Barbara Felice, veteran FHSAA official passes away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association mourns the loss of veteran FHSAA official Barbara Felice, who passed away unexpectedly August 27. She was 62.

A resident of 
Lake Worth, Felice was served as an FHSAA volleyball official for 35 years and was a veteran member of the East Coast Volleyball Officials Association. She was originally from Geneva, New York, where she graduated from DeSales High School and lived until the early 1970s. She then attended Herkimer Community College and received her degree in physical education from Slippery Rock University in 1976. Upon graduation, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she worked as a teacher for 30-plus years. In 2005, she received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

Having a love of sports, Barbara played on numerous softball teams in Palm Beach County. She later began umpiring softball and refereeing basketball and football, but her true passion for officiating was in the sport of volleyball. That career, which spanned every level of competition, began in the early 1980s. She became one of the premier officials in the county, with her dedication to the sport landing her the job of assigning officials for middle and high school volleyball matches. She was respected, admired and appreciated by the entire volleyball community. Her school and volleyball colleagues were like family to her.

For more information about Ms. Felice, and a Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, September 8th, please visit