|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1955|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2010|
Master Sgt. Brian John Barrow, USAF Retired
BOSSIER CITY, LA - Brian John Barrow, 55, of Bossier City, decided to leave this world on July 11, 2010, and spend the rest of eternity with his Creator.
Brian was born April 27, 1955, in Glens Falls, New York, to Leonard and Helen (Archambeault) Barrow.
He graduated from Hudson Falls Senior High School and from the Norman Rockwell School of Art in 1972. In light of the Vietnam War, Brian joined the U.S. Air Force. He went on to serve his country for 24 ½ years including three years in the U.S. Army before sustaining service-related injuries. While serving, he earned numerous awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. In 2005, Brian earned his Bachelor's Degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
Recently, Brian was involved in the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Red Cross, LSUS Continuing Education, the LSUS Alumni Association, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Posse, the Scottish Society of the Louisiana Hielands, the Multicultural Center of the South, and was a lector, a sacristan, a Holy Minister of Communion, and an usher at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bossier City.
He thoroughly enjoyed music, art, acting, singing, culture, religion, teaching, the outdoors, and helping others. He also loved to play the bagpipes with his two sons at various annual events.
Sadly, the deep frustration and anxiety associated with the bureaucratic processes of the Veteran Affairs Department and Social Security Administration placed a heavy toll on his health in the latter part of his life.
Brian is survived by his sons, Alfred and Seth Barrow; ex-wife Maureen Lustberg; stepmother, Ruth Greenberg; half-brother, Ralph Smith; uncle, William "Tiny" Sheldrick; aunts, Winifred "Winnie" Bousquet and Grace Archambeault; cousins, Dorothy Bellaire, Fannie Ryan-Monroe, Leslie Ryan, and Kevin Archambeault; niece, Kimberly Smith; nephew, Max Smith; and other various family members.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis and Helen Archambeault, and Mr. and Mrs. John Barrow; parents, Leonard and Helen Barrow; stepfather, Irving Greenberg; uncles, Louis, John, Joseph, and Gene Archambeault; aunts, Eva Aubin, Mary Sheldrick, and Rose Ryan; and other various family members.
Family, friends, and guests are invited to attend a funeral Mass for Brian at St. John Berchmans Cathedral, Shreveport, on Tuesday, July 20 at 1pm followed by a graveside service at Hill Crest Cemetery. Pallbearers will include members of the Knights of Columbus and those from his church family. A visitation/vigil will be held at Aulds Funeral Home on Monday, July 19 from 6pm to 8pm. Please make donations to the BRIAN JOHN BARROW MEMORIAL FUND at any Regions branch. Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.auldsfuneral.com.
Brian is most known for his sincere kindness and friendship to all. He will be missed by many, and he will certainly miss those he left behind. If only we had one more day to spend with him.
Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
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