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Elmer E. Barth

Elmer E. Barth, 91, husband of Barbara E. (Burbridge) Barth of Riverside Drive, Ipswich, died Monday, May 5, 2014 surrounded by his loving family in the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers, following his brief illness.

Born May 15, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Paul A. and Anna (Miller) Barth, he was raised in Bridesburgh, PA where he was a graduate of public schools. During World War II he served his enlistment with  the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic Theatre, Honorably Discharged as a Chief Yeoman.

He went on to attend Bentley College of Finance, graduating in 1951, then going on to graduate with BBA and Honors from Northeastern University in Boston. Coming to Ipswich  he made his home and married the late Ruth B. (Stone) Barth.  The Barths  relocated to Branford, CT  in July of 1956 where  he joined the Rockbestos Products Corporation in New Haven CT as Chief Accountant. Here he successively became Assistant Treasurer in 1957; Treasurer/Controller in 1959; Manufacturing Manager in 1972; Vice-President Manufacturing in 1974 and  Vice-President of Operations in 1984, the title he held at retirement in 1986.  Senior employees of the company elected him President of their Hourglass Club in 1984.  After changing his career goals to manufacturing operations, he served on various committees on the Wire Association and with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).  He was also active in Manufacturers Association of Greater New Haven, CT, serving as Vice-President and Director.  In October 1961, along with two others he formed Applied Data Inc. North Haven, CT. 

He served as President of the National Association of Accountants, New Haven Chapter, and was a member and director of The Financial Executive Institute, Southern CT Chapter; Trustee and Chairman of the Auditing Committee, Ipswich Savings Bank; member of Board of Governors, Children's Center, New Haven, CT; a director and member of the Advisory Group to the Governor, CT Public Expenditures Council and the Director of the New Haven Taxpayers Association. 

Elmer  entered the Masonic Lodge at the  Widow Sons Lodge in Branford CT. Upon his return  to Ipswich in 1987, he became an active member of John T. Heard Masonic Lodge AF&AM where he had held  the position of Secretary for twelve years.  In 1990 he became a member of the Active York Rite and rose to the position of Excellent High Priest, serving  from 2001-2004. 

His interest in boating and fishing led to him to serving in 1976 as the Commodore of the Branford Yacht Club, Branford, CT.   In Ipswich he became a Charter Member and Director  of the Ipswich Outboard Club, where for over fifty  years he had held  the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary and had held an honorary membership for his many years of service.  In 2010 the Ipswich Outboard Club boat ramp was dedicated in his name. Along with boating and clamming the waters of Ipswich, he enjoyed annual family vacations on Block, Island. 

In addition to his wife Barbara he is survived by a daughter Rebecca Gallucci,  her husband Mark; their  two children, Katherine A. and  Sara E. Gallucci all  of New Milford, CT and several nephews and nieces. He was the husband of the late Ruth  B. (Stone) Barth formerly of Ipswich who died in 1990;  father of the late infant son, Richard M. Barth and brother of the late Paul Barth formerly of PA, Frederick Barth formerly of MD and Ruth Ehlers formerly of NJ.

 His funeral service will be 10 am Monday, May 12 in the Linebrook Congregational Church, 391 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, followed by interment with Military Honors in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Sunday 4 to 7 pm in the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge with a Masonic Service at 6:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund, 70 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938.

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