Andrew”Barry “Lee, lifelong Redlands homeowner who was a stalwart advocate of the Redlands Family YMCA and a former Redlands guy of the year,
died 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 left,” stated Darwin Bennett, CEO of the YMCA of the East Valley.
“Barry signed up with the Y when he was 8 or 10 years old, and he and his household are still Y members. He carried out with the Y Circus. He was on the board for decades. He chaired annual campaigns and capital projects. He was a generous donor. The teaching swimming pool is named after him.”
“And he was really respected by board members and coworkers,” Barnett stated.
Born Feb. 11, 1926, to Dr. Andrew B. Lee Sr. and Margaret Orth Lee, he was the youngest of 4 children.
He employed in the Navy prior to finishing from high school and served from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Iowa as fire control male until completion of World War II. He was granted his diploma from Redlands High School on June 19, 1944.
Returning to Redlands, he completed his doctorate degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and married Janet Butler, his long-lasting companion of 68 years. In 1952, he opened his chiropractic practice in Redlands and served up until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 73.
He served the Redlands community for 60 years with his volunteerism in numerous 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, stated, “Barry was a long time advocate, particularly 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 searching, fishing or riding his preferred horse, Secret, he would be hectic getting food with Inland Harvest, helping the Set Free program or taking care of his rental units. He owned numerous residential rental residential or commercial properties.
Lee was preceded in death by 2 sis, Dorothy Zeiner and Margaret Bierchbach, and one bro, John Lee.
He is endured by his dedicated spouse, Janet Lee; two daughters Franci Free and her hubby Scott of San Diego, Dana Mathey and her husband Mike of Redlands; kid Kenneth and his wife Cheryl of Ocala, Florida; 6 grandchildren, Danielle and her other half Bill Leslie, Weston and his better half Emily Free, Spencer and his spouse Ilana Mathey, Kelsi Mathey, Baruch and his spouse Lauren Lee and Heather Lee; 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held in 2021 at a date and time to be figured out. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations 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