Richard J. Barth, 91, of Amherst, NH and Schroon Lake, NY passed away peacefully on December 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
Dick was born June 22, 1931 in St. Albans, NY to Joseph and Josephine (Weiden) Barth and was raised in a family with three sisters: Regina, Mary and Annette. He spent many hours body surfing in the ocean off of Long Island, playing the trumpet in high school, and he and his best friends were known as the Malverne Dukes. Dick graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Accounting and then served in the US Army for two years. He studied nights to complete an MBA from Hofstra University. Over his career Dick worked in the banking industry on Long Island and in New York City, and retired as Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at Chase Manhattan Bank.
He commuted from Long Island to New York City for much of his career, and fittingly met the love of his life, Carol, on the subway! Carol and Dick’s marriage began in 1958 and lasted 64 happy years. Dick and Carol’s lives centered around their three children: Rick, Janet and Steve. He coached Little League teams, loved attending football, rugby and soccer games, took multiple road trips to visit them during their college years and supported them in all of their endeavors.
Dick loved the Adirondacks and with his vision built a vacation home on Schroon Lake with his sister Mary’s family in 1971. Dick especially enjoyed boating and waterskiied until his 80th birthday. He hiked several high peaks and was an enthusiastic nordic skiier. Dick and Carol were happiest with family and friends at Schroon Lake.
He was a devout Catholic and regularly attended mass. Dick was committed to serving others, especially as Financial Secretary of the Knights of Columbus for 20 years at St. John Neumann Parish. One of his favorite activities as a 4th degree Knight was organizing and volunteering for the Tootsie Roll drive to raise money for special needs children.
In his later years Dick could frequently be found golfing on courses in Amherst and Schroon Lake. He was a passionate Yankee baseball fan and looked forward to German Oktoberfest celebrations. He was an avid supporter of his grandchildren’s sports teams and would travel near and far to watch them play. Dick also enjoyed taking meticulous care of his homes, with an eagle eye that kept all in excellent condition. He survived surgery for both prostate and bladder cancer and never complained, even when his memory failed.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughter Janet Maxwell (husband Jim), and sons Richard Barth Jr (wife Kathy) and Steve Barth (wife Marian). He was also the proud grandparent of 9 grandchildren: Erik, Scott, Matthew, Ian, Brendan, Caroline, Alison, Amanda and Ava.
Dick will be remembered as an honest, industrious, positive and faithful man. He was the best husband, father, grandfather and friend.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton on Tuesday December 20th at Noon. Burial will be private at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dartmouth Cancer Center, Lebanon, NH.