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Obituary: John Barbour, 1948-2017 Underhill

Published July 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Updated July 11, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.

John Barbour
  • John Barbour

John, 68, of Underhill died unexpectedly on July 8, 2017, while running. John was born August 25, 1948, to James and Sarah Ellen Barbour in Nashville, Tenn.

John attended the Pomfret School in Connecticut and then Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he met his wife and partner of almost 48 years, Carla Hochschild. He was a student leader in the movement to end the Vietnam War and was respected by both students and faculty. In Vermont, John served as the executive director of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging for 26 years, retiring in 2014. He was active in his community and volunteered for numerous organizations and committees, working on issues that concerned him.

John was a tireless advocate for the communities he served, a beloved colleague, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. His droll sense of humor and extraordinary selflessness will be missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived, and sorely missed, by his wife, Carla, his children Emily and John Abraham, their partners Joe and Beatrice, his granddaughter Nora, his sisters Frances and Ellen, and his many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life and reception will be held at the Community Center of Jericho in Jericho on July 15, 2017, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jericho-Underhill Land Trust and the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho.

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