OBITUARY

Roger Moore Barr

September 25, 1934November 22, 2021

Roger Moore Barr of Sarasota, Florida, Upper Saddle River and Lavallette, NJ, beloved husband of Betsy, passed away peacefully in Sarasota on November 22, 2021.

Roger was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on September 25, 1934, son of the late Dr. Joseph Barr and Doris Blackshaw Barr. He later lived in Washington DC (1942-1945), Fair Lawn, NJ, Ramsey, NJ and Upper Saddle River, NJ before moving to Sarasota in 2008. Roger graduated from Paterson Eastside High School, obtained a BS degree from New York University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Roger was a varsity level track athlete throughout high school and college and became a nationally ranked long distance race walker.

Roger worked as an industrial engineer at Bendix Aviation, Eclipse Pioneer Division, Teterboro, NJ, then as a standards engineer at the Ford Motor Company, Mahwah, NJ. He was a senior computer programmer analyst at the System Development Corporation (SDC) of Santa Monica, California, where he worked on the Strategic Air Command Control System and the National Air Defense Control System. He also worked at the Western Union Corporate Office in Mahwah, NJ. His longest and final career was as the Bergen County 4-H Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service of Rutgers University. Roger attained the rank of full Professor at Rutgers University (College of Environmental and Biological Sciences – Cook College of Rutgers), and retired December 1993 after 25 years.

Roger was elected to the Northern Highlands Regional High School Board of Education in 1974, and served until 1978. Roger was an active member of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club since 1980, serving twice as President as well as a wide range of other offices and committee chairs, including chairman of the annual Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic. He was a Director of the CAMP YDP Board in Paterson for 10 years, serving two years as building chairman. Roger was on the Board of Directors of the Upper Saddle River Historical Society for over 20 years, a 4-H Leader in Bergen County for over 30 years, and a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), where he served as an executive board member of the Sarasota chapter. Roger was also an active member on the executive board of the Sarasota 4-H Foundation. One of Roger’s proudest professional accomplishments was being inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in October, 2014. Roger also loved playing golf and one of his proudest golf moments was hitting a hole in one in 2001.

He also loved doing handyman work and volunteering at Kurth Cottage at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. Roger loved every single day “living in paradise” in Sarasota, FL and especially loved his Chambery community in the Meadows.

Most of all he loved his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his loving wife Betsy of 66 years of marriage and 71 years of being together, and his three children, Deborah (Matt) Kohlbrenner of Ramsey, NJ, Janine Barr (Carl) of Lavallette, NJ and Roger Patton (Milli) Barr of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. He has five grandchildren, Julie Walker, Greg Yannalfo, Dane Boggio, Briana Kohlbrenner and Hannah Barr and two great grandchildren, Kyle and Morgan Walker. He is also survived by a niece Amy (Craig) Barr Press, a nephew Jim (Sarah) Hardy and two cousins Lance Blackshaw and Marty Barolsky.

A second memorial will be held in the near future in north Jersey. When it is scheduled, information will be posted on this website.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger’s name can be made to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B4, Sarasota, FL 34239, 941-917-1286, smhf.org).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmsrobartsfuneralhome.com for the Barr family.

Services

3 December

Gathering

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

3 December

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

3 December

Reception

12:30 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

Memories

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Anne Carter

November 30, 2021

We are very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He always had a smile and a friendly hello. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely,
John and Anne Carter

Gail Wellisch

November 30, 2021

Roger was fun lovely and always a pleasure to be around.
We were very sorry to hear the news of his passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.
Much love Gail and Joe Wellisch

Sarah Tyson

November 30, 2021

Dear Betsy and family,

I am deeply saddened to learn of Roger's passing. He was gentleman and always offered to help. My dear husband Harry used to smile and wave to him as Roger sat outside with his newspaper. Then he would say " when I grow up I want to be just like him" We enjoyed his smile so much. I will see you soon Betsy as I return this weekend. Praying for you to to have strength. Blessings for your family.

Warren Everett

November 30, 2021

Roger always made being with him interesting and fun. He and Betsy made a magnificent couple who often teamed to help so many others beyond Chambery Association events. Golfing was always entertaining at the different courses we played. Best always to you Betsy with the rest of your family. His smile and his strength will be remembered. Sincerely, Warren Everett

Deborah Moskowitz Harvey

November 29, 2021

Jan and family
Your dad was a wonderful man..such a sense of humor. I enjoyed every vacation we took at his house in Lafayette..i think i still have a key ..im so sorry for your loss,.like my father ; they both had an impact on everyone..he certainly will be missed.

Dennis Schubert

November 27, 2021

Roger was a good man. I always enjoyed his company whether it was at the Lions carnival, or at club meetings or work day at Camp Marsella. Roger always had a kind word or funny story to share. We have missed Roger and Betsy since they took up permanent residence in Sarasota, we consider them good friends.

Vic Heineman

November 26, 2021

Roger was the most easygoing, full of life, gentleman, who I met when joining the Lions club over 35 years ago. Always had a smile and a genuine, sincere - albeit sometimes more than witty - sense of humor. He made you feel at ease whatever the circumstance. His picture here says it all.
Sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy.

Judy Murray

November 26, 2021

Dear Betsy & family,
My deepest condolences to all of you for the loss of a very special person. I will remember him as a man who always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell and just loved every day of his life. May he Rest In Peace.
Judy Murray

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