ST. ALBANS — Alan, a longtime resident passed away at his home on Saturday evening, Feb. 27, 2016, with his loving family at his side.
He was born in St. Albans, on July 31, 1933, the son of the late Edward and Dora (Babbie) Barber. He was 82 years old.
Alan graduated from St. Mary’s High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was a star player in all sports he played. He was a high scorer and a trophy winner. In later years, he turned his passion for sports to his golf passion. He traveled often to many golf courses in the US and Canada, as far away as in Japan with dignitaries while on assignments for the Marshall Service.
Alan served his country in the US Army as an MP from 1954-1956 in Germany, as a St. Albans City Police Officer from 1956-1959, resigning from the Police Dept to accept a position with the Department of Justice, as a US Deputy Marshall from 1959-1988. Alan received many awards for his expert pistol control.
Alan was a member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion, the Eagles Club in Milton and a 40+-year member of Champlain Country Club.
Alan is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sally Whitney Barber; his daughters, Alaine Hofland (Fred), Paula Green, Allison O’Neil (Scott) and pseudo-daughter, Shan Reynolds (Aaron); step-sons, Warren Whitney (Terri), Michael Whitney (Kimberly) and brother-in-law, Paul Napolitano (Rose); one grandson, 10 granddaughters, five great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Edward Alan; sister, Colleen Rogerson (Chris); brother, John Barber (Mary Hance) and nephew, Peter Barber.
Alan’s family would like to thank his caregiver, Patti Judd, for the love, support and laughter she gave him and the great nurses of Franklin County Home Health Agency and Doctors, Teig Marco and Audrey Von Lepel.
Alan’s family will receive friends on Friday evening, March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield St. Interment with military honors will take place later this spring at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or in keeping with Alan’s passion for golf, to the Champlain Country Club, 581 St. Albans Rd, Swanton, VT 05488.
Messages of condolence to Alan’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.