April 15, 1996-February 16, 2021
Middletown, New York
Barrett Michael Haney, a Middletown native, died unexpectedly on February 16, 2021 at home in Middletown, New York. He was 24.
The son of Michael and Kym Haney, he was born on April 15, 1996, in Warwick, New York.
Barrett attended Goshen Christian School in Goshen, New York, through the 8th grade. During these years, Barrett enjoyed participating in basketball, drama, and the Cadets program, including camping and selling wreaths during the Christmas season. His early interests
included all kinds of heavy construction machinery and equipment. His preferred brand was Tonka, and many young people will agree is the top of the line. He also could be found proudly wearing his cowboy hat and boots.
As he grew older, his interests expanded to include fishing and firecrackers (though not usually together), and then he began making YouTube instructional videos on the care of a variety of reptiles.
After Middle School at Goshen Christian, Barrett enrolled in the Minisink Valley High School for his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. While there, he ran with the Minisink Valley Warriors Cross Country team.
He transferred to Harmony Christian School in Middletown, New York for his senior year, reunited with many of the classmates and friends he had made while at Goshen Christian School. He graduated from Harmony Christian School in 2014.
During his senior year, Barrett went with several classmates to Haiti on a short term mission trip, where he and his team worked at the Wings of Refuge children’s home. While in Haiti, he saw an old man who was offering to sell a handmade walking stick. Barrett struck
a deal with the seller, who just wanted Barrett’s sneakers--his old, battered, paint-splattered sneakers. The deal was made, and more. Barrett never forgot that man who wanted his old beat up sneakers so badly that he would trade the hand crafted walking stick.
Barrett still has that treasured walking stick.
Barrett had a fascination with outer space, and loved to talk about stars, planets, and all the holes--black, white, it didn’t matter--he didn’t discriminate.
He was an original plankholder in the annual family canoeing/kayaking/camping trips, including a father-son Outward Bound trip that promised more than it delivered, especially in the meal. That was the beginning of a family tradition that the entire family now
considers legendary. Never does the family gather without stories of one or another of those trips being shared over and over again.
Barrett worked at Choice Hotels at the front desk. He enjoyed talking with guests as they came and went. He wanted to help people. He often saw opportunities to help others, and wanted to do whatever he could do: give a ride to a friend, help someone whose car was
stuck in a ditch, or whatever the moment called for.
The love of his life was his daughter, Claudia Rose. They were inseparable. He could be seen taking Claudia swimming in the hotel, sledding, coloring together, and working with kinetic sand--wearing out several vacuum cleaners. He had begun teaching her to drive
in the driveway.
Barrett loved his nieces: He enjoyed playing on the Switch with Ava, taking rides to the Dollar store with Adalee to get candy, trading hugs with Avery, and he had a very special place in his heart for AriaMae Brock.
His dog Brutus was his faithful and inseparable companion and protector, giving unconditional love to Barrett until the very end.
Barrett is survived by his loving parents, Michael and Kym, his daughter Claudia, his sister Brittany and her husband Tim, and his loving nieces, Ava, Adalee, Avery, and AriaMae. Barrett’s surviving family also includes his two grandmothers: Susanne Ferguson of Boynton
Beach, Florida, and Marjorie Haney Hyde in Middletown, New York. Barrett is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins, along with even more extended family members and loving and caring friends. Barrett was predeceased by his big brother Brock. We take
great comfort in knowing that Barrett was welcomed home in heaven by his big brother, and that their earthly remains will rest side by side at the Howells Cemetery.
The family will receive those wishing to offer comfort and pay their respects on Sunday, February 21, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. at the Harmony Baptist Church, 1790 Route 211 East in Middletown. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on
Monday, February 22, also at the Harmony Baptist Church, with Pastor Sean Switzer of the Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to P.O.
Box 44, Howells NY 10932 to establish and fund a College
Scholarship Fund for Barrett’s daughter, Claudia Rose. Checks may be made payable to Mike or Kym Haney, Claudia Rose Haney College Fund in the memo field.
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Middletown, NY 10941
Middletown, NY 10941
Middletown, NY 10941