Matthew H. Barber
Barber, 21, a student at the University of Rhode Island, died on April 16, 2011. Born in Newport, he was the beloved son of Ronald and Beverley K. (Gebelein) Barber of Jamestown. He was a lifelong resident of Jamestown.
He was a graduate of the Jamestown schools and North Kingstown High School. He was finishing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in physics from URI. He was an engineering intern at Northrop Grumman for the past two summers. Most recently, he was completing his CapStone Engineering Project at American Power Conversion.
He was a warm-hearted, generous friend who was always willing to help. His latest adventure was a road trip with his friends to Washington, D.C. for the Rally to Restore Sanity. His favorite thing was to hang out with his friends, play video games, bake bread and watch movies.
He was the loving brother of Cheryl E. and Wesley J. Barber of Jamestown and the cherished grandson of James and Dorothy Barber of Hope Valley, Margery and Edward Greenan of Jamestown, and Edward Gebelein of Winsted, Conn. He is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
His Burial Rite will be held today — Thursday, April 21 — at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2374 Post Road, Suite 203, Warwick, RI 02886.