Winsted: James J. Barber, Jr., 98, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Torrington Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was the husband of the late Constance (Dickson) Barber who died in 2011. Born in Winsted on April 2, 1923, he was the son of the late James and Josephine (Filli) Barber and lived in the Winsted area all of his life. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the Gilbert School, class of 1941. He was also a Navy Veteran of WWII spending part of his enlistment on board the USS Bremerton. His father opened Jimmy’s tavern in the early forties. Sometime after his Naval career, Jim & two of his brothers joined their father in running Jimmy’s Restaurant for 15+years. Jim was a 67 year member of the Winsted Elks Lodge & a lifetime member of the Winsted VFW. During his lifetime he was a very good bowler on a Torrington league for several years. He loved horse racing, sports & loved playing poker. Around the age of 12 he started playing pool. He became so proficient at it, he made many trips to Las Vegas to play in pool tournaments, even competing against the incomparable Willie Mosconi. He retired in 2016 at the age of 93 after 40+ years as a Deputy Sheriff & CT State Marshall. His survivors include four children, Jeffrey Barber, James Barber III, Connie Barber all of Winsted, and Lynette (Michael) Bell of Hodgdon, ME; one brother, Joseph Te of Torrington; a sister, Frances Pescatore of Torrington; seven grandchildren, Adam (Ashley), Jeremy (Eleanore), Caleb (Megan), Justin, James, Brittany and Haley (Zach); seven great grandchildren, Wes, Lilah, Phoebe, Michael, Katelyn, Charlotte and Violet & many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Barber and three sisters, Lucy Amrich, Katherine Barber and Carmella Mitchell. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at St. Joseph Church at 11:00 AM. There are no calling hours. Graveside services with full military honors are on April 29, 2022 at 11:00 am. at Forest View Cemetery in Winsted, CT. Family and friends are invited to meet at the Winsted Elks Lodge on High Street immediately after mass.
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