Donald Trump, his wife Melania and other relatives gathered in New York on Friday to mourn the loss of his older sister Maryanne Trump Barry, who died at the age of 86.
The former president was joined by his daughter Ivanka and sons Don Jr. and Eric at the church of St. Ignatius of Loyola on the Upper East Side.
The 77-year-old former president wore a dark suit and tie, while Melania wore a black coat and sunglasses.
Trump’s sister, a retired federal judge, died Nov. 13 at home on the Upper East Side.
Donald Trump, his wife Melania and other relatives gathered in New York on Friday to mourn the loss of his older sister Maryanne Trump Barry, who died at the age of 86
Trump’s sister, a retired federal judge, died on November 13. Pictured with his brother in 2008.
Her coffin arrived at the Catholic church in a black hearse and was carried inside as her family looked on in silence.
The area around the church was closed by the Secret Service and the police.
Inside, the Archbishop of New York led the proceedings while a choir sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
Trump then spoke with a priest outside the church.
After her death earlier this week, Trump paid tribute to his “big sister.”
He said: “A truly beautiful woman, tall and elegant, with a presence like no other, she was also a brilliant student, intellect, and judge presiding over the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, just below the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Her life was largely problem-free, PERFECT, until I made it harder for her when I decided to run for president.”
He added: “Fake News and others pursued her mercilessly, and because she felt it was inappropriate to defend herself due to her position, she simply never stopped!”
The area around the church was closed by the Secret Service and the police
Trump said his sister was “tough and strong” and “will really miss her.”
Barry was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1999.
Trump and Maryanne confided in each other and became close over the years as he expanded his real estate empire and ran for president.
Three of the former president’s four siblings are now dead.
His youngest brother Robert died in August 2020 at the age of 71, and Fred Trump Jr. he died of a heart attack in 1981 at the age of 42.
Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, died in 2022 at the age of 73.
On Friday, more than 100 mourners came to the church to pay their respects in Manhattan.
On Friday, Trump posted a short tribute on his Truth Social website, saying: “Now the funeral.” I love Maryanna. God bless you. Rest in peace!’
Three days ago, Trump revealed that his sister had died.
“Even though she was tough and strong, she had to suffer throughout these years, from 2016 until her retirement,” he wrote on Truth Social.
“I’ll never forget how many times people came up to me and said, ‘Your sister was the smartest person at Court.’ I have always been honored by this.
But I understood exactly what they meant. They were right! She was a great judge and a great sister. She will truly be missed!
Trump did not speak at the funeral, and Judge Barry’s son, David William Desmond, told the New York Times that the service would be closed to the media.
“The service will be private,” he said, “and we prefer to avoid any press coverage.”
Desmond was the only person other than clergy to deliver a eulogy filled with praise for a woman they remembered as brave and persistent.
Barry refrained from publicly criticizing Trump, but a series of secretly recorded interviews in 2018 and 2019 with his niece, Mary Trump, revealed her true feelings.
“He has no principles,” she allegedly stated in the recordings. ‘Nothing.’
She added: “It’s a fake and it’s cruel. Donald is cruel.
Mary Trump recorded these remarks while working on her 2020 book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World.”
The recordings were later made available, among others, Washington Post Office. Barry also criticized Trump for his eulogy at their father’s 1999 memorial service.
“Donald was the only person who didn’t talk about dad,” she said.
“I do not want any of my siblings to speak at my funeral,” Judge Barry continued.
– And that’s it for Donald and what he did at Dad’s funeral. I don’t know. It was all about him.