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In Memoriam – Robert S. Barber

Robert S. Barber, president and CEO of BMI Supply, a Sustaining member of USITT, died unexpectedly January 1. He was 54 years old.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, he grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. He lived in Queensbury, New York. Mr. Barber earned his BA at Limestone College and went on to earn an MFA in technical theatre at Florida State University.

A passionate businessman, he took great pride in serving his customers across the theatre and entertainment industry. BMI Supply will continue operating with the customer service and overall business principles upon which Mr. Barber founded the company. He was a generous supporter of USITT and its Regional Sections, and members may remember him for his participation in past Annual Conference & Stage Expo events.

His great passion was cooking "Real Southern BBQ," including savory chicken and hickory smoked ribs with slathering sauce. He loved to share these treats with family, friends, and business associates.

He volunteered as a board member of Queensbury Youth Baseball and Softball for many years including umpiring and running softball tournaments. In addition to donating his time, he was a generous financial donor to many local causes.

Mr. Barber was a member of the Adirondack Baseball Umpires Association. He also umpired softball and aspired to be a varsity official.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Ida Shaw Barber, and his sister, Ida May Summers.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy and two children, Alexander and Christina; and his sister, Amelia Clement and her husband, John.

Mr. Barber’s family and the staff of BMI Supply express their deepest appreciation for the kind words and support that they have received.

Online condolences may be made by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 74 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or to a local chapter of the American Red Cross.

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