Jeff Barnard, 1948-2010

Our dear friend Jeff Barnard passed away Sunday.

Update: “There will be a gathering of family and friends at The Grafton Inn, 25 Central Square, Grafton, MA on Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM- all are welcome to attend.”

Update: Obituary (pasted below)

As you might expect, online tributes have poured out for the Dean of Worcester Bloggers.

Jeff’s obituary:

Jeffrey E. Barnard, 61, of Worcester, died at home Sunday, November 28th, with his wife by his side, after a battle with melanoma.

He leaves his wife of 20 years, Kathleen A. (Robichaud) Barnard; a daughter, Jennifer J. Moberg of Charlton; a stepson, Sean D. Ausmus of Worcester; two granddaughters, Julia and Jordan; his mother, Barbara McLellan of Grafton; a brother, Jon Barnard of Grafton; two sisters, Joanne List and her husband, Mark, of Fort Myers Beach, FL; Jane St. Denis and her husband, Bob, of Millbury; his mother-in-law, Anne Richard of West Boylston; his sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Wessell and her husband, James, of Leicester; and six nieces.

Mr. Barnard was born in Worcester, the son of Robert Barnard. He was a popular blogger in Worcester, authoring “Wormtown Taxi”. He was the recipient of Worcester Magazine’s “Blogger of the Year” award for 2010, and was recently honored with the key to the City of Worcester for his blogging accomplishments.

Music was a big part of Jeff’s life- he was a talented guitarist and songwriter.

He was a member of the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association for many years.

The family thanks Gary Tanguay, M.D., and the UMASS-Memorial Home Hospice, especially Lynn McCrann, R.N., for all their care and concern for Jeff.

Per Jeff’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.

O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue, is directing arrangements.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at The Grafton Inn, 25 Central Square, Grafton, MA on Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM- all are welcome to attend.

4 thoughts on “Jeff Barnard, 1948-2010

  1. The respect and admiration for my brother you have all demonstrated through the years is so comforting right now. I always loved reading his stuff, long before blogging was even an idea in someone’s head. Jeff was a huge influence in my life, from day one. I am glad to see that Wormtown Taxi brought him the acknowledgement of his incredible insight and communication abilities that he so deserved.

    Thank you Worcester blogging community.

  2. He is free taken by the hand of Christ into the loving arms of our Father in heaven. Rest in eternal joy.

    Thank you Jeff for sharing your incredible personal experience and story. Thank you Kathy for sharing Jeff with all the rest of us.

    Sincerely

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