Robert C. LaBarre (“Bob”) beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3rd, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bob was a musician and dreamed of a career in music. Playing the drums, organ and piano. He was a co-owner of Turf Grass, Inc. located in Millburn, NJ for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War era and a compassionate volunteer after retirement for Habitat Humanity Re-Store, to name a few.
Preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Luther LaBarre, he is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Dlorah; his devoted children Debbie and her husband, Ernie Braun, of Stockholm, NJ, Jodi and her husband, Louis Magnotti of Memphis, TN, Jay and his wife, Jill LaBarre, of Randolph, NJ and the light of his eyes his grandchildren, Austin Robert Braun, Vito Jay Magnotti, Arianna Lee Magnotti and Jenna Nicole Braun and many grand pups as well.
Out of the many facets to Bob, perhaps it was that of the kindest, most gentle person, only heard him yell once. In his late twenties he met the love of his life, Dlorah, who already had three children, and wasn’t willing to let just anyone come into their lives. His sweet demeanor, constant benevolence, intelligence, and persistence finally paid off, and they married in 1980. Overnight, he instantly became a newlywed, man–of-the-house and father to three. From day one, they were his kids, always and forever. He survived many pre-teen and teenage-year questionable choices and decisions, times 3. He faced every one with love, humor, wit, and grace. His retirement years were truly lived for his wife, children, and grandchildren. Traveling to graduations and birthday celebrations trumped any vacation plans. He could fix just about any car or household appliance. His knowledge of weird and outlandish information was vast, and generally helpful, if not comical.