Williamsport, MD - Paul William Barr, 74, of Williamsport, Maryland passed away peacefully on Friday, January 29, 2021 at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Claudia and his daughters Elena and Emily at his side.
Born in the West End of Hagerstown, MD on October 26, 1946, he was the son of the late Edgar Leroy “Whiskey” Barr and Pauline Frances “Pete” (Randall) Barr Griffith.
Paul was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School, class of 1964 and received numerous EMS certifications from the University of Maryland.
He proudly served as a Specialist with the 1007th Light Maintenance Army Reserve Unit of Hagerstown, MD for 6 years.
For over 20 years, Paul volunteered with the former Williamsport Ambulance Company 29 and held positions of Chief, President and Board Member.
He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church in Williamsport, MD.
Paul was a member of Potomac Post #202 American Legion, Williamsport, MD; Conococheague Tribe #84 I.O.R.M. Williamsport, MD; Western Maryland Sportsman Club, Sharpsburg, MD; Western Enterprise Fire Company Station #4, Hagerstown, MD and was a loyal member of the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club.
He was employed with the Maryland Ribbon Company for over 20 years, held Management positions at Citicorp in Hagerstown, MD, Trans-Tech in Adamstown, MD and ultimately retired from DOT Foods in Williamsport, MD after 15 years of dedicated service. Even though Paul was retired he stayed connected with the DOT family and looked forward to playing “Santa Barr” every year at the Company’s Christmas Party.
Paul is survived by his wife of 51 years, Claudia J. (Bowen) Barr; two daughters that he was immensely proud of Elena C. Keller and her husband John K. Keller of Ellicott City, MD and Emily S. Barr of Hagerstown, MD; 4 grandchildren Maxx Keller, Spencer Keller, Anna Keller and Champ Summers; his two loveable furry companions Bizzy and Kirby; brother Charles “Eddie” Barr and wife Judy Barr of Hagerstown, MD; brother in law Donald E. Butts of Hagerstown, MD; several nieces, nephews and their families and an abundance of faithful friends.
Paul was preceded in death by one sister Judith L. Butts.
Paul had a larger than life personality and he always had a funny story or a joke to share. Those that knew Paul loved him. There wasn’t a beer he didn’t like or a food he wouldn’t try. Some of his favorite hobbies and pastimes included; hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards, enjoying a campfire with his family, feeding the deer and foxes that would visit his property, sitting on his deck with his binoculars looking at wildlife and Sunday car rides through the mountains with his wife that usually included a stop for ice cream.
The family would like to thank Paul’s Nurses and Doctors at Meritus Medical Center and give a very special thank you to Dr. Thomas M. Scalea and Dr. Sharon M. Henry of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD for going above and beyond for us. God bless you all for the love, respect, kindness and care that you showed for Paul and his family.
The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home, P.A. 425 S. Conococheague St. Williamsport, MD on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral home will be open after 9:00 am on Friday for the convenience of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, P.A. 425 S. Conococheague St. Williamsport, MD on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Delancy Catlett officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park Hagerstown, MD. For those that will not be able to attend the funeral service, the service will be live streamed on Osborne Funeral Home, P.A. Facebook page.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Williamsport Volunteer Fire & EMS, 2 Brandy Drive Williamsport, MD 21795 or the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21740.
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