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Edward Francis Haber, 88, a life-long resident of Berlin, and loving husband of Jane Ross (Goodrich) Haber for 66 years, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 30, 2012 after a long battle with heart disease.
Born in Berlin, son of the late Peter Joseph Haber and the late Catherine Rose (Josefek) Haber, he attended Berlin Schools, served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was a mechanic for the town of Berlin. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin, and V.F.W. Post 10732.
Ed was a founder of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department in 1942 where he was a volunteer member for 68 years and Fire Chief and Fire Marshall for 33 years, and the Berlin firehouse was dedicated to him in 1999. He was instrumental in starting the Hartford County Fire School where he served as an instructor, served on the committee for the CT Fire Academy, was active in establishing the CT Firemen's Memorial, and held officer positions in many State organizations including the Hartford County Emergency Plan, Commissioner of Fire Prevention and Control, CT Fire Marshals Association, CT Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, New England Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Association. In 2009 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the CT State Firefighters Association.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patricia Haber of Westfield, Mass. and Pamala Haber of Berlin; a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Patricia Haber of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin and committal in West Lane Cemetery, Kensington, will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Innovative Care, 625 Hebron Avenue, Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033, or to The
, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183.
Porter's Funeral Service in Kensington is assisting his family.
Published in Berlin Citizen on Dec. 5, 2012