Mystic - Donald Clarence Barber, 84, of Mystic, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
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He was born on Oct. 5, 1928, to the late Carroll "Bub" and Helen Irene (Bobbette) Barber in Manlius, N.Y. Donald enlisted in the Navy immediately following his graduation from high school in 1945, where he proudly served aboard the USS Borie. On Nov. 18, 1955, he married his beloved Barbara and together they embarked on a Navy career that took them in 1956 to Sub School New London after which his first deployment was aboard the USS Entemador. Next he was attached to the SSN Abraham Lincoln and then the SSN Ulysses S. Grant. He obtained the rank of chief petty officer in 1958. In 1966, they were transferred to the Great Lakes Navel Training Center Recruit Command until retirement as master chief from the Navy in 1968.
Upon retiring, they moved a family of seven to Mystic where Donald went back to his Navy surroundings and worked as a civilian in Navy Technical Supply until retiring in 1998. Don was a proud member of the Sub Vets Groton, Fleet Reserve Branch 20, and one of the proudest moments was his induction into the Holland Club. He was also a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was an avid Yankee fan from the age of six.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his four children, James Edwin Barber of Florida, Bobbette Clapsadle and her husband, Thomas, of Waterford, Christa Barber and her wife, Christine Keenan, of Groton, Mary Beth Barber of Waterford; his grandchildren, Dominic Larubina, Danielle Larubina and her fiancÃ©, Raymond Zvovushe, Jared Barber, Jeffery Degaetano, Emily Morenzoni, Michael and Mitchell Clapsadle and Shannon Cloutier and her husband, Bruce; and many friends at Apple Rehab in Mystic.
He was predeceased by his son, Jeffery Donald Barber.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at the Christ United Methodist Church, 200 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, followed by full military honors at the church. A reception by UMW in fellowship hall will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation sponsoring Joey LaPierre in the 2013 Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride/Walk in support of B-STRONG. http://calhounridewalk.kintera.org/ or the Town of Groton Animal Shelter or to the Christ United Methodist Church.
The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on Mar. 15, 2013