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IN MEMORIAM
Tributes To Barnfathers Who Have Passed On
 
ALLAN BARNFATHER
Allan Barnfather was born on 27 April 1931 in Northumberland, England, to John T. Barnfather and his wife, Nora (Hall), and passed away peacefully in his sleep on 26 November 2007.
 
Allan was activley involved in the Boy Scouts and Church of England throughout his life and spent his working life as a plumber.  He served in the RAF for approximetly 3 years.  He had a keen interest in his family history.

Allan was married to the former June Fuller and had 3 sons and several grandchildren.

Should you wish to send condolences to the family, please contact me at the email address below.


 
NORMAN KENNETH FRENCH
In the mid 1990s, several Barnfather researchers found each other via our new connections to the Internet.  We came from England, Canada, the United States and Australia.  Our Aussie member was Norman Kenneth French who, sadly, passed away on August 10, 2008.
 
Norman was the most intrepid of researchers.  Missing links annoyed him no end and he seldom rested until he could find the source material to prove a given lineage.  He encouraged - no, challenged - us all to become better researchers and the Barnfather family was one of his passions.  He generously shared information with all who asked and helped many a novice Barnfather reseacher onto the path to finding his or her heritage.   He was a colleague and a friend and he will be very sorely missed.
 
Normal leaves his wife, two sons and a daughter and their spouses and seven grandchildren.
 
 
 

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Jerry Barnfather in front of the room dedicated to his father, All Saints Church, Pontiac, Michigan

JERRY BARNFATHER
Jerry, who lived in Florida, USA, passed away on November 30th, 2008, at the age of 74. 
 
Jerry worked for General Motors before retiring and was actively involved in community theaters. 
 
Jerry had traced his family back to Middlesex, England, in the late 1700s and was one of the original group of Barnfather researchers who ‘found each other’ on the Internet in the 1990s.  He was an enthusiastic seeker of his Barnfather connections and made contact with Barnfathers the world over.   He and his wife, Gail, attended the first Barnfather Reunion in 2000.

Jerry is very much missed.

 

 

 

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Alan James and Renee Barnfather

ALAN JAMES BARNFATHER

Alan James Barnfather was born in 1922 in Dollis Hill, London, and was the last of 5 brothers when he died on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at his home in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.

 

Alan’s family lived in Langholm, Dumfrieshire, for a time.  He joined the Midland Bank in London where he met Renee March, whom he married in 1952.  They had three children, Jill, Ian and Lynn.

 

Alan was very interested in horology and loved tinkering and repairing clocks and watches.  He and Renee were regular attendees at the local Church of England in Harrow Weald and latterly at Chorleywood where they moved about 25 years ago.  They were also both enthusiastic supporters and attendees of the Barnfather Family Reunions.

 

Sadly, Renee died in 2007.

 

 

JOHN ALBERT BARNFATHER
John Albert Barnfather of New Zealand passed away after a long battle with cancer on  31 March 2009 at the age of 76. He served in the New Zealand Army for many years and was devoted to his large family.  John Albert was preceded in death by his wife and eldest son and is much missed by his family and friends.
 
 
 
 

ERIC BARNFATHER

Eric Robert Barnfather, a devoted father, brother, grandfather and uncle,passed away suddenly at his home on March 24th, 2012.

 

Born in Lancashire in 1948, Eric was a woodturner by trade and owned Barnfather Precision Woodturnings in Preston, Lancashire, for many years.  His ancestry traces back through Durham and Northumberland to Hardhurst Farm in Lanercost, Cumberland, in the 1600s.  His ancestors worked with wood as far back as his 4th great grandfather who was born in Cumberland in 1800.

 

Both Eric and his father, George Barnfather, were very interested in their family history and eager to make family connections.  Eric and I had corresponded on this as early as 1997.

 

Eric is deeply missed by his family and friends.

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CLARE MARIE BARNFATHER MONGER
Clarice (Clare) Marie Monger (nee Barnfather) died on the 5th of February 2012 at the age of 102 in Brighton, Victoria, Australia. 
 
Clare saw many changes in the world during her 102 years and remarked how simple things like the advent of the washing machine changed her life, giving her more time to read and pursue her own interests. 
 
The photo on the right was taken on the occasion of Clare's 100th birthday and includes the greetings sent to her by Queen Elizabeth and Australian dignitaries.
 
Clare, a widow, is survived by two sons and a daughter, six grandchilren and ten great-grandchildren.  She was much loved and is deeply missed.

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