Raymond J. “Ray” Barnes, Jr.
Raymond J. “Ray” Barnes, Jr., 58, of
Ipswich died unexpectedly on January 29, 2014 from complications
related to surgery. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he had
resided on the North Shore for the past twenty-five years. He was
the beloved husband of John M. “Jack” Reilly, Esq. and the devoted
father of Marcus Barnes-Reilly, also of Ipswich.
A son of Raymond J. Barnes (ret., U.S.
Army) of Hopkinsville, KY and the late Heddy (Brehm)Barnes, he was
born on August 28, 1955 in Fort Meade, MD. Raised in Westfield, he
spent much of his childhood in Germany during his father’s military
assignments. He received an associate’s degree from Bay State
College, a bachelor’s degree from Salem State University, and a
master’s degree from Suffolk University. He served for more than ten
years as Registrar and Associate Registrar of Bay State College.
Prior to those appointments, he held several administrative
positions and taught as a faculty member in the college’s business
and computer sciences programs.
For many years, Ray was an active
member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Beverly,
where he served on various boards and committees and taught in the
church’s youth education program. He was an accomplished cook and
baker who treated his colleagues every Friday to a wonderful
assortment of homemade goods, and a gentleman farmer who took great
pleasure in caring for a variety of farm animals, but his greatest
joy was spending time with his loving family.
In addition to his husband, son and
father he is survived by a sister, Christa Nicklaus and her husband
of Hollenbach, Germany; a brother, Kenneth Barnes and his wife of
Bedford, IN; several brothers- and sisters-in-laws; nieces; nephews;
and many friends.
A service in remembrance of Raymond J.
Barnes, Jr. will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at three
o’clock p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 225
Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. Memorial contributions in his memory may
be made to the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in
Beverly. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich.