1948-2012 William "Bill" Joseph Barabas, age 64, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2012 in the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born on July 14, 1948 to Margaret and Joseph Barabas in Erie, Pa. and was the oldest of four children. He spent his childhood in Erie and received his elementary education at Holy Family School. He was actively involved in sports, especially Little League baseball, basketball, and football and he remained an enthusiastic sports fan throughout his life. He graduated from High School at Cathedral Prep, and shortly after he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He received basic training at Lakeland, Texas and then served four years as a combat zone medic in the Vietnam War, in the province of Da Nang. He carried the memories of his suffering comrades with him for the rest of his life. After his military service, he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Gannon University and a Master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as an Assistant Administrator for Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. He retired to Las Vegas Nev. in 2007 with his son and daughter-in-law, and his favorite pastime was spending time with his granddaughter, who brought him pure joy. William was preceded in death by his father Joseph Barabas of Erie, Pa. in January 2010, his younger brother Joseph Barabas Jr. of Okeechobee, Fla. in 1993, his grandmother Anna Chermak of Erie, Pa., in 1981 and his nephew Troy Bielak of Erie, Pa. in March 2010. William is survived by his two sons David Barabas (Nicole) and granddaughter Cheyenne of Las Vegas, Nev., and William "BJ" Barabas (Shanna), granddaughters Payton and Harper and grandson David of Paducah, Ky. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret Barabas, his brother Jim (Judy)Barabas, his sister Mary Ann (Dan) Tempestini of Erie, Pa., and his sister-in- law Colleen Barabas O'Bannon (Jerry) of Okeechobee, Fla., his nephews Matt and Josh Barabas of Florida, Eddie and Darrell Bielak of Erie, Pa., his aunt, Sr. Mary Grace Chermack of Belleview, Pa. and his uncle, Joseph Chermack (Sande) of Erie, Pa. as well as many other cousins. The Mark Razanauskas Funeral Home on 701 East Ave. will be handling all the arrangements. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 22nd at Holy Family Church at 10 a.m. for family and friends. Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetary. Any memorials for William can be sent to Compassion Care Hospice, 7842 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas NV 89117, as they were a true comfort in his final hours.
Published in the Erie Times-News on September 21, 2012