Reginald D. Barbour
Aspen CO, Colorado
Aspen’s Reggie Barbour, long-time local chef, author, and all-around fun guy, died peacefully after a short stay at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.
Reggie was born on May 6, 1950. He is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Mary Barbour of Aspen; his mother Evelyn Welch, his sister Linda Fine, his brothers Chris and Denny Barbour, niece Paula and great-niece Tayvia, all of Grand Junction; and his cousin Susan Barbour of Aspen.
A professional chef and businessman, Reggie started his career at the Pomegranate Inn in Aspen and then owned a restaurant in Paonia. Aspenites will remember Reggie as the chef/manager at Boogie’s in Aspen for nearly 20 years.
In 2007, his book “Colorado’s Forks in the Road: An Adventurer’s Guide to Unique Restaurants” was published with great acclaim from New York to L.A.
“Soupsköl” was Reggie’s baby. He started the annual friendly competition to find the best soup from all Aspen restaurants, and it remains part of his legacy.
Reggie was an avid skier, golfer, and softball enthusiast. When he wasn’t working, you could find him pursuing any of these athletic endeavors. He was a true sports lover and threw many memorable Super Bowl parties.
Despite a busy and diverse career, he still found time to give back to his beloved community by volunteering at the Pitkin County Senior Center and at “Your Friends for Life” in Aspen, a nonprofit support organization helping cancer patients and their families. Ironically, “Your Friends for Life” returned the favor to both Reggie and Mary this past year when they were the ones who needed it. “Pathfinders” of Aspen, another support agency, also provided invaluable assistance.
In June of this year, the entire Aspen community held an event for Reggie’s benefit when his illness became known. This outpouring helped sustain his family throughout his remaining days.
There will be a memorial celebrating Reggie’s life, promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Bump’s (at the base of Buttermilk).
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome to Your Friends for Life, P.O. Box 9306, Aspen, CO 81612.
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