Kenneth E. Barber

May 8, 1936 - September 27, 2016 New Holland, PA | Age 80 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle and Friend.

Kenneth E. Barber, age 80, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, formerly of Kennett Square, Pa, passed away peacefully on September 27th, 2016, at his home with his wife Janice by his side and surrounded by his loving family.

Born in West Chester Pa, he was the son of the late Ruth and Roland Barber.

He assumed ownership of Barber’s Florist of Kennett Square when his father retired. Ken continued to grow the business and create beautiful floral designs for more than forty years until retiring in 2004. Ken and Roland’s legacy is carried on today by their family.

Kenny graduated from Kennett High School in 1954 upon which he entered the United States Army. After serving three years he was honorably discharged. He was a member of Hamorton Methodist Church, Kennett Fire Company, #1, and the Masonic Lodge of Kennett Square.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Janice, children, Michael Barber & wife Dawn of Mt. City, Tennessee, Cindy Manley & husband Tom of Wilmington, DE and Brian Barber of Kennett Square, Pa; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Wayne Barber & Ralph Barber: and two sisters, Grace Groves & Fern Mackey.

Ken enjoyed visiting the flower shop, gardening, morning coffee with his buddies, driving neighbors & friends to appointments and the airport, and simply spending time with his family and friends. Ken was known for his outgoing personality, sense of humor and most of all his kindness and generosity. He touched so many and is loved by so many more.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday October 3rd, 2016 at Kuzo Grieco Funeral Home, Inc., (610-444-4116), 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. His funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be at Longwood Cemetery.

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October 3, 2016 10:00-12:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Service

October 3, 2016 12:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


October 3, 2016 Following service Longwood Cemetery
Kennett Square, PA


  1. My family knew the Barber’s both professionally and personally. My grandparents were also members of Hammerton Methodist Church. My mother Catherine Ruoss used Barber’s florists exclusively her entire life! Even though he moved to New Holland I still often ran into him around town. He never failed to ask how my mother and myself were doing! Due to my recent surgery I may not be able to even make the viewing but even if not. My heart will be with the family.

    Frances Rebecca Ruoss Davis Scholl | October 9, 2016 at 7:23 AM
  2. My thoughts and prayers to the family, sorry for your loss

    Dolores Haines | October 3, 2016 at 7:36 PM
  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was a wonderful man. He always had a smile and time to talk. He will be missed by so many, but he will not be forgotten.

    Pat Kofke | September 30, 2016 at 7:46 PM
  4. The Kilmer family is sorry to hear of this sad news and offer our condolences.

    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | September 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM
  5. My condolences to the family. We can find comfort when we consider how God provides such comfort. “ Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

    Karen-Baltimore, MD

    Karen | September 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  6. Rest in Peace Kenny, my condolences to his family.

    Tony Talamonti | September 30, 2016 at 3:30 PM
  7. My most sincere condolences to the Family here.
    Fond memories of Ken and shared many coffee mornings with him.
    Memories are made of Ken.

    Joe Donohoe | September 30, 2016 at 1:26 PM
  8. He will be missed sitting at the counter at Creek Side Diner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Creek Side Diner | September 30, 2016 at 1:25 PM
  9. Our sincere sympathy to the family. Ken was a wonderful neighbor and a friend to many people at Garden Spot Village. We will always remember him for his morning “rounds” of coffee and his pleasant attitude.

    Bob and Bobbie Hoover | September 30, 2016 at 10:52 AM
  10. Our sincere condolences for the great loss of Kenny. He was a very nice person and will be missed.
    Sincerely ,
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Faldeti

    Kathryn Faldeti | September 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM
  11. So sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Kenny at McDonald’s when he was in the Kennett Square area. He would always stop by our table and catch up on what was going on in Kennett. He made many a flower arrangement for our family. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | September 30, 2016 at 9:52 AM
  12. ~ Sending Heartfelt Thoughts and Uplifting Prayers To The Entire Barber Family. Barber’s Florist was a big part of both of our family’s life(Tompkins and Plankinton) growing up in Kennett Square. I’m dating myself, …but all the way back to the late ’50’s when I was a kid!! Mr. Barber(Roland) and Kenny were always so good at what they did. They certainly made arranging flowers look easy!! They could do it in a flash!! They ran a “tight ship”, but were always kind, funny, patient, accommodating, knowledgeable, and professional. Mr. Barber, Kenny, and their staff helped us through some very difficult times, but also celebrated the more joyous occasions too, always with beautiful flower arrangements. We are so glad to hear this legacy lives on with the younger generation. All of you will continue to be in our thoughts during this most difficult of times. Be assured Kenny is now resting oh so peacefully in The Loving Arms of Jesus. Our Love/His Peace, Howard and Betsy Tompkins and Family

    Howard and Betsy (Plankinton) Tompkins and Family | September 30, 2016 at 9:47 AM
  13. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Irmgard Devon | September 30, 2016 at 5:00 AM
  14. Will miss Ken’s smile and kindness. We ran into him a few times when he was visiting the flower shop. He always remembered me and asked about my Mom. She has been a customer for as long as I can remember. He would tell me stories about when my Grandfather had his floral business in Avondale. Would tease and say he was the competition. Barbers has helped our family celebrate in happiness and sadness with thier beautiful floral work. Ken made my youngest sons flowers for his prom , and made them special… will always remember that. My deepest sympathy to the Barber family , sendings prayers from the Gentry /Johnston Family .

    Cheryl Ruoss | September 29, 2016 at 10:49 PM
  15. So sorry for your loss. Kenny always put a smile on our faces. May God bless and keep you.

    Kevin and Lynne Grady

    Kevin Grady | September 29, 2016 at 10:45 PM
  16. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Susan Frezzo Rzucidlo | September 29, 2016 at 10:12 PM
  17. We did not know Ken personally; however, we know Cindy and Tom and their family and we know how hard it is to lose a father and grandfather, especially one as loved and treasured as Ken. Please accept our sincerest apologies for your great loss.

    David and Marcia Paxton | September 29, 2016 at 9:38 PM
  18. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Debra Golias | September 29, 2016 at 8:18 PM
  19. Dear Dawn and Family,
    I am so very sorry of your loss. He was an amazing man. Find peace in knowing his legacy lives on, as does his live for all of you.
    My condolences,
    Cecilia Murphy

    Cecilia | September 29, 2016 at 8:17 PM
  20. May you all find peace and healing in your wonderful memories. Please know that Mr. Barber and his family have been a huge part of my family’s life even though I moved away many years ago. I’ve continued to use Barber’s Florist for my flowers whenever I needed a beautiful bouquet or arrangement for my Kennett relatives. My mother still has gorgeous African Violets I had delivered to her years ago on Mother’s Day. You have brought so much joy and pleasure to so many over the years. What a wonderful legacy! God bless you all.

    Vicki Wooldridge | September 29, 2016 at 7:49 PM
  21. I send my deepest condolences to all of you. Kenny was a wonderful person and he will be missed. He was always pleasant and kind to all. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

    Theresa Roberts | September 29, 2016 at 4:50 PM
  22. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
    I’ve heard from my boss Ron Eastburn what s great florist Mr Barber was.
    Prayers to family
    To my Stephanie you have my deepest sympathy

    Gerri Barnett | September 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM
  23. My prayers are with your family. Kenny was a funny guy. He will be missed. He always had a smile on his face when I saw him at his daughter Cindy’s house for special occasions. He would always crack a joke or two. He enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am glad that the family got to spend some time with him. You will always have the good memories of Kenny.

    Theresa Walls | September 29, 2016 at 3:37 PM
  24. Kenny was one of the good guys. Al and I had many good times with him and his family over the years. Janice and family, my heart goes out to you at this particular hurtful time, but take comfort in knowing you were blessed to have one of the best in your lives for many years.

    He will be missed…my sincere condolences, Evelyn Santucci

    Evelyn Santucci | September 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM
  25. my prayers are with you all

    helen hedrick robertson | September 29, 2016 at 3:01 PM
  26. Sorry for your loss your in my thoughts and prayers

    Carol hedrick | September 29, 2016 at 2:36 PM

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