ALBANY – James O. Barber passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012 after a brief illness. Mr. Barber was born in Endwell, Town of Union, NY, the son of the late Charles and Helen Lena Amodeo Barber. He lived in Albany since early childhood, and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He also was employed for many years by the NYS Department of Labor until his retirement. In retirement he served as President, member of the Board of Directors, and Communications Chairperson for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO); and he worked as an independent safety and health consultant to the amusement ride industry. He also was a member of the Dead End Cruisers car club, a founding member of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Buick Club of America, and he loved traveling to NAARSO events around the country and spending time with his beloved canine companion Samson (Sammy Boy).
Mr. Barber is survived by his wife Ann E. Bardon Barber; his longtime companion Christine Timber; his sons Ed (Sandy), Jim (Lisa), Stephen (Patricia), and Michael (Colleen); his daughter in law Sandy Barber; his brothers Ron Barber (Barbara), and Charles Amodeo (Petey); his sister Mary Anne Amodeo; his grandchildren Tim, Dan, Jim and Emily; Jayme (Pat), Vanessa, and Raymond (Sarah); Olivia; Stephen and Jessica; and Chloe; his great grandchild Alex; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Shawn Patrick Barber.
A memorial service will be held at on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, One Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.