- The funeral for the former president’s eldest sister was held at St. Ignatius of Loyola church
- Maryanne Trump Barry, a former federal judge, died aged 86 on November 13
Donald Trump, his wife Melania and other relatives gathered in New York on Friday to mourn the loss of his elder sister Maryanne Trump Barry who died at the age of 86.
The ex-president was joined by daughter Ivanka and sons Don Jr. and Eric at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side.
The 77-year-old former president wore a dark suit and tie, while Melania was dressed in a black coat and sunglasses.
Trump’s sister, a retired federal judge, died on November 13.
Her casket arrived at the Catholic church in a black hearse and was carried inside as the family watched silently.
An area around he church was shut down by the Secret Service and police.
Inside, the Archbishop of New York reportedly led proceedings and a choir sang ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’.
Afterwards, outside the church, Trump spoke with a priest.
Following her death earlier this week Trump paid tribute to his ‘great sister’.
He said: ‘A truly beautiful woman, tall and elegant, with a presence like no other, she was also a tremendous student, intellect, and Judge, in charge of 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 difficult for her when I decided to run for President.’
He added: ‘The Fake News, and others, went after her mercilessly, and because of the fact that she felt it inappropriate, due to her position, to defend herself, it just never stopped!’
Trump said his sister was ‘tough and strong’ and would be ‘truly missed’.
Barry was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1999.
Trump and Maryanne confided in each other and were close in the years he expanded his real estate empire and ran for president.
Three of the former president’s four siblings have now died.
His youngest brother Robert died in August 2020 aged 71, and Fred Trump Jr. 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.
More than 100 mourners streamed into the church to pay their respects in Manhattan on Friday.
Trump posted a brief tribute on his Truth Social on Friday which said: ‘Funeral Now. I Love Maryanne. God Bless You. Rest In Peace!’
Three days ago Trump revealed his sister had passed away lauding his sibling as a ‘beautiful, tall and elegant woman.’
‘My great sister, Maryanne, passed away yesterday at the age of 86,’ he wrote on Tuesday.
‘A truly beautiful woman, tall and elegant, with a presence like no other, she was also a tremendous student, intellect, and Judge, in charge of 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 difficult for her when I decided to run for President.
‘The Fake News, and others, went after her mercilessly, and because of the fact that she felt it inappropriate, due to her position, to defend herself, it just never stopped!
‘While tough and strong, she was made to suffer in those years from 2016 until her Retirement.
‘I will never forget the many times people would come up to me and say, ‘Your sister was the smartest person on the Court.’ I was always honored by that.
‘But understood exactly what they meant – They were right! She was a great Judge, and a great sister. She will be truly 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 media.
‘The service will be private,’ he said, ‘and we prefer to avoid any press coverage.’
Desmond was the only person aside from clergy to deliver a eulogy which was filled with praise of the woman they remembered as courageous and resilient.
Barry refrained from criticizing Trump publicly but a series of surreptitiously recorded interviews in 2018 and 2019 with a niece, Mary L Trump revealed her true feelings.
‘He has no principles,’ she allegedly said in the recordings. ‘None.’ She added, ‘It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel.’
Mary Trump had recorded the remarks while working on the 2020 book ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.’
The recordings were later shared with the Washington Post. Barry had also criticized Trump for his eulogy at their father’s 1999 memorial service.
‘Donald was the only one who didn’t speak about Dad,’ she said.
‘I don’t want any of my siblings to speak at my funeral,’ Judge Barry continued.
‘And that’s all about Donald and what he did at Dad’s funeral. I don’t know. It was all about him.’