Barry Fleischman

March 10, 1933 - Aug. 28, 2017
Barry Fleischman, March 10, 1933 - Aug. 28, 2017

Barry Marvin Fleischman, who in his long business career owned and operated a number of real estate and insurance agencies, including the Sagg Harbour Agency, died on Aug. 28 at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 84, and had been ill only briefly, his family said. 

Mr. Fleischman lived most recently on Fort Bond Boulevard in Springs but before that in Sag Harbor, where he had been a member of the school board and the Chamber of Commerce and generally involved himself in civic matters. 

“Later, Barry lived for a decade or so in Paris,” his family wrote, “teaching English and mastering both French and Spanish. After returning from Paris he resided in and around East Hampton.”

Here he became a bridge master and taught the game at the East Hampton Library. Golf was another of his interests.

“Barry was passionate about sports, playing tennis through high school, college, and after,” his family said. A Hofstra graduate, he earned a master’s degree in education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

“I only knew him through tennis,” The Star’s Jack Graves, who was friendly with Mr. Fleischman, remembered, “though his graceful strokes (he beat me always, and rather handily) were an indication of his character — graceful strokes that he passed on to his daughter, Sandy. . . . I remember Barry and Sandy killing my first wife, Muffin, and me in a mixed doubles tournament at Southampton College.”

“He was self-assured and friendly, a classy guy.”

Born in New York City on March 10, 1933, to Aaron Fleischman and the former Kay Rubin, he grew up on Long Island. A marriage ended in divorce. In addition to his daughter Sandy Fleischman Richman of New York City, he is survived by two other children, Mindy Carol Smith of Atlanta and Lawrence David Fleischman of Fanwood, N.J. He leaves seven grandchildren and, as the family put it, “2.5 great-grandchildren (one is on the way).” A younger brother, ZouZou Fleischman, also survives.

“He had an enthusiasm for life, coupled with a joy in meeting people, a willingness to explore new places, and the power to find his very own way,” his family said.

A memorial service will be held at Windmill Beach, next to Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, on Saturday at 4 p.m., when his ashes will be dispersed.