Richard Barber

Obituary of Richard M Barber

Richard M. Barber, age 83, formerly of Union and East Orange, NJ passed peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Haven Hospice.

Born June 28, 1937 in Newark, NJ. Son of the late Andrew and Edna McGuiness Barber. Richard was predeceased by the love of his life Joan Marie Cooney Barber on December 10, 2014.

Raised in East Orange, NJ, Richie was a graduate of East Orange High School. He spent much time working in the family's florist shop before joining the United States Marine Corp. After his military service, Richie pursued a career in law enforcement and joined the East Orange Police Department. He achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant and worked as an investigator with the Arson Squad.

Upon retiring, Richie and his wife Joan moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where he enjoyed many rounds of golf, cruises with friends and visits from family.

Richie was a member and past President of NJ State PBA Local #16, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4504 in Union NJ, member of the Emerald Society and was named 1995 Irishman of the Year in East Orange.

Richard is survived by his beloved children, daughter: Tricia Marra and husband Peter of Clinton Twp, NJ and three sons: Thomas Barber and wife Lori of Manalapan, NJ; Kenneth Barber and wife Valerie of Basking Ridge, NJ and Jeffrey Barber and wife Brenda of Toms River, NJ; grandchildren: Jenna, TJ, Amanda, Alexa, Michael, Christian, Taylor, Colin, Matthew, Cole, Haley and Nicholas; great grandchild: Layton.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 24th at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may gather with the family on Sunday, November 22nd from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Martin Funeral Home, 1761 Route 31, Clinton NJ 08809. To send words of condolence to the family please visit

In lieu of flowers donations in Richard's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association


Memorial Gathering at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Martin Funeral Home
1761 Route 31
Clinton, New Jersey, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Immaculate Conception Church
316 Old Allerton Road
Annandale, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Immaculate Conception Mausoleum
316 Old Allerton Road
Annandale, New Jersey, United States
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