Howard R. Barton Jr., 1963 – 2018

Howard R. Barton Jr.
Howard R. Barton Jr., 1963 – 2018. Photo provided.

LUDLOW, Vt. – Howard Roy Barton Jr., of Ludlow, 55, died Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Springfield. He was born Jan. 25, 1963, in Springfield, the only son to Howard and Mary (Tuomisto) Barton. He married Susan Wallace Barton June 10, 1995.

He graduated in 1981 from Black River High School where he excelled as a downhill skier for the Okemo Mountain Racing Team, a goalie for Black River High School soccer, and a pitcher for their baseball team. He had four years of electrical school through the state of Vermont and had gone to the University of New Hampshire for management. He worked as a lineman and assistant superintendent for the Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department for over 35 years. He was an alternate member of Vermont Public Power Supply Authority. He was a selectman for the Town of Ludlow for over 21 years and spent 15 years as Chairman of the Board. He also served the town as a cemetery commissioner and spent over 20 years on the Ludlow Fire Department where he was chosen to be one of their captains. Also, he served on the Fletcher Farm Foundation and was a member of the Church of Annunciation.

He is survived by his parents Howard and Mary Barton; sisters, Sheila Barton and Marcia Dockum; his niece and nephews; and by the loves of his life, Susan Wallace Barton, and his daughters, Alexandra and Morgan Barton, from Ludlow.

He had a passion for making his children happy by loving and supporting them at their many soccer, basketball, and softball games as well as their educational achievements. He enjoyed biking, weightlifting, kayaking, decorating the house with Christmas lights, and eating ice cream. Howard made his family and pets his number one priority, and he will be missed by many.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Howard’s name to Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.

Friends and family can pay their respects at the celebration of life, officiated by Reverent Thomas Mosher at 7 Depot Street, Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Annunciation in Ludlow, Vt.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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