Roll of Honor

Barry W. Van Horn

Barry W. Van Horn

  • Firefighter
  • Somerville Fire Department, West End Hose Company #3
  • New Jersey
  • Age: 63
  • Year of Death: 2015

Barry W. Van Horn, 63, of Somerville, New Jersey, died on March 27, 2015. He suffered a heart attack on March 25 upon returning home after responding to an early morning fire call.

Barry was born on March 15, 1952, to George E. and Dorothy Russell Van Horn. He was a lifelong Somerville resident and never strayed too far from home.

Mr. Van Horn was employed as the fire official for the Code Enforcement Office in the Borough of Somerville since 1991. He also served as the fire official for the Boroughs of Manville and South Bound Brook at various times during those years. Prior to being employed as the fire official, Barry was a corrections officer and later a deputy with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. He was the recipient of the 200 Club Award in 1985.

Barry was a dedicated member of the West End Hose Company for over 40 years, following in his father’s footsteps. He was also a member of the Somerville First Aid & Rescue Squad for almost 25 years. Barry served as a member of the Somerset County Arson Task Force. In the little spare time he had, Barry enjoyed fishing, gardening, and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Denise A. Van Horn; his daughter, Amy Leigh Van Horn; his sons, Barry Joshua Van Horn and Brian Patrick Collins; and his grandchildren, Charlie, Michael, and Julianna. Life was complete once he became “Pop-Pop.”

Barry will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends, as well as his hometown of Somerville, which he loved dearly.