In Memoriam : George Barner

George Barner George Brenneman Barner - age: 104
(December 20, 1908 to September 10, 2013 )
Resident of Kennebunk, Maine

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Services will be private at a later date.

George Brenneman Barner

December 20, 1908 - September 10, 2013

George Brenneman Barner is the son of George Stewart Barner and Romayne Hertzler Brenneman Strickler. Born at home in Webster City, Iowa on December 20, 1908, Mr. Barner studied at Grinnell College for more than a year before transferring to Harvard College where he graduated with the Class of 1929. After two years at Harvard Law School, Mr. Barner transferred to Boston University Law School where he graduated with the Class of 1934. Following law school, Mr. Barner pursued graduate studies in jurisprudence at St. Edmund Hall in Oxford University in England, matriculating with the Class of 1935.

Mr. Barner’s legal career spanned more than thirty five years and included practicing in both large and small firms from New York, to Boston, to eventually establishing his own firm of Barner & Lundquist in Melrose, Massachusetts. There, he advised clients in all aspects of the law and was instrumental in the approval and construction of numerous prestigious housing developments throughout Massachusetts including Wingaersheek Beach and New Seabury on the Cape. He served two terms as Alderman of the City of Melrose and also served in the active Coast Guard during World War II.

Mr. Barner’s first marriage was to Vivianne Wentworth Eldridge of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with whom he had three children. Vivianne suffered an untimely death in 1958 and in 1962, Mr. Barner married Barbara Bryant Thayer who herself had two children from a prior marriage. In 1964 they had their first child together.

Throughout his life, Mr. Barner pursued numerous interests and actively participated in myriad clubs. As a child, he was an Eagle Scout with Murray McMurray’s Boy Scout Troop and played several leads in high school theatrical productions. While at Harvard, Mr. Barner was a prominent member of the Pi Eta Theatrical Club and was elected to the highest office of the SAE fraternity. Mr. Barner was a Shriner and life member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company. He was Judge Advocate in Chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and a life member of SAR. An avid sailor, he was also a life member of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Having started collecting stamps at the age of eight, Mr. Barner spent nearly all of his free time either improving his collection or carrying on the family tradition of travel. Mr. Barner explored much of Brazil during the 1950s and gave regular slide shows on his adventures up and down the Amazon. He hitchhiked throughout Europe as a teenager and in later years made trips to West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.

In retirement, Mr. Barner and his wife, Barbara, lived on the West Coast of Florida and in Kennebunkport, Maine. Mrs. Barner predeceased her husband in 2010.

He is survived by his children: Barry Barner of Harvey Station, New Bruswick; Pamela Carroll of Westmoreland, New Hampshire; Dean Barner of Callander, Ontario; Christian L. Barner of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Kim Thayer Streetman of Newton, Massachusetts. His stepson, Bryant Thayer, predeceased him in 2011.

Services will be private at a later date.


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