Alan R. Barr

April 20, 1944November 1, 2013

Alan R. Barr, 69, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Manahawkin, NJ. Born in Irvington, Alan was raised in Matawan and eventually retired to live in Manahawkin in 1998. He was employed by the Roselle Park Board of Education for 31 years where he worked as a wood shop teacher. Alan was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed crabbing, as well as woodworking. He was also an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

Alan was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Alice Barr, and his brother Douglas. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 31 years, Judyann, as well as a large extended family who will all miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 5 from 4-8 PM at the McCracken Funeral Home 1500 Morris Ave Union, NJ. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 6 at 11AM, with interment to follow at Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  • Committal Service Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Alan R. Barr

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Darcy (Molnar) Errington

November 26, 2013

Judy Ann,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. As you pass through this time of sorrow, may you be comforted by God's grace, and the understanding that love is eternal.

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Alex Fenik

November 24, 2013

This was a friendly, capable, steady man who made wood shop safe and lots of fun. His class in 7th grade introduced me to working with wood as a form of artistic expression, a medium I still work in today. I wish I had had a chance to thank Mr. Barr. As it is, a little piece of his energy and enthusiasm is in every piece I produce. A wonderful man.

Doris Rounds-Sullivan

November 16, 2013

Alan was one of my classmates in the Matawan School District from first grade through graduation from Matawan Regional High School in 1963. He was going to be part of our 50th class Reunion October 26th.

He was always an upbeat, creative and involved student and friend. He was well liked by all and will be greatly missed. As a classmate we all liked and respected Alan. I have great sympathy for his loved ones.

Richie Kalt

November 5, 2013

"Clem" was a super guy..we had a some really great and fun times at Newark State

Linda Erdmann Brown

November 5, 2013

Alan was a Matawan friend from school. Always nice. Always had time for others. R.I.P. And Godspeed Alan.
My sympathies and thoughts are with his family.

Gary Motyczka

November 4, 2013

Great teacher and interesting to talk to. One of those teachers everybody remembers. I remember he would scribble in pencil on your project if it wasn't sanded well enough so you had to re-sand it to remove the pencil. No cheating allowed in his class. LOL RIP Mr Barr.

MIchael Adams

November 4, 2013

Mr. Barr taught me many skills I use to this day. He was a great teacher and will be remembered fondly by all of the people he taught over the years.
My sincerest condolences to Judy and her family.

Joni Lennon

November 4, 2013

Alan meant so much to so many. He guided me and all his students through so many projects, taught us patience, and gave us pride in ourselves. All of his students have nothing except praise for him. He was wonderful. I was fortunate enough to work in his shop on Galloping Hill Road during college, and my love for woodworking blossomed there. Thanks to Alan, I was able to carry on the art of working with wood, had my own shops, and still continue to build furniture. If he hadn't taught me how to use tools correctly (I nearly sawed off a finger once, but he pushed me back in time) I was able to build my own log cabin and furnish it. I still have the first beautiful bookshelf he helped me build, and a beautiful Jewelry box he made me for my 21st. Birthday, signed by him. I've always cherished them, as I will his smiling face, guidance, and friendship. I'm so sorry for your loss--