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Robert Barrera – December 27, 2019

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Robert Barrera

Lifelong Westwood resident, food connoisseur, smart-aleck and storyteller extraordinaire Robert “Bob” Barrera passed peacefully Friday morning, December 27, 2019, at Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, CA.

He was born to parents Santos and Cruz Barrera on January 23, 1931, in Westwood, California, and graduated from Westwood High School in 1949. He married Soledad (Perez) Barrera on October 6, 1951, and spent the next 65 years as husband and wife. He began the early days of his working career at the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood, later working until retirement at Collins Pine Company in Chester, Ca.

In his younger days, Bob was an avid deer hunter, a passion he shared with his wife. It could easily be said that most stories he told, began with where he hunted or where he or his wife had killed a deer. As a Westwood native, he thoroughly enjoyed researching and sharing his knowledge of local logging and hunting history as well as tales about the town of Westwood during its hay day.

Like most folks his age that grew up in this area, he held a love and deep appreciation of the outdoors. His affection for the “woods” never faltered. To him, the local mountains and valleys were more than just beautiful scenery. To him, those areas represented 88 years of memories of growing up,  past adventures, family gatherings, camping trips, hunting excursions, and woodcutting outings. His profound connection to the area was rooted in those recollections of times gone by.

In his passing he leaves his loving children, son; Fernando of Westwood, daughters; Susan Barrera and her husband John Lee of San Francisco, CA, Anita Barrera of Sacramento and Nancy Barrera of Westwood, her beloved grandchildren, Ariel and Emily, brother; Tom of Campbell, CA, sisters; Lydia Calbreath of Red Bluff, CA, Alice Buckle of San Jose, CA and Carolina Hoffman of Lincoln, CA along with numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Bob joins his son, Stephen, brother, Adolfo “Fito” Barrera and his wife Soledad in his eternal home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 220 Clifford Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137. A potluck reception will follow at the Westwood Community Center; all are invited to attend. The family asks that donations be made to the Westwood Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 355, Westwood, CA  96137 in-lieu of flowers.


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