Thursday, July 24, 2014

Death of Former Staff Member Carl R. Barnaby


Carl Richard Barnaby, former staff member and father of Collections Mananger Rhonda J. Barnaby-Peak, died on May 13, 2014. He was 77.

Carl was born on August 15, 1936, in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He studied printing at the Everett Vocational high School, and worked for Review and Herald Publishing from 1955-57. After attending the University of Maryland and Atlantic Union College, Carl began working at the New England Sanitarium Hospital in a variety of capacities, including as a painter, business office assistant, security officer, and supervisor of Credit and Collections. In 1959 Carol was drafted into the United States Army, but as a Conscientious Objector he worked as an Operating Room Technician until he was honorably discharged in 1965.

Carl married Elizabeth B. Fessenden on August 9th, 1959. The couple had three daughters: Sheryl Ann in 1960, Rhonda Jean in 1962, and Sharon Elaine in 1966. Over the thirty years after leaving the military, Carl served in many different capacities, including as a funeral home manager, the principal bus driver at Andrews University from 1979 to 1981, manager of the Liberty General store in Waterville, Maine, constable and assistant to the fire chief, and full time lieutenant and assistant Jail Administrator in 1991.

In 1998, Carl retired, but remained active in the community. He volunteered as the full-time Searsmont SDA church pastor, as the Belmont constable, with the Belmont Fire department, and with the Belfast Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. He also loved camping and traveling to camp meetings, and his white and green truck and trailer was instantly recognizable.

More than anything, however, Carl loved to bring people to Christ. Carl would share the name of Jesus with anyone he met. From professionals to laborers, adults to children, shopping establishments to campgrounds to gas stations, Carl simply ministered.

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