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Official Obituary of

Elroy Albert Barber

May 1, 1937 ~ March 28, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Elroy Barber Obituary

Elroy Albert Barber, age 86, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024. He was born in Worcester, a son of the late Warren and Gloria (Allaire) Barber. In 1941 he moved to Holyoke where he attended the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Assumption Preparatory High School in Worcester. He later went on to study at American International College in Springfield, and received an Associates Degree from Holyoke Community College. Elroy worked for 37 years at Moore Drop Forge (now Danaher Tool), mostly as a senior planner. His sports interests included sandlot football, slow pitch softball, basketball, canoeing and 28 years of playing tennis. When not directly participating in sports he was an enthusiastic fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and even the New York Giants. Throughout his adult life, Elroy was a man strongly committed to the Holyoke community, having served 17 years as the manager to the Holyoke Community College Orchestra, contributing countless hours to the construction of floats for the Saint Patrick’s Parade, volunteering for 8 years at the Holyoke Senior Center, and, in 2017, being selected as an honorary member and AOH Hibernian Man of the Year. He loved and was deeply loved by his family members. Elroy was predeceased by his wife of 26 years, Judith Ann Searles. He is survived by a daughter, Cindy Cary and her husband Steve, a son Steve Barber, two sisters: Elaine Pluta, and Elynne (Dave Ferioli); grandchildren: Robbie, Chris, Zab (wife Owen), Jon and Schuyler (fiancee Nick), and four great grandchildren: Max, Lela, Avery and Ethan.Calling hours will be held Thursday morning, April 4th from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by a funeral home service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke. In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm.

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Calling Hours
Thursday
April 4, 2024

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home
2049 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Funeral Service
Thursday
April 4, 2024

11:00 AM
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home
2049 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Burial
Thursday
April 4, 2024

Saint Jerome Cemetery
1666 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

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