Barry was born on August 19, 1954 to Sidney and Estelle Kemler in Long Beach, New York. It was there that his affinity for the ocean and his career as a lifeguard began. After graduating high school, Barry attended North Adams State College where he earned an associate's degree in Business Administration. He relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he co-owned several successful restaurants with two fellow New Yorkers. All three were the original developers of the Durango Court Club on Florida Road, now known as the Sports Club.
Barry worked for years in the Durango foodservice industry as both a salesman and a server, most notably at Ariano's Italian restaurant where he earned his "Carmine" moniker. He wore many hats; Purgatory "lifty", Dalton Ranch groundskeeper, and salesman at Star Liquors. Most importantly, he was a loving father to his two daughters, and a devoted "Pop-Pops" to his grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Estelle Kemler, brother Marc Kemler, and daughter Caitlin Kemler. He is survived by his brother Harvey (Patti) Kemler, daughter Trista (Ryan) Klemm, sister-in-law Elaine Kemler, grandchildren Tanley and Ellis Klemm, nieces Lara (Hadley) Nasshorn and Elizabeth Petti, and nephews Matthew Kemler and Matthew Wilson.
Celebrations of Barry's spirit, heart, and kindness will be held in Durango in December of this year, and in Long Beach in the summer of 2022. Stay tuned to Facebook for more information.
Published by The Durango Herald on Nov. 9, 2021.