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Brent "Tino M. Barber
Born: Jul 17, 1970
Died: May 24, 2015

Brent “Tino” M. Barber, 44, passed away on May 24, 2015 in Lynchburg, VA. Rosary services for Brent will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Chinook. Funeral Mass will be Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:00 am at St Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook. Memorials may be made to St Gabriel's, Box 1089, or to the PAWS Animal Shelter, Box 132, Chinook MT. 59523. Arrangements are made through Edwards Funeral Home, Chinook, MT. 
My name is Brent Bernard Barber, Tino to most. I am told I was born on July 17, 1970 in Havre, Montana to Frank & Bettie Barber.  Waiting at home for me was my brother, Brian.  I don't remember those early years but my mom says I was an independent baby and I grew to manhood the same.  At about 1 year of age I began to have issues digesting my food and coughed a lot.  At 2 years I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  Doctors didn't know much about the disease then & the prognosis was that I would probably not live much past the age of 12.  Knowing this, my parents decided to adopt & my sister Brenda was added to our family.  When I was 7, I became very ill and wasn't expected to live to see Christmas.  But so many wonderful people began to pray for me that I defied the doctors and got better.  I attended Bear Paw School through 8th grade going on to graduate from Chinook High in 1988.  I was manager of the football team, got decent grades and managed to get into a bit of trouble now and then.  As a child I told my parents that I wanted to be a part time truck driver and a part time doctor.  With this in mind as soon as I graduated my cousin, John Speight, flew from Virginia to Montana and we headed East in my Plymouth Fury.  Arriving in Virginia I took up residence with my maternal grandparents, Rudy and Cleo Iovinetti.  I attended CVCC and earned my certification in Respiratory Therapy.  I was soon employed by Lynchburg General Hospital.  Eventually the "truck driver/gypsy" part of me took over and I moved on, working in Tennessee Children's Hospital & Denver Children's Hospital.  Then back to Virginia where I went back to school and gained my Registry as a Respiratory Therapist.  Finally ending up in Durham, North Carolina where I bought my first home and was employed by a Home Health Care Company.  Owning my own home I was able to pursue what was my greatest passion, adopting shelter dogs.  Over the years I adopted Starr, Duke, Sebastian, Free, Amore, Fergie, Autumn, Kate, Topanga, Mila and Alexander.  Just for a twist I also purchased a corn snake who traveled with me for over 20 years.  During this time I managed to visit Italy twice and Ireland.  In April of 2002 I married Rebecca Thornton and we have a beautiful daughter, Kennedy Reece.  Lucky for them they both love the dog family as much as I.  Whenever a member of our dog family passed I would grieve as if it were a child or sibling of mine.  In 2008 my Cystic Fibrosis caught up with me and I required a double lung transplant.  On January 31st a loving donor, great doctors and again a multitude of prayers granted me the lungs I needed.  I walked out of the hospital 12 days after my transplant.  With the transplant came change, immune suppressants were required so my body would not reject the lungs and I could no longer work.  I became a "house husband/Dad".  I loved staying with Kennedy and the dogs.  Cooking yard work, volunteering at Kennedy's school and coin collecting filled my days.  Seven years were added to my life thanks to the generosity and love of that organ donor.  On May 24th I slipped in the arms of God to join Him and many loving family members.  With sadness I leave Rebecca, Kennedy, Mom, Dad, Brian, Brenda and Amanda, four nieces, Stephanie, Jocelyn, Allanah and Alexis and one nephew, Luke.  Along with many loved cousins, family members & friends.  Please don't grieve me but remember me with stories of my dry sense of humor, my antics & my love of animals.

Public Guest Book

Jun 9th
Karen Jacobson
I am deeply saddened and so sorry to hear about Brent. I had Brent as a student at CHS many years ago and fortunately reconnected with him on Facebook where we were able to share some fun memories. As well, he and I share a love of dogs! Throughout his many health issues, his attitude remained upbeat. My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Jun 11th
Carla Peck Jasinski
Dear Bettie and Frank, I was so very sorry to read of the loss of your son Brent. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your good memories of him will be of comfort to you at this difficult time. Sending you love and blessings.


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