Robert G. “Bob” Barncard made his transition Wednesday evening, February 28th in Gulfport, Mississippi. Son of Fred M. and Ella Barncard and his sister Beatrice who predeceased him, Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Quinn Barncard, his son Stephen, and two grandchildren Laura and Derek Barncard who reside in San Francisco along with nieces in Lexington KY. and Palm Springs, CA.
A resident of Fairhope for many years, Bob was born in Watseka, Illinois on June 4, 1921 and had a great childhood in the small town mixing after school sports with experiments with telephone equipment and playing saxophone in a band. He began his life’s career of 42 years with AT&T Long Lines before he served in the Army Air Corp during WWII then continued with the company until retirement. He became a television pioneer for the company in the late 40’s by maintaining microwave relay stations between New York and Chicago, then merged into sales and management duties and quickly moved up the corporate ladder.
His job took him and his family to several destinations including Chesterton, IN; Omaha, NE; Joliet, Springfield, and Watseka IL; Kansas City, New York City and Atlanta. The work included deals with several important clients including IBM and the Defense Department. After retiring in 1982 he and his wife moved to Daphne, then later to Fairhope for the climate, water and especially the sail boating there.
Not only busy as a working member of the Fairhope Yacht Club and the Power Squadron, he also volunteered as the district director of SCORE and found great pleasure mentoring new small business owners. After retiring to the Eastern Shore, Bob rekindled his love of music and relearned his favorite instrument, the saxophone. He had been playing regularly in the local volunteer band “Memories for You” which plays in nursing homes and retirement communities.
After many years as a ham radio operator, he redirected his energy towards the use of computers, especially for music, photography and communication. During Bob’s entire life he has had various cameras and darkrooms and has won awards for his black and white photos. Mr. Barncard was very interested with the human condition and spirituality and was a member of the Mobile Church of Religious Science.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations should be sent to The SCORE Foundation, 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Fairfax, VA 21070; Mobile Church of Religious Science, 60 N. Ann Street, Mobile, AL 36604; or other charity
His life will be celebrated on Thursday, March 8, at 11:00 AM at the Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home on South Greeno Road (Highway 98).