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Obituary: Robert Sylvester Barra, 1932-2020

Despite narcolepsy diagnosis, Vermont man traveled the world

Published February 14, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Updated February 14, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Robert Barra
  • Robert Barra

Our dearest brother, Bob Barra, died February 4, 2020, at the Arbors in Shelburne. He was born Robert Sylvester Barra to Robert R. and Marion (LaVallee) Barra on March 14, 1932.

In spite of never attending college, Bob was one of the most well-read men around. He always knew a little something about any subject one could come up with.

Bob was diagnosed with narcolepsy in his early forties. Because of that disease, Bob gave up driving voluntarily; in spite of that vicious disease, he became a world traveler. His "itchy feet" took him to Europe, Mexico, China, India, Nepal, Bali and even Timbuktu! We hope, if there is an Afterlife, he'll be traveling to all the places that he hasn't visited yet. (We also hope he'll go to the restaurants he's never been to, to sample all the meals that his little heart desires.)

Robert Barra
  • Robert Barra

Bob leaves behind his sisters, Pat of South Burlington and Beth of Rutland; his brothers, Jim of Fort Collins, Colo., and Phil (Dr. Sue Erisman) of Danville; his nephews, Robert and Justin; numerous cousins; and his special friends Peter Charlton, Susan Roland and George Silver.

We would especially like to thank Peter Charlton and Robin Hood, Susan Roland, Greg and Barb Thayer, Glen Bassett, Ed Merritt, and Paula Terenzini for their kind and never-ending help.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; his nephew, Christopher Day; and his lifelong buddy Thomas Schumpf.

A celebration of his life will take place at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Vermont Foodbank, P.O. Box 254, South Barre, VT 05670; Amnesty International; the American Civil Liberties Union; or your favorite charity.

Happy trails to our dear brother.

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