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Obituary: Samuel J. Barr, Jr.

Samuel J. Barr, Jr.

Samuel J. Barr, Jr., 91 years old, died peacefully at home on June 24, 2009 in Marion, MA. Born Sept. 3, 1917 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of Margaret and Samuel Barr. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and also served in the Korean Conflict. He began his professional career as a systems administrator installing and maintaining the first computer system for American Broadcasting Company in New York City. He served as comptroller of Queens College until his retirement in 1974.

He, with his wife Margaret, raised their family in Glen Cove until 2006 when he moved to Marion, MA to be closer to his family. He summered for more than 40 years in Round Pond, ME, leading the 4th of July Round Pond parade for 22 years. He was a supporter of many local charities and the children of the village.

He was a redhead with the gifts of humor, intelligence, wisdom, patience and a sensational memory. He was a sounding board and supporter of his children and grandchildren. He was the generous neighbor always available to help. He was the compassionate friend to those in need. He found endless humor in life and in relationships. He remained well read, and finished The New York Times crossword puzzles weekly. He loved hearing and telling stories…and remembered everything.

He is survived by two daughters, Jamie Gartelmann and her husband, Peter of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, and Merry Conway and her husband John of Marion, MA; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private burial will take place at the Chamberlain Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at the Brown Church in Round Pond on July 5 at 1 p.m. Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the Round Pond Village Improvement Fund, PO Box 148, Round Pond, ME 04564. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME. To send condolences to the family, visit