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Howard C. Barber

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“My condolence to the family, May you find comfort in knowing that your love one is resting in the God's memory. Psalm 68:20. ”
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“Carol and Family:So sorry to hear about the passing of you Dad. He had a great life. Van Whitmore Gleason ”
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“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING THE FAMILY A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
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“What a sweet man, a great loss for his family and those of us who had the pleasure to talk to him and have him tell us about the South Burlington of...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Shohreh Eckhardt - VT

“Lynn, Kathy and family: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a great man. May your memories of him soothe your soul. He and...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Melodie Pierce - Colchester, VT

“I was saddened to read of Howard's passing. He was a good friend and Dolly and i enjoyed many good times at the Barber's summer home on Keeler's Bay...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Robert Sinclair - Shelburne

“Sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He and Pete were such good friends to my parents ( Jeanne and Larry Jenkins) for as long as I can remember. I...Read More »
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Howard C. Barber died peacefully at UVM Medical Center on Thursday April 20th following a stroke. He was 93. Howard was born in Burlington, VT on June 22, 1923. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Louise (Butler) Barber, 12 brothers and sisters, his wife Lorain and son Gary. Howard leaves 3 daughters and son in laws Lynn and Jack Russell, Kathy and Jim Murray, and Carol and Robert Story and 4 grandchildren Amy Russell, Brian & Claudia Russell, Christopher Story and Kate Story and many nieces and nephews. Howard served with honor in the United States Army in Europe during WWII. Upon returning home, he met and married Lorain "Pete" Peterson. They were happily married for over 68 years. Howard and Lorain lived most of their married life in South Burlington and had second homes first at Lake Carmi and then in South Hero and Ponce Inlet, Florida. Howard left school after completing the 9th grade, and worked at Mazel's Department Store, The Empire Laundry in Bennington, and Edlund Company before starting his own business building homes. First as Peterson & Barber Builders and then as Howard C. Barber, Builder, Howard developed land and built homes in South Burlington, Burlington, Shelburne, Milton and Georgia, VT. By assisting with their financing, he helped many young families buy their first homes and helped other builders grow their businesses. Howard retired at the age of 50 and enjoyed his remaining time playing the organ, tennis, horseshoes, ping pong and cards, gardening and working in his yard, walking the beach in Florida and most importantly spending time with family and friends. After the loss of his beloved wife, Lorain, in 2016, Howard lived at Pillsbury South where he received loving care and became a favorite of many. Howard was a man of strong faith and a communicant at St. John Vianney Church. Most of all he loved and always supported his wife and family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. John Vianney Church, South Burlington on Thursday April 27th at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gary Barber Scholarship Fund at South Burlington High School or to St. Anne's Shrine in Isle La Motte.

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