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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.

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