COLONIE – Shawn Patrick Barber, 46, of Colonie, died peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2011 with his family by his side at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Shawn was born in Albany, and lived in the area all his life. He was a graduate of Albany High School and Bryant & Stratton College, and was employed as a quality assurance engineer by Treo Solutions in Troy.
Shawn is survived by his beloved wife Sandy Laube Barber; his daughter Olivia Cora Barber; his parents Ann Bardon Barber and James Barber of Albany; his mother in law Dottie Lapis; his brothers Ed Barber (Sandy) of Stoughton, MA, Jim Barber (Lisa) and Steve Barber (Trish) of Schoharie, and Mike Barber (Colleen) of Narrowsburg; and by several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for Shawn during his illness, and also his employer, Treo Solutions, for the extreme concern and flexibility they extended to him during his illness.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:00, and from there to The Church of St. Clare, 1947 Central Ave., in Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of Saint Clare, 1947 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Regina and Steve Wagner
We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Sandy and Olivia on the loss of Shawn. We met Shawn several times at get-togethers at Michael’s home. He impressed us as a very nice person who cared about his family. Michael has told us of Shawn’s incredible courage during his illness. May your family take great comfort in knowing that Shawn is now at peace.
Special thoughts to our good friends Michael, Colleen, and Chloe on the loss of Shawn. They are such kind and generous people who should not have to go through such tough challenges.
And, of course, we have not forgotten about Grannie Annie. May the Lord protect her and guide her as she accepts one of life’s greatest challenges.
Our prayers are with the entire Barber family. God bless!
Ed and Family
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My family and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort knowing that Shawn is now with the angels and is no longer in pain. He will always be watching over you. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
Zola and Don Bouquot
Sandy and family, We have such fond memories of our visits with you. You are in our prayers. A good man died too young. Love, Zola and Don
Ed and Family,
My deepest sympathies for your loss.
Tom & Jackie Citriniti
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed working with Shawn at MapInfo. He was always a pleasure to work with, had a great sense of humor, and always willing and able to get things done.
He was one of those men who carried themselves with dignity and a sense of humility in all phases of his life. I very much respect and admire that memory of him.
He will be deeply missed and we will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Leslie Staigar Dussault
Although it’s been many, many years since we’ve seen each other, I am writing to express my condolences with the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Leslie Staigar Dussault (SSHS1986@aol.com)
Jim and Ann,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your life.
nancy and Dick
Class of 1982
We the Gray and Blue class of 1982 SALUTE the Barber family and send our prayers of comfort and heart felt condolences.
Melissa Kahler (Spadaro)
The Barber Family,
On behalf of my father, Anthony Spadaro and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to all of you during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I can only wish that half the strength my brother has had the last few years. I love you and miss you soooo much…
I am so sorry for your loss. To have family that is close to your heart is a blessing….To picture a hole in that family is beyond anything words can discribe….. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Tanya, Ken and Gabrielle Cohen
we are close friends of Mike, Colleen and Chloe and learned of Shawn’s courageous fight. All of our best to the Barber family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tanya, Ken and Gabrielle Cohen
“Life is a Journey, and Death not ends it”.
I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.
Sandy and Olivia, your love and dad will be with you always, and I will be there if you need me. I have not forgotten and never will.
so sorry to hear of your loss
Bill and Lynn Bailey
Ed and Family,
We are deeply sadness by your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your life. I know the pain you feel at Shawn’s passing, but I hope you find comfort in the fact that he is no longer in pain.
Our prayers are with you and your family,
May God wrap his arms around you and your family ; and grant you some comfort during the days ahead.
The Barber Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless Shawn and his family.
For 28 years you’ve been a best friend, Best Man, Godfather, and moral compass. I’ve heard it said that our pain only serves to remind us just what kind of great person you were. Thanks again for all have given to us. Gone too soon, but you will live in our hearts forever.
shawn, you showed me punk rock, you showed me kindness and happiness. you were a great friend.. you will be missed. i hope you do some real work from where ever you are.. some miracles for those you love here in this dimension! i am sure you will as you are the most generous of souls… love you… forever
Beth (Bardon), Chris and Charlotte Roy
Auntie Ann, Uncle Jim, and cousins Ed, Jim, Steve, and Mike-
I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child or a brother, but I hope that the love and wishes from family and friends give you strength at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Beth, Chris, and Charlotte Roy
Though I sit here with a heavy heart on one of the saddest days of my life, the thoughts expressed by all of our brother’s friends, family and work colleagues allowed us to smile and remember Shawn as he was.Thanks to all of the old St. Margaret Mary neighborhood friends who stopped to talk to us, some who we had not seen in 40 years! Thanks to all Shawn’s co-workers at Treo Solutions, MAPINFO and his other employments who shared their memories with us. Thanks to “The Neighborhood” (you all know who you are) for the extraordinary things you did to help Sandy and our family through this difficult time. To all Shawn’s friends and our family friends who have expressed their thoughts to us in so many ways, we thank you! Thanks to my wife Sandy, my sisters – in – law Lisa, Colleen and Trish for being me and my brother’s best friends. Thanks to all the “nieces and nephews who came up big in so many ways, sometimes with just a quick hug and a smile. Uncle Shawn would have been so proud of all you guys. We miss you Shawn Patrick, but I know you are smiling knowing that amongst the tears there were a lot of smiles and some laughs. It’s just the way you would have wanted it bro!.
Sandy, I just heard of Shawns’ passing and I am so sorry for your loss. The two of you were 2 peas in a pod. May all of the good times be held close to your heart for warm memories, may a sudden breeze let you know that Shawn is near, or a scent in the air. He will for sure be watching over you and Olivia as he sits in heaven above. My prayers go out to you.
Rosemary (Rosie) Reynolds
Dear Sandy and Family,
I just found out and my heart is broken, my prayers and thoughts are with you and Olivia . May God’s blessings be with you and your family always and remember Shawn will always be with you and watching over his family and friends. Take care, Rosie
Ray and Bonnie Rieger
It is very sad to hear of the loss of your son Shawn. As you know we have lost two sons and we will remember them always. August 9 will be the 20th anniversary of our youngest son’s death. Keep Shawn in your hearts and your thoughts.
Miki Fretto (Autotask Co-worker)
Dear Sandy and Family – I’m so sorry to hear of Shawn’s passing. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him — he’s such a good person. He constantly talked about you and Olivia while he was at work. My thoughts are with you…
I just happen to see this. It’s been years since I was in touch with Shawn’s parents…Ann and Jim. Jim is my first cousin.
I am so very sorry about the passing of your son. Special prayers to Shawn’s family and all those who loved him.
Shawn was a co-worker and I remember him as deeply passionate about his family. He has winged his way onward and is in a better place. Our Prayers for his progress and for his family’s well being.