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William Barber

Beverly Hills, Florida

October 9, 1937 - April 20, 2024

William Barber Obituary

William Barber, of Beverly Hills, Florida, age 86, died on April 20, 2024. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Audrey Barber, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage, and is survived by his son, William Barber, and daughter-in-law, Erica, along with their children, Caelan, Benjamin, and Jeremy. He is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen Ponce, and her children, Jorge, Nicole, Timothy, Rick, and James. Additionally, Bill is survived by his twelve great-grandchildren, twenty-two nieces and nephews, his brothers Robert Barber, Donald Barber, and Richard Barber, as well as his in-laws, Noel and Joan Johnson, Mark and Judy Valenti, and Jean Kelly.



Bill was born in Queens, NY, the son of James and Christine Barber. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he enlisted in the Army and served for five years, teaching radar and navigation. While raising his family, he attended Queens College, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering and later obtaining a master’s in physics from Stony Brook University. He worked for over 25 years as an aerospace engineer at Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York. During the United States Apollo program, Bill instructed radar and navigation to the astronauts who piloted the Lunar Module spacecraft to the Moon. He later trained pilots flying Grumman's F14 fighter planes launched from Navy aircraft carriers worldwide. Following his retirement from Grumman, Bill spent a decade at the local College of Central Florida teaching digital electronics to aspiring engineers.


Although Bill was a tireless worker, and a dedicated engineer, he never lost sight of what was most important, his family, who felt cherished and loved by him. Bill enjoyed and regularly visited his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, in-laws and brothers, attending family wedding, birthdays, sporting events, concerts, etc. He also maintained a lifelong relationship with his older sister, Janet Hencken, who recently passed away, and supported his oldest brother, James Barber, also deceased.


Bill and his beloved wife, Audrey, traveled extensively worldwide, and whether he was visiting the Great Wall of China, the Roman Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, or circumnavigating Iceland, Bill made lasting friendships across the globe and nurtured those relationships over the years. Bill worked hard to make all feel welcome and cared for, taking an interest in the details of others’ lives, both big and small. He had a giant intellect, a great sense of humor, and generous spirit, Bill left a lasting impact on all those he encountered.



Throughout his life, Bill was an avid baseball fan and sports enthusiast, rooting on the Yankees for over eighty years, going back to the glory days of DiMaggio followed by one of his favorites, Micky Mantle—these greats second only to his grandchildren, whose basketball games he never missed. Bill will be so dearly missed, but all who loved him will take comfort in the fact that he never missed an opportunity to enjoy life, and the people around him.


A private burial service will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors on May 20, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.




To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Barber hosted by Hooper Funeral Homes.

William Barber, of Beverly Hills, Florida, age 86, died on April 20, 2024. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Audrey Barber, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage, and is survived by his son, William Barber, and daughter-in-law, Erica, along with their children, Caelan, Benjamin, and Jeremy. He is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen Ponce, and her children, Jorge, Nicole, Timothy, Rick, and James. Additionally, Bill is survived by his twelve great-grandchildren, twenty-two nieces and nephews, his brothers Robert Barber, Donald Barber, and Richard Barber, as well as his in-laws, Noel and Joan Johnson, Mark and Judy Valenti, and Jean Kelly.



Bill was born in Queens, NY, the son of James and Christine Barber. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he enlisted in the Army and served for five years, teaching radar and navigation. While raising his family, he attended Queens College, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering and later obtaining a master’s in physics from Stony Brook University. He worked for over 25 years as an aerospace engineer at Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York. During the United States Apollo program, Bill instructed radar and navigation to the astronauts who piloted the Lunar Module spacecraft to the Moon. He later trained pilots flying Grumman's F14 fighter planes launched from Navy aircraft carriers worldwide. Following his retirement from Grumman, Bill spent a decade at the local College of Central Florida teaching digital electronics to aspiring engineers.


Although Bill was a tireless worker, and a dedicated engineer, he never lost sight of what was most important, his family, who felt cherished and loved by him. Bill enjoyed and regularly visited his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, in-laws and brothers, attending family wedding, birthdays, sporting events, concerts, etc. He also maintained a lifelong relationship with his older sister, Janet Hencken, who recently passed away, and supported his oldest brother, James Barber, also deceased.


Bill and his beloved wife, Audrey, traveled extensively worldwide, and whether he was visiting the Great Wall of China, the Roman Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, or circumnavigating Iceland, Bill made lasting friendships across the globe and nurtured those relationships over the years. Bill worked hard to make all feel welcome and cared for, taking an interest in the details of others’ lives, both big and small. He had a giant intellect, a great sense of humor, and generous spirit, Bill left a lasting impact on all those he encountered.



Throughout his life, Bill was an avid baseball fan and sports enthusiast, rooting on the Yankees for over eighty years, going back to the glory days of DiMaggio followed by one of his favorites, Micky Mantle—these greats second only to his grandchildren, whose basketball games he never missed. Bill will be so dearly missed, but all who loved him will take comfort in the fact that he never missed an opportunity to enjoy life, and the people around him.


A private burial service will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors on May 20, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.




To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Barber hosted by Hooper Funeral Homes.

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