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Edward W. Barber, horseman, master woodworker

Jan. 31, 1943 – Jan. 23, 2016

Edward W. Barber, of Clarence, a horseman and master woodworker, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore East High School and served in the Air Force Reserve. He took a job as a tool and die maker at Niagara Machine & Tool Works in Buffalo in 1964 and retired in 1988.

An owner of Friesian horses, Mr. Barber restored and repaired antique horse-drawn vehicles for dealers.

He was a member of the Carriage Association of America, took part in carriage driving competitions and was a former executive board member of the East Aurora Driving Society, which gave him its Charles F. O’Donnell Award in 2013.

Mr. Barber also was a skilled woodworker who built fine furniture and cabinetry. He also restored antique furniture for local dealers.

He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Carolyn Anchors; a godson, Carl Pfeifer; and numerous cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict’s Church, 1317 Eggert Road, at Main Street, Eggertsville.

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