It is with deep sympathy that PEDA informs you of the untimely passing of longtime member and friend, Barry Surma.Barry spent more than 30 years in economic development, most recently serving as the Director of Saint Francis University's Small Business Development Center and as an adjunct professor at the University. Prior to that, he spent 22 years with Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, where he had most recently served as their Vice President of Finance and CFO.
Barry was the consummate economic development professional. He could always be counted on for sage advice and guidance and he will be deeply missed. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am Wednesday at St. Demetrius Catholic Church in Gallitzin. Additional information can be found here.