Howard Pete Elias Barber

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Howard "Pete" Elias Barber

May 21, 1941 - January 30, 2019

Howard Pete Elias Barber Howard Elias (better known as Pete) Barber has passed from his earthly life into eternal life to join his parents and brothers on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. He was born to Ross W. and Beatrice M. (King) Barber on May 21, 1941, at Chazy Lake, N.Y. He enjoyed growing up in Chazy Lake with his brothers and many close cousins, aunts and uncles.
Pete graduated from Ellenburg Central School in 1960 and then went to work for Baily Motors in Dannemora where he remained as parts and service manager for 15 years.
In November 1963 he joined the U.S. Army Reserve, becoming an army cook.
On June 6, 1964, he married his sweetheart, Mary Laura Eggleston, at St. Joseph's Church in Dannemora. In 1970 he started a family business (Pete's Sales & Service) in Dannemora, which remained active and successful for 35 years under the operation of Pete, his wife and children.
He was elected to the office of Highway Superintendent for the Town of Dannemora in January 2004, an office he held for 9 years, retiring due to health problems.
In 2000 he and his wife built a lovely home on the lake in Chazy Lake where he also built a wood working shop, known as Pete's Wood 'N' Stuff. Many residents in the area have enjoyed many of his wonderful creations. Due to the onset of dementia, he had to give up his woodworking in 2015. In 2004 he helped to organize a band, called "The Back Porch Band," for which he was their emcee and played the mandolin and rhythm guitar for ten years. Pete was known as the Man who could fix anything.
He also has been a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus as a 3rd degree knight.
Besides his wife, Pete is survived by his three children and their spouses, Bruce and Sonya (Noel) Barber of Dannemora, Amy O'Neill and Keith O'Neil of Mooers, and Perry and Suzanne (LaDuke) Barber of Dannemora. Also a very special granddaughter, Janyll Barber of Dannemora. He is also survived by his two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Barber of Malone, Jane Barber LaLonde of Potsdam, brother-in-law Danny and sister-in-law Jo Eggleston of Saranac and sister-in-law Barbara and brother-in-law George Malloy of Albuquerque, N.M., and several nieces and nephews.
Pete was predeceased by his parents, brothers Tony Barber of Malone and Wilmer (Bud) Barber of Dannemora, many aunts, uncles, cousins and parents-in-law, Millard and Eleanor Eggleston of Dannemora.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Dannemora. Burial will be at a later date in Independence Cemetery in Saranac.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Pete's memory to Dannemora Fire Department, Lyon Mountain Fire Department, or Hospice of the North Country.
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Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
Published on February 1, 2019
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22 posts

Steve, Karla Jarvis and family
Feb 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss, out thoughts and prayers to all the family
JoAnn Layhee
Feb 04, 2019
Mary Laura and family, You are all in my thoughts with the passing of this great man, he certainly was well liked in the surrounding areas. Cherish the wonderful memories of the "man who could fix anything".
Rick & Susan StLouis
Feb 04, 2019
So sorry for loss, thoughts and prayers to your families
Tim ONeill
Feb 04, 2019
Sorry to ,hear about Pete. he will be greatly missed by all the people that had contact with him My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Stay strong for each other
Keith Ford
Feb 04, 2019
Pete was one of the nicest and smartest people I had ever met. His ability to fix things I had broke was awesome. There is a void in the community that I doubt will be easily filled. My condolences to his family and friends.
Bill & Darlene Liberty
Feb 03, 2019
Our condolences Mary Laura and the Barber family. Pete was a great guy everyone loved. I don’t think my dad (Bob Carter) missed many days stopping in and hanging out at Pete’s store!! They can now visit again in heaven 😇
Penny & James Borrette
Feb 03, 2019
Our condolences to the Barber Family
Ivan & Jean Merlin
Feb 03, 2019
Pete and Mary Laura were wonderful assets to our Hemmingford Coffee House as part of the Back Porch Band and as a truly positive couple. "Petey, gone but not forgotten. I know that Randal and you are playing your mandolins in Heaven above."
Susan and Tom Lawson Tupper Lake, Ny
Feb 02, 2019
Pete was a shining beacon of how we all should be. Real and loving. He was an angel that lived on earth. The words sweetness and kindness had no business of being invented before he was born. He was these words. Yet there are no words to properly describe his glowing warmth that captivated you or made you feel that everything was right with the world because Pete made up for the things that were not right. We shall miss him forever and be grateful for knowing him ...forever.
David Swift
Feb 02, 2019
One of the nicest people I ever knew. Rest In Peace Pete
Terry & Brenda Pelkey
Feb 02, 2019
Our condolences to The Barber Family.
Bert and Carol Tromblee
Feb 01, 2019
To our very dear friends, our hearts are full. You both have been very special and dear friends. We share lots of fun memories over many years like 54 years worth. Pete will be greatly missed. We love you both so very much. Prayers are with you and the family.
Peggy Wolcott
Feb 01, 2019
Pete, what can you say? He was a sweetheart and will be sorely missed. God bless you Mary Laura. You were a great care taker of Pete.
Jim Dowdle
Feb 01, 2019
So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed by many.
Jim Dowdle
Feb 01, 2019
So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed by many.
Penny Jones Bryant
Feb 01, 2019
My condolences to Mary Laura and family.
Cheryl Zeiner
Feb 01, 2019
My condolences to Mary Laura and family.
Dale & Helen Lavarnway
Feb 01, 2019
Pete will be sorely missed! Our Condolences to you and your Family!
Kate Franklin
Feb 01, 2019
Pete, you will be sorely missed by everyone you touched in your lifetime. God has gained a beautiful soul
Todd Delisle
Feb 01, 2019
What a great man he was love and prayers to the family
Judy (Barber) Palmer
Feb 01, 2019
Pete was a kind and generous person; always willing to help anyone he could. I last saw him at my brother's funeral last year. I know Tony and Bud welcomed him in heaven.
Jack and Marianne Lashway
Feb 01, 2019
Sorry to hear about Pete, he was a great guy & will be missed by all