Barry W. Widenor
Died: Oct 14, 2019
Widenor
 WIDENOR, Barry Westfall, 80, of Hackettstown, NJ, died peacefully October 14th in Flemington, NJ. He is survived by his beloved children: daughter Karen and her husband William Ruane of Washington, NJ, and son Joel and his wife Christine of Kensington, MD. He is also survived by his devoted sister, Beverly Ciceran of Belvidere, NJ, and his beloved nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his fellow parishoners at Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

Born in Easton, PA, son of the late Carl and June (Lozier) Widenor, Barry grew up in Belvidere, NJ. A mainstay of his life in Belvidere was the former Widenor building, built in 1892 with the family hardware store on the first floor. He graduated from Lafayette College, where he studied industrial engineering. Later in his career, Barry was a Purchasing Manager for Avdel Cherry Textron, where he worked for many years. Upon his retirement in 2001, he began his second “career” volunteering his time to help others. He was an active volunteer for many organizations, including Hackettstown Hospital, where his kind and compassionate spirit helped cheer patients and staff. He was also a faithful usher and active member of his church community. In recognition of his tireless volunteer efforts, he was inducted into the Hackettstown Area Senior Hall of Fame in 2002 and was also recognized by the United Way and WAEB as a “Someone Special Volunteer” in 2003. Barry believed it was his purpose in life to do God’s work by helping others. He also enjoyed gardening, walking and reading, particularly Civil War history, and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Douglas Widenor, and by his son Mark. A quiet and caring man, Barry treasured his friends and family and always had an enthusiastic smile for all he encountered. 

 

Visitation followed by a funeral service will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 8 - 10 am with services beginning at 10 am.  Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ.

 

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington, NJ as well as the caring staff and volunteers of Hunterdon Hospice. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church (213 Main Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840) or to Hunterdon Hospice (2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington, NJ 08822).

 

Condolences:

John Lavin
#4
March 3rd, 2021
Very sad to see him go! I met Barry when he was living upstairs from my now deceased Father-in-law Joe, as they both had apartments across from the Hackettstown Hospital. I would pick up my two granddaughters close by his apartment, and as I waited for them in my car outside their home, Barry would be taking his normal walks and would stop to chat and say hello to the girls. Such a great guy. This world needs a lot more people like Barry. He will be missed.
Lori DeLorenzo
#3
November 2nd, 2019 2:21 pm
My sympathies to you and your family. Barry was my sunshine on Sunday mornings. I would always go to the pew where he sat each week. He would stand up and greet me with a warm smile and big hug. We would chat about the weather, holidays, his health, or how is week was. It was during those chats that I learned I went to school with his kids, Mark and Karen. I will miss those short visits with him each Sunday. I pray for you and your family during this difficult time.
Nancy J DeWitt
#2
October 20th, 2019 2:21 pm
Sincerest sympathies to all of Barry's family~ I remember Barry so well from Trinity Church. He was a faithful parishioner and we even had the honor of serving communion together one Sunday at Trinity. He was indeed a kind, quiet and caring man. I am grateful for the honor of knowing Barry.
Keith and Julie Ryan
#1
October 20th, 2019 10:14 am
Barry was a fellow TUMC parishioner and friend. We always enjoyed seeing him in the pews where he would call out our names with a smile and a hardy handshake. We will miss our friend but know he is in God’s loving arms. Our condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing him with us.