David M. Barclay lived for 80 full and wonderful years. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.
He was a kind and generous soul who loved and appreciated his life and everyone in it. He was a self-employed, independent craftsman and builder, a master woodcarver/artist and traveler and an amazing Dad, Baba/Padre, Brother, Uncle and friend. David created a list of life goals - and he achieved in his life just about everyone. He was a good person who treated everyone well. He always had time for people, and shared a smile.
David graduated from Gettysburg College in 1961, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, Berna Barclay, of Apalachicola; children Jennifer Barclay, her husband Jim Leahy, and their son, Sam, of Fairfield, Iowa; Andrew Barclay and his son Owen, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Megan and Sean Reid and their sons Aidan, John and Patrick of Glenlivet, Scotland; as well as brothers Jeff and Jay,, and sister Bunny, and their families.
David was born Oct. 30, 1939 in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, and grew up one of six children. He met Berna, the love of his life, when he was 10. They married in 1962 and raised three children (and many dogs!). David and Berna are from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and have lived in Frenchtown, New Jersey; Dixon, New Mexico and in Apalachicola. They enjoyed years of happy summers in the 1000 Islands, New York.
David was in his element creating, designing and building, figuring out how to bring his ideas for structures or art to life in three dimensions. He was always happy doing the work he loved, usually while listening to wonderful music (his brother, Jeff, made him an iPod with a million songs on it that he listened to for years). He enjoyed fishing, cooking delicious meals, spending time with people, both family, lifelong friends and people he had just met (who could quickly become friends). He loved making surprise visits to old friends and having wonderful dinner parties and making people happy.
He was one of the strongest, most accepting people. He lived in complete trust that everything would be ok, and so it was.
Every day, when asked how he was: he would reply, “Perfect” with his twinkling eyes and bright smile, and he meant it.
When he was diagnosed with cancer: he replied with his often-used phrase, “It’s always something,” but he kept on living and working; in fact, he built an entire, beautiful new house!
And when the end was inevitable, “Well kid, that’s where we are” He accepted with grace and dignity that it was his time, and he was able to transition peacefully at home. He wanted to live on for many, many more years, appreciating life, exploring and enjoying it all.
David will be missed by all who knew him (every time a soul departs, our world is changed). The world is a better place for having had him in it.
Please honor the memory of David by celebrating life with your family and friends. Eat good food and laugh and enjoy; and raise a glass of red in his name, remembering his genuine kindness, reminding all of us to appreciate life, love what you do every day, and choose to be happy.
Cards may be sent to: Berna Barclay, P.O. Box 2, Apalachicola, FL 32329. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Apalachicola Riverkeeper.