Melvin Sanford Barr

by | Dec 5, 2014 | Obituaries

Norfolk — Melvin Sanford Barr, 91, died Nov. 12, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens Fla.

Mr. Barr was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Lewis Barr and Ruth Reisig Barr.

He was a graduate of Maury High School and attended VPI. He was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk and a member of Beth AM in Jupiter, Fla. Mr. Barr was also a member of the Masons and was the past president of Barr Brothers Jewelers.

After his first year at Virginia Tech, Mr. Barr left and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He served in the South Pacific during WWII as an aerial photographer stationed on the Island of Tinian.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Helen Jayne Barr.

Survivors include his two sons; Burt Barr and his wife Patsy of Virginia Beach, Henry Barr and his wife Sioux of Silverthorne, Col. and a brother, Jack Barr and his wife Gail of Boynton Beach, Fla. Mr. Barr is also survived by four grandchildren; Neil Barr and his wife Kiva of Short Hills, N. J., Jodi Katzen and her husband Scott of Arnold, Md., Chamisa Logemann and her husband Bryce of Broomfield, Col., Keekan Broschart and her husband Kenny of Dexter, Mich., and nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Contributions to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America at or charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at