Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy
1933 - 2020
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Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy
Fauntleroy, Barbara Gavin, of Ridgefield, CT, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 6th, at the age of 87. She is survived by her husband, Clarence "Clancy" Fauntleroy and by her children, Barbara Fauntleroy Howard, Steven Fauntleroy and James Fauntleroy, her grandchildren, Bill Fuller, Justin Fauntleroy and Thomas Fauntleroy and great granddaughter, Aria James Fuller. She is also survived by her sisters, Caroline Gavin McNeill, Patricia Gavin Cincotta, Marjorie Gavin Lewis and Chloe Gavin Beatty.
Barbara was born in Washington, DC in 1933 to Irma Baulsir Gavin and Lt. General James Maurice Gavin, who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. His postings took them all over the world. She attended The Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Cornell University, and The George Washington University.
As a wife and mother, she was active in everything from co-creating a cooperative preschool to the League of Women Voters, and a career at Abbott Laboratories, but her main dedication was to the veteran paratroopers of the 82nd. She traveled many times, often with her family, to Normandy, France and Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to attend ceremonies honoring her father and the courageous young men who followed him into battle. Known as "The Daughter of the 82nd" she was an Honorary Life Member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and attended many events, including the annual D-Day ceremony at West Point where General Gavin is buried. Her book "The General & His Daughter" was composed of excerpts from the more than 200 letters General Gavin wrote her spanning from Ft. Bragg in 1943 to New York City's victory parade in 1946.
Barbara and Clancy retired first to New Canaan, Connecticut, and then to Ridgefield. A service in her memory will be held at a future date at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan. Donations in her memory may be made to the Education Fund of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, PO Box 87482, Fayetteville, NC 28304.



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Published in New Canaan Advertiser & The Ridgefield Press on Dec. 15, 2020.
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January 6, 2021
It hurt Vickie and I to hear that we lost Barbara. She was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. We always looked forward to visit with her and Clancy at the Conventions. Sometimes the four of us would go out for dinner and that was a joy and fun evening. Barbara was a paratrooper even if she never jumped from a airplane in flight. Rest in peace Barbara and know your mission in life was accomplished. Airborne All The Way!
Allen and Vickie Schoppe
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December 25, 2020
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CAROLINE MCNEILL
December 21, 2020
Dear family Gavin Fauntleroy
Loosing Barbara must feel harsh and seems almost unrealistic.
A fine and caring woman, that’s how we will remember her.

She did an amazing job representing her father at numerous occasions.
Her interest in every individual she met overshadowed the importance of the event she was invited to. But when called to the stage she looked dignified and ready, and knew very well what to say.

Her last visit to the Groesbeek area was in November 2013 with Jim and Eric. We had the honor to accompany her to the opening of the new Bridge The Crossing at Nijmegen on the 23rd.
In retrospect some weeks after this ceremony she told us: “I read part of a letter that my father wrote toward the end of the 82nd’s time in Holland. He was sad, knowing that there was more fighting yet to be done in the war and that fighting meant the loss of the lives of more young men. He ended with. “There should be no fighting, no wars. Above all else that is what we hope we are fighting for now.” I believe that is the message he would have wanted me to bring on that special occasion. It is wonderful that you all have not forgotten the young men who gave their lives to bring liberty to your country.”

Rest in Peace dear Barbara.

Groesbeek Airborne Friends Foundation
Marco Cillessen
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