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“To the VanHorn family. Barry was a great man. So very sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Janet - PA

“At a loss without a doubt ..... Met Barry 20 years ago . I worked for his chiropractor . Just found out today, so sad. So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Susie Pindar - somerville, NJ

“To the Van Horn family, So sorry for your loss. He will be surely missed at all the events he use to attend. He was a good friend. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: LILLIAN A VISCIONE - RARITAN, NJ

“Denny, Amy & BJ, I was so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. Sending prayers. Love Karen (from Essex Hunt Club many years ago) ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: KAREN Z WISNOSKY - Asbury, NJ

“Dear Denise and Family George and I wish to convey our sincerest thoughts and prayers to each of you during this trying time in the sudden loss...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: George and Beverly Sheats - NJ

“I would like to extend my condolences to the Van Horn family in the loss of Barry. I have known Barry for over 40 years, working with him frequently...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Ex Chief Robert Grear - Bono, AR

“Denise and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Barry. Our thoughts are with all of you. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Adrienne and Roger Graubard - NJ

“From the Standing Family our deepest condolences to the Van Horn family and all of Barry's friends. Barry dedicated his life to Somerville and it's...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff Standing - Hackettestown, NJ

“Just like to give my Condolences to the Van Horn Family for there lost. My throughs and prayers go out to the family. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Pinto - Bridgewater, NJ

“Denise, Very sorry for your loss! Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family! Chic ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Chic Jairdullo - NJ

“I will never forget fire fighters day at the school when Jen Van Gorder and I donned boots, hats, helmets- right before Barry whispered into my ear...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Richard O'Neill Jr. - Alturas, CA

“Dear Van Horn Family, My deepest condolences to all of you. I remember Barry when I first joined the Prosecutor's Office many years ago. Always a...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Joseph Rocchietti - NJ

“Dear Denise & Family, I knew Barry from the Somerset County Sheriff, where I too was a Correction Officer as well as Sheriff Dispatcher. During my...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Bob Douglas - Methuen, MA

“Dear Mrs. Van Horn and Family, I am so sorry about Barry, I worked with him in Manville. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Pattie...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Patricia Zamorski - Manville, NJ

“Thank you Barry for being our friend. Our PRAYERS are with the Van Horn family. May GOD BLESS YOU keep you strong ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Steve & Carolyn Stabile - NJ

“Dear Denise and Family, My heart felt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Craig Clark ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Craig Clark - Kill Devil Hills, NC

“Dear Denise and Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband Barry. I will keep you and your children/grandchildren in my prayers. I pray...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Francesca Jankowitz McElroy - FL

“May God grant peace to Barry and his family. Heartfelt condolences. ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Tom VanHorn - Lewisburg, WV

“Prayers and Thoughts to the Van Horn Family. As a Dispatcher for the Manville Police Dept I always called Barry when he was Fire Official for...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Eddie Pfeifer - Green Brook, NJ

“Barry, I remember what a good friend you were in high school. I will truly miss seeing you when I go to visit Somerville. May God welcome you at the...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Rachael - Orlando, FL

“To Denise, To Amy & Barry & Brian, and To Barry's Mother-In-Law Maureen: Too soon, too damn soon, so sudden. May your grief seldom arise before ...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Carbin - Poughkeepsie, NY

“We are sorry for your loss Barry was a good person and always stop to see my father when he was sick.He will be missed. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Lori Byer - Somerville, NJ

“I have new Barry for over 30 yrs. in the Fire Department Service and in Emergency Medical Service. I have learned and lot from him and with the...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Pinto Jr. - Bound Brook, NJ

“Dear Denise, Amy, BJ, Brian and Grandchildren, words cannot express the sorrow that I feel for the loss of my dear friend Barry. When I joined WEH...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Lester Rowe - Saline, MI


Somerville Barry W. Van Horn 63, passed away suddenly March 27, 2015. Barry was born on March 15, 1952 in Somerville, NJ. He was the son of the late Dorothy (Russell) and George Van Horn, and was a lifelong resident of Somerville. He was a 1971 graduate of Somerville High School. Barry was currently employed as the Fire Official for the Borough of Somerville for the past 23 years, and more recently, for the Borough of South Bound Brook as well. Prior to that, he worked for Somerset County Sheriff's Office where he started as a Corrections Officer then a Deputy. Barry was an active volunteer firefighter for the Somerville Fire Department. He was a member of West End Hose Company #3 for more than 40 years, serving as ex-captain and head driver. He also was a member of Somerville Rescue Squad where he was an ex-captain and crew chief. He was a recipient of the Somerset County 200 Club Award, and a member of the Eagles, the Sons of American Legion Post 12, the Somerset County Fire Marshals Association, and the Somerset County Arson Task Force. Barry was involved with the building of the Somerville Training Tower and restoration of the Somerville Fire Museum. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and woodworking, and was especially devoted to serving the Fire Department which was the joy of his life. Barry will be sadly missed by his family and friends and he will never be forgotten. Surviving are his devoted wife of 36 years, Denise Van Horn, his children Amy Van Horn, Barry Van Horn, and Brian Collins, and three grandchildren, Charlie, Michael, and Juliana. Visitation will be 4-8pm on Tuesday at the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 North Gaston Ave, Somerville with a Fireman's service at 6:30pm. Cremation will be private. A memorial service celebrating Barry's life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the West End Hose Company #3, 133 West High Street, Somerville. To send condolences to the family, visit brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.

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