Newburyport — Frederick Beale “Fred” Barclay, age 71, of Newburyport and Clarks Cove, Maine, died peacefully in his sleep at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on Sunday, October 28, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Wynnewood, Pa., February 28, 1941, he was the son of the late Charles and Katharine (Beale) Barclay. He was a graduate of The Haverford School, where he received the National Schoolboy Rowing Champion Award. Fred went on to graduate with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and an MBA in Finance in 1966 from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania, remaining a lifelong member of the Friers Honor Society and the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.
After attending Officers Candidate School, Fred received his officers commission and joined the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1969 as Lieutenant.
Mr. Barclay held various executive positions throughout his working career, from assistant vice president for the First National Bank of Boston and the Equitable Life Insurance Society, retiring from The Spencer Turbine Company in Windsor, Conn. where he had been nice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and member of the board of directors
His great love of boating and sailing, instilled in him as a boy by a sailing family, remained with him throughout his life - competitive racing in Comets at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, Olympic trials in The Flying Dutchman, and racing in the The Marshalls Catboat. The catboat later became the family boat for his children and grandchildren to enjoy with him. He was a member of the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven, N.J. and the American Yacht Club in Newburyport.
He had a strong interest in restoring his historic homes, was an avid reader, followed the stock market with a passion, and always enjoyed a good golf game with friends.
Fred was a member of the Mayflower Society, Pilgrim John Howland Society, Historical Society of Old Newbury where he had served as treasurer for many years, Old Town Country Club of Newbury, Christmas Cove Improvement Association of Christmas Cove, Maine, Dalton Club of Newburyport, Hartford Club of Hartford, Conn. and had been an incorporator of the Anna Jaques Hospital.
Fred is survived by his wife, Martha Sears Barclay of Newburyport; two children, Sarah Barclay Currier and husband Jason of Edgecomb, Maine and F. Beale Barclay, Jr. of Chester, Conn.; two grandchildren, Henry Lyman Currier and Lydia Adelaide Currier; two brothers, Charles Brunner Barclay, Jr. and wife Mary of Severna Park, Md. and “Jack” John Kennedy Barclay and wife Carol of Gladwyne, Pa.; brother-in-law, Wesley M. Heilman, III of Berwyn, Pa., along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Katharine Barclay Heilman.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Private interment will be on the Family Plot at the Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury.
Donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Historical Society of Old Newbury, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Fund (214373) at Mass General Hospital. Checs should be made payable to Mass General Hospital and sent to Jennifer Trapp, MGH, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or onlince gifts at http://www.massgeneral.org/give/. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.