Brian J. Bristol

Brian James Bristol, 48, of Barryville passed away suddenly on March 20, 2019.

Brian was born Dec. 29, 1970, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, to parents Barbara and Carlton Bristol. Brian graduated in 1989 from Ridgewood High School and went on to graduate with a degree in acoustical engineering from Sam Ash School of Music, Brunswick, New Jersey. Brian, as a high school student, was very active in BMX racing and was number 1 in New Jersey. He participated in BMX races all over the country and won two national titles. Brian married Tara Treanor in 1998, and they subsequently moved to Barryville. They later divorced.

Brian was employed for many years at the Center For Discovery and served as supervisor, facilities maintenance. In 2007 he formed his own business as a contractor for painting and light construction, successfully operating Pro-Painting. On many weekends Brian could be found playing a gig as lead drummer in numerous bands.

Brian had two children with partner Emily McCoy, both of whom he adored greatly. He took particular pride in being a DAD. He was happiest when he was spending time with his kids, taking them camping, four-wheeling, biking, fishing and swimming. Brian really enjoyed the Adirondack Mountains and traveled there as often as he could, looking forward to the day when he could live or retire to the Adirondacks.

Brian was predeceased by his father, his paternal grandparents Jim and Nina Bristol of Long Lake, and maternal grandparents Robert and Marion Burns of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Surviving are his two children, Brenden and Iris, his loving mother Barbara Wells and stepfather Keith Wells, and stepsisters Christine Wells (Craig Skene) and Kimberly Wells Prokop.

A memorial service at the United Methodist Church in Barryville was held Monday, March 25. Brian’s memory was honored by all who knew him and by the five bands that he was lead drummer in. The reception following the service was held at the Catskill Mountain Resort. The five bands played in his honor for over 10 hours, and with various drum circles at the resort and around the community.

Those wishing to honor Brian’s memory may make donations to the United Methodist Church in Barryville or the local animal shelter in Shohola, Pennsylvania. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.