NAPLES, FLORIDA >> Edward J. Barber, 75, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Torrington died peacefully Aug. 30, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of Barbara Barber. Mr. Barber was born on Dec. 28, 1937, in Torrington, son of the late Edward C. Barber and Virginia (Thrall) Barber.
Ed attended Torrington Schools and entered the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in Topeka, Kansas. In 1963, Ed joined the Torrington Fire Department, retiring as Lieutenant in 1988. Ed and his brother David owned and operated the Moosehead Tavern in the north end of Torrington for several years. Even though Ed retired to Florida, he was always proud to call Torrington his home.
As a young boy, Ed was a member of the first Little League Baseball team in the City of Torrington, and also played semi professional basketball. He was a member of the Forester's and Torrington Lodge of Elk's, where he was an active participant in their golf and bowling leagues. A true sports enthusiast and exceptional athlete, Ed was a regular at the noon hour basketball games at the YMCA, as well as an umpire for men's softball in Torrington for many years. He shared his devotion to the St. Louis Cardinal's with his brother David.
In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by three daughters, Shelli Noreika and husband Tom, Julie Rooney and husband Tom and Leslie Barber all of Torrington, grandchildren Garrett, Dustin and Rebecca Waldron and Victoria and Thomas Edward Rooney, stepson Scott Morcaldi and partner Leslie Bernauer, step-daughter Kristen Elkins and husband Michael and their son Evan. He also leaves his sisters, Mary Jane Calnan, Ginny Maraia and husband Joe and sister-in-law Catherine Barber, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Sally Gautieri and brother David Barber.
A ceremony to Celebrate Ed's Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Elk's Lodge in Torrington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Torrington Little League, P.O. Box 1577, Torrington, CT 06790 or to the Torrington Fire Department's Scholarship Fund, 111 Water Street, Torrington, CT 06790. online memorials http://www.phalenfuneral.com/
Published in The Register Citizen on Sept. 6, 2013