William Joseph Barbera, a beloved father, grandfather, and coach, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 26th 2017 at the age of 69, while visiting his daughter and son in Florida.
William was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia on March 10th, 1948. He graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1965, where he participated in football, basketball and track & field. He received his B.A. from West Virginia Tech, and a Master's in Education from Florida Atlantic University.
William was an established school teacher in both Florida and West Virginia, and an accomplished Life Insurance Agent with Northwestern Mutual Life. Above all professions, William's true passion was coaching. He began his coaching career in the 1970s with a basketball team at Deep Water Elementary School. After the family moved to Florida, he became the Head Cross Country Coach at Coconut Creek High School. He was very proud to have led this team to two consecutive 3rd place finishes at the state championships.
In 1980, William established the Mount Hope Youth Soccer League, bringing organized soccer to Fayette County. A few years later, he returned to Florida and became the Head Cross Country Coach and an Assistant Track & Field coach at Coral Springs High School where his children, George and Aimee attended. In the 1990s and 2000s, he coached his son, Nikolas, in Soccer, Baseball and Basketball.
Most recently, William was the Head Cross Country Coach and the Assistant Boys Track and Field Coach at Woodrow Wilson High School, coaching his grandsons, Andrew and Chris Barbera. Having a coaching career that span five decades, Coach "Willie B" touched many lives.
William is survived by his children, George Anthony Barbera, Aimee Beth Dunn, and Nikolas Abraham Barbera; his grandchildren, William Andrew Barbera, Christopher Martin Barbera, Bradley George Dunn, Kyla Valerie Dunn, and Kelsey Grace Dunn; and his sisters, Constance Carol Taylor and Cheriann Barbera Hanson. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Caesar Barbera and Cherry Cinotti Barbera.
William will be profoundly missed by his family, friends and by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service followed by a Celebration of Life is scheduled to begin at 11 am, Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, Room B.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to help establish a local Cross Country scholarship fund for a WWHS student-athlete.
Published on July 5, 2017