Obituary of Bruce Adin LaBar
Bruce Adin LaBar, age 86 died peacefully on April 18th at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, NJ. Bruce is survived by son Phil LaBar of Plainsboro and daughter, Jeanette MacCallum of Brentwood, TN and three grandchildren, Christina Jezioro of Brentwood, TN, Jacob Jezioro of Boston, MA and Bruce Adrian LaBar of Manville. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Marion Moll LaBar. Bruce was raised in Minerva, NY in the Adirondack Mountains where his parents operated Morningside Camps and Cottages, a seasonal retreat for its guests, offering 80 private acres on Minerva Lake. Along with his brother, Frank, Bruce aided his father in constructing and maintaining the cabins and grounds. During the off-season, the LaBar family cultivated a Christmas tree grove and operated a maple syrup farm. Morningside remains in the LaBar family and is now owned and managed by Bruce’s nephew, David LaBar. The extended family and many friends have enjoyed countless visits and reunions in this idyllic setting to this day. Bruce attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he met his eventual wife, Marion while singing in the chapel choir. Upon graduation with a degree in Commerce and Finance in 1954, Bruce served as a radio operator in the US Army in Fairbanks, AK. His army tenure ended in June 1956, the same month of his marriage to Marion. After completing an MBA at The Wharton School, Bruce enjoyed a successful career in accounting, finance and investment analysis working for Arthur Andersen, Waddell & Reed, Lionel Edie & Co. and the Division of Investment for the State of New Jersey from which he retired in 1992. Bruce enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies including woodworking, forestry, canoeing, hiking, skiing, photography, genealogical research, square dancing, bridge, tennis and antique glass collecting. He was a voracious reader with a particular interest in world history. Bruce and Marion especially enjoyed traveling together, often with friends. They attended many classical music concerts and regularly enjoyed opera productions. Their greatest passion was choral singing and they sang in a choir together every year of their married lives. They sang in the Nassau Presbyterian Church Choir in Princeton for over 45 years. In more recent years, Bruce and Marion resided at Princeton Windrows where they maintained an active social life and served on numerous committees. They also established the Moll-LaBar Family Scholarship at Bucknell University for students with demonstrated financial need and took pleasure in getting to know student recipients. Bruce and Marion nurtured relationships with many, but nothing gave them more pleasure than spending time with their children and grandchildren. Bruce’s health declined after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015. After Marion’s death, the light went out of his eyes as he simultaneously struggled with memory loss, but his sweet, steady spirit never departed. A memorial service will take place at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton on Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Fund at Nassau Presbyterian Church or the Moll-LaBar Family Scholarship at Bucknell University. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
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