Andrew”Barry “Lee, long-lasting Redlands resident who was a stalwart advocate of the Redlands Family YMCA and a former Redlands guy of the year,
passed away on Oct. 21, 2020, in his home. He was 94. Lee was an existing board member at the YMCA.”He joined as a young man and never ever left,” stated Darwin Bennett, CEO of the YMCA of the East Valley.
“Barry joined the Y when he was 8 or 10 years old, and he and his family are still Y members. He performed with the Y Circus. He was on the board for years. He chaired annual projects and capital projects. He was a generous donor. The teaching pool is called after him.”
“And he was extremely respected by board members and colleagues,” Barnett said.
Born Feb. 11, 1926, to Dr. Andrew B. Lee Sr. and Margaret Orth Lee, he was the youngest of four children.
He employed in the Navy prior to graduating from high school and served from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Iowa as fire control man till the end of World War II. He was awarded his diploma from Redlands High School on June 19, 1944.
Returning to Redlands, he finished his doctorate degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and married Janet Butler, his long-lasting buddy of 68 years. In 1952, he opened his chiropractic practice in Redlands and served till his retirement in 1999 at the age of 73.
He served the Redlands community for 60 years with his volunteerism in multiple capabilities supporting the Redlands YMCA, San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team, United Way, Elk's Club, Rim of the World Riders, Inland Harvest, Family Service Association, Kimberly Crest and Set Free. He was a member and usher at Redlands First Baptist Church. He was named Redlands Man of the Year in 1998.
Kyra Stewart, executive director of Family Service, said, “Barry was a longtime advocate, specifically in finding inexpensive housing for our clients and in food service through Inland Harvest. We will miss him very much.”
In his later years when he was not hunting, fishing or riding his preferred horse, Secret, he would be hectic picking up food with Inland Harvest, assisting the Set Free program or looking after his rental units. He owned a number of residential rental residential or commercial properties.
Lee was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Dorothy Zeiner and Margaret Bierchbach, and one sibling, John Lee.
He is survived by his dedicated other half, Janet Lee; two daughters Franci Free and her partner Scott of San Diego, Dana Mathey and her hubby Mike of Redlands; child Kenneth and his partner Cheryl of Ocala, Florida; six grandchildren, Danielle and her husband Bill Leslie, Weston and his wife Emily Free, Spencer and his partner Ilana Mathey, Kelsi Mathey, Baruch and his other half Lauren Lee and Heather Lee; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be kept in 2021 at a date and time to be figured out. In lieu of flowers the family recommends contributions in his name to the Redlands Family YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands, CA 92373 or Inland Harvest, 317 Felisa Court, Redlands, CA 92373. Source: redlandscommunitynews.com