Charles “Charlie” M. Barr died, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was the loving husband of Tina Barr for 27 years.
Charlie was born in 1936 and was the son of the late Kathleen and Charles M. Barr. Charlie was a native of Nantucket Island and graduated from Nantucket High School in 1954.
Charlie joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from high school. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving 2 Bronze Stars, with 1 Valor. He was also stationed in the Philippines and Guam during his time in the Air Force. He retired in 1976 from active duty while stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base after 21-1/2 years in the Air Force.
He returned as a Department of Defense policeman in 1979 and was assigned to one of the law enforcement flights. In 1980, the sergeant took charge of the civilian L.E. training section and in 1981 was promoted to supervising 19 other civilians. He was responsible for the securing of all the Rome Air Development Center test facilities in the central New York area. The base closed in the early 1990s and he moved to Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Tina.
Charlie enjoyed hunting and fishing and was on the committee of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. He was also an active member of the M.V. Surfcasters. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW for many years.
Besides his wife, Tina, he is survived by three children: Brenda Lino and her husband, Greg, of Falmouth; Melissa Rose and her husband, Robert, of Falmouth; and David Harvey and his wife, Heather, of Norwich, N.Y. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: David, Sarah, Elliot, and Mason Harvey, Josh and Mindy Baptiste, and Jesse and Benjamin Rose. He was a loving and involved grandpa. He also leaves behind his cat, “Gert,” whom he loved dearly.
A memorial service will be held at Our Lady Star of The Sea in Oak Bluffs at 11 am on Saturday, November 20. His final resting place will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with full military honors at a later date.
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