mary Corinne Roberts Barclay. He married Carolyn Simmons in Peoria on December 5, 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years; his mother Mary Corinne Barclay; six daughters, Becky Robinson of Peoria, Shelly Criss of Dunlap; Jill Barclay of Peoria, Robynne Barclay of Peoria, Dominique Barclay of Peoria, and Meth (Nath) Hul of Joliet; one brother, Richard (Rojie) of Seattle, WA; ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; many nieces, and nephews; and his loyal dog Bella.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a foster son, William Long.

Stephen worked at Peoria Journal Star for over 30 years.

Stephen was a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War. In his spare time he loved to fish and was a member of the Hanna City Sportsman Club. Stephen was a loving and devoted family man. He was a gentle, caring, loving, hardworking man. Stephen will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral home in Peoria. Visitation will be Wednesday evening March 27, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Crippled Children's Foundation..

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  • Visitation Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Bob Beckenbaugh

March 28, 2013

Carolyn - Thank you for letting me share a few moments with Stephen. We enjoyed reading history articles and learning about his Navy experience in Vietnam where he transported wounded soldiers. He also enjoyed the ppts with beautiful images that are the gifts of creation. Below is something that I'm thinking Bella understands vey well. May the Lord's peace and joy be within you and your family as it is with Stephen. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.Bob

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."
Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, ! a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing.. I know my Master is there and that is enough."

March 28, 2013

Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Although I didn't have the chance to see you and Steve and the kids that often, my memories are good ones, especially the one at my parents' (Aunt Rosella and Uncle Eddie) home in Guilderland when you came for a visit with the kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn Slauson Muztafago, Guilderland, NY

Morris Ice

March 27, 2013

Dear Carolyn and family we are very sorry
for your loss Steve will be greatly ,missed we love and miss you all
and you are in our prayers .

Bonnie Brock

March 27, 2013

Carolyn & Family- You are in my prayers. Deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Ashley, Belle, Mason Todd

March 27, 2013

Very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Melissa Pavlock

March 27, 2013

Thinking and praying for your family Shelly. May God comfort you during this time.

Brenda Dorsey

March 27, 2013

Carolyn & family - you are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Donna Mason-Rickey & family

March 27, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

Debbie Siira

March 27, 2013

Becky and Family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers continue for you and your family. May God bless you and surround you with His love during this difficult time.

Kalista Davis

March 27, 2013

Jill, Carolyn and family
My sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. I will always remember how gracious the Barclay family was for including me on your family vacation. I have many great memories from that trip. Love to you all.

Kalista (KK)