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BARBER, Richard Richard "Dick" G. Barber, 69, of Enfield, died peacefully on Thursday (March 27, 2008). Born in Campbell Hall, New York on July 16, 1938, Dick was the son of the late Mary "Mickey" (Stage) Barber. A longtime resident of Manchester, Dick moved to Enfield eight years ago. Dick was self-employed in Printing Equipment Sales. He was a member of the American Mensa Limited, and was a charter member of Connecticut Parachuting, Inc., in Ellington having served as an F.A.I. judge in style, accuracy, canopy, and relative work. Dick was an accomplished skydiver, having completed over two thousand jumps and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also an honorary member of the Golden Knights. He is survived by his five children, Richard Barber and his wife MaryAnn of Windsor, Robert Barber and his wife Victoria of Windsor, David Barber and his wife Lori of Cromwell, William Barber of Mooresville, NC and Diane Costner and her husband Darryl of Enfield; his former wife, Bertha (Jarvis) Sanzaro of East Hampton; his brother, Paul Barber of Altoona, AL; eight grandchildren, Joseph and Michael Barber, Phillip and Nicole Costner, Joseph and Emily Barber and Jessica and Christopher Barber; and a great granddaughter, Alisa Barber. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Barber. Dick's family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, March 30, from 2-5 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road. A private funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Parachuting, Inc., P.O. Box 507, Ellington, CT 06029 or the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492. For additional information, directions or to extend an online expression of sympathy, please visit: www.leetestevens.com.


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Published in Hartford Courant on Mar. 28, 2008.
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March 23, 2020
This message is for the family, whose contact data I don't have.

Family: I have in my possession about a half dozen or so old pictures of Dick, mostly from the late '60's. Some from the Inn at Orange. If you would like them, send me your mailing address, and I will forward them on to you.

Twelve years, and I still miss his humor and good sense.

John
John Jefferies
Friend
May 8, 2008
I met Dick at CPI when I was manifesting there in the 70's & 80's and drove down with him to work at my first Nationals in Muskogee.
He was always playing jokes and a really wonderful guy. He was truly one of a kind.
I'm very sorry to hear of his passing.
Diane Nakashian
April 9, 2008
I met Dick when he came to Ohio to judge our meets in the 70's and then at many other meets. I know he was a big part of the CPI family. He will be sadly missed. Rick Kuhns member of the Alliance Sport Parachute Club and owner of Skydive Rick's
Rick kuhns
April 8, 2008
Mrs. Barber, Diane, Chris, and Rich....My prayers and thoughts with you and your family.
Larry Carbonell
April 8, 2008
Condolunces to the Family ,Rich was a good parent and proud of his children who marched in The Stafford Crusaders . Sorry Dick Carbonell
Richard Carbonell
April 5, 2008
To the Barber family - My sincere condolences on your loss. Dick was just the best.
Curt Curtis
April 4, 2008
To the family of Dick Barber...I am a parachute centre operator in Canada. Dick use to come up to our dropzone to judge skydiving competitions on largely a voluntary basis. These were important parachute meets of a Regional, Provincial and National nature.
It is through the unselfish efforts of people like Dick who keep the special skydiving community going.

I am so sorry to hear of his passing on. I am sure that you, the members of his family, will miss him as much as we do.

And to Dick, jump softly, wherever you are.
Joe Chow
April 2, 2008
Blue Skies Dick.
You and your stories were a riot.
I loved the tales you told about the good ole days.
Jan Meyer
March 31, 2008
Billy B. thanking Dick at his last meet, the 2007 Andre Cup
My sincerest condolences to Dick's family. You can be very proud to know how many lives Dick touched in a positive way. Among those of us in the skydiving community, he was a legend. We knew him as a man of integrity, with a tremendous sense of humor. I personally will miss Dick's dry wit and clear-eyed view of the world. Dick was a great judge and always fun to have around. One of the first judges at the Arizona Classic, he was a key member of our staff for years. As a competitor, I always respected his calls--he was a fair, even-handed judge. He left the world a better place, and we will truly miss him! Hope to see you on the other side, Dick . . . it would be boring there without you!
James Hayhurst
March 31, 2008
My sincerest condolences to Dick's family. You can be very proud to know how many lives Dick touched in a positive way. Among those of us in the skydiving community, he was a legend. We knew him as a man of integrity, with a tremendous sense of humor. I personally will miss Dick's dry wit and clear-eyed view of the world. Dick was a great judge and always fun to have around. One of the first judges at the Arizona Classic, he was a key member of our staff for years. As a competitor, I always respected his calls--he was a fair, even-handed judge. He left the world a better place, and we will truly miss him! Hope to see you on the other side, Dick . . . it would be boring there without you!
James Hayhurst
March 31, 2008
I have judged many meets with Dick over the years. He taught us all so much and was always a joy to be around. He always had a ready joke and a pocket full of quarters. My condolences to the family, and especially to Diane. I still have and treasure the #1 CB Shirt.
Judy Celaya
March 31, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting Dick at Orange in the '60s. One of the truly nice people.
Deno Bandieri
March 31, 2008
I was saddened to hear about Dick's passing. He was one of the more colourful people in our sport and also one of the judges that I respected the most during my competition days. I first met Dick back in 1967 when I moved from Canada to Orange, MA to work as a PI instructor. Other than my fellow staff members he was the first jumper to make me feel truly welcome and he did it with his great sense of humour.
Tom McCarthy
March 31, 2008
Thanks for the friendship and guidance you gave to all for so many years. You will be dearly missed.
John Eiff
March 31, 2008
The entire Style & Accuracy community feels the loss of Dick Barber. Don't know exactly when I met Dick over 39 years of jumping, but he was the kind of guy you felt like you've known all of our lives. I was honored to be his friend, he will be missed and not forgotten!!
Stu Metcalfe D-2563
March 31, 2008
I knew Dick in the late 1960's when I was a jumpmaster at Orange. I was saddened to learn of his passing and wish to send my condolences to family and friends. He was very supportive and encouraging to new jumpers (like me) and his wonderful sense of humor and good will encompassed all in the sport parachuting community
George ("Terry") Theriault
March 31, 2008
Dick Barber's Family, I was sure I had sent a message to the guestbook, since I don't see it listed I will again send my love, sympathy and prayers. I could talk for an entire evening just relating personal experiences over the past 48 years. Jim and I had many good and some exviting times with Dick. Dick,rest now and tell jump stories with Jim and Vic.Peace to tou. Love Marge Bates
Marjorie Bates
March 31, 2008
Dick Barger's Family, I was sure I had sent a message to the guestbook, since I don't see it listed I will again send my love, sympathy and prayers. I could talk for an entire evening just relating personal experiences over the past 48 years. Jim and I had many good and some exviting times with Dick. Dick,rest now and tell jump stories with Jim and Vic.Peace to tou. Love Marge Bates
Marjorie Bates
March 31, 2008
Goodbye old friend.
Thanks for the training,
Thanks for the moments,
Thanks for being a true friend.
You'll live in us for years to come. Your family and skydiving family will miss you dearly,
See you later, hopefully much later. Your friend billy b
billy beaudreau
March 30, 2008
I just heard of your loss and I just wanted to let you know that I am very sorry to hear this sad news.

Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.

Sherri & Bruce Drouin
Sherri Drouin
March 30, 2008
Dick was a great person and was there to get me started in the many great years of skydiving. I will miss his humor and his smile.
Dan Coslic
March 29, 2008
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have such great memories of the Barber family. My love to you all.
Sue (Hunter) Hopkins
March 29, 2008
Sweet Memories, of Orange, Ellington, and Tahlequah.
Of Cessnas, Norsemans, Beech 18s and DC-3s... and of Dick's great Smile.

Michael McKendry
D-3799
Michael McKendry
March 29, 2008
When I worked at the State Surplus Center Retail Store in Wethersfield, Dick was one of our favorite customers. He always had a smile, and never complained! He was a great guy.
Jacqueline Harjula
March 29, 2008
To the Dick Barber Family,

Wow, was your Dad a remarkable person! Just by the many diverse Guest Book entires it shows he knew many people around the world with the skydiving events he attended and judged. I met your Dad at Phil & Amy Swank's house on Mondays nights. The laughs we had were priceless. We all ate, drank and then watched the "Mash" TV Show.

He will be missed.

"He now belongs to the heavens and the stars spell out his name".

Andre & Dianne Archambault
Andre Archambault
March 29, 2008
Good bye friend. Rest now.


My thoughts are with you all.
PeggySue
March 29, 2008
Dick was my mentor and good friend and I knew him for over thirty years. We had some great times together and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to your Family Dick.
Neil McGrath
March 28, 2008
Dick will be missed by all who new him, a fun loving guy. We met in the Manchester Guard unit and instantly became friends.
Gerald Benedict
March 28, 2008
Rich...you will be missed by all those who knew you.
Mike Lessard
March 28, 2008
My sympathy to close friends and family in your time of loss.
Jennifer Phillips
USPA C-11679
Jennifer Phillips
March 28, 2008
...so sorry for your loss.
Peter and Pat Beblo
March 28, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Nancy & Bob Darrah
March 28, 2008
In Dick Barber's world their were two types of people: His friends and the friends he hadn't meet yet.
I remember when Dick made a note book using dollar bills. "My vacation book" and a waitress at IHOP would not except one of his dollars.
Dick loved a good joke and had a great sense of humor. You will be missed Old Friend.
Ted & Diana Gibbons
March 28, 2008
I met Dick and Marge in CT timing one of the first para ski meets with a "stop watch" at the bottom of the hill with Marge and Diane Pond - when someone on a radio told us to "start" all three of us started timing the first jumper and no one was ready for the second person! That wouldn't work today! Great person who certainly showed his love of the sport.
Hattie Hustler
March 28, 2008
To the family...

Please accept my condolences for this passing. I hope all is well with you and will pray for your strength as you go through these difficult times.

Kind regards,
Michael Hunter
March 28, 2008
Dick was a true skydiver and one who made us grow to what the sport is today.
John Sandell C-9322
March 28, 2008
Dear Bob and Vicki, Coach and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Bobs dad. Although we are many miles away we want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy + Charles Maguire
March 28, 2008
I had the privilege of meeting Dick at a Founders of Sport Parachuting get together several years ago in Jacksonville, FL. He was a great asset to the sport of skydiving and his presence will be missed.
Michael Turoff
March 28, 2008
Everyone knows about Dick's enormous contributions to skydiving judging. What meant more to me was his meticulous approach to safety issues over a period of 15 years as Area Safety Officer for Connecticut and Rhode Island. His integrity and good sense in that area served CPI in ways difficult to measure. He was my model in that role.

We continue to lose our founders. As with Vic Deveau, they broke the mold when they made this guy.
John Jefferies
March 28, 2008
I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family. Dick accomplished a lot in the parachuting world and we are thankful for that.
Bob McDermott, Golden Knight
March 28, 2008
To Dick Barber's family, so sorry for your loss. Also the loss to the parachuting community. Remembering times spent in his company brings a smile. He will be missed by many - including me. Tee D462
Tee Taylor
March 28, 2008
You will be missed by everyone .. it is people like you that made our sport what it is today..
Jim Ljunggren D-27265
Jim Ljunggren
March 28, 2008
I remember Dick well from my days at Orange and my short time with C.P.I. He was one of my many mentors in the sport. He will be missed.
Doug Seed C-6045
March 28, 2008
Dick was a smart and funny guy whose company I always enjoyed. I'll miss him.
Keith LaRiviere
March 28, 2008
Lee Guilfoyle
March 28, 2008
The list of oldtimers keeps getting shorter. I am glad we new each other. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Steve Goodman
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