Batavia - Mr. Charles D. “Chip” Barnard, Sr., age 69, of Batavia, former controller for G.T.E. Sylvania in Batavia, died Friday, October 22, 2010 at Highland Hospital in Rochester.
Mr. Barnard was born April 21, 1941 in Batavia, the son of the late Glenn and Eleanor Norris Barnard.
A 1973 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was a member of St. James Episcopal Church for over 46 years, he was a member of the Moose Club and loved watching trains and was an avid pheasant and deer hunter.
Following his employment from Sylvania, he worked at Fisher Price and Robison Appliance. Following his retirement he worked at Tops Markets as a product director and as a driver for GCASA.
At age 14, he began scuba diving and worked for many years as an underwater recovery scuba diver for the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. An animal lover, he will be dearly missed by his dogs Blondie May and Autumn Star whom he loved taking for walks.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean M. Pratt Barnard whom he married June 28, 1963; a son, Charles D. Barnard, Jr.; a daughter, Kim (James) Ficarella of Batavia; two granddaughters, Samantha and Nicole Ficarella of Batavia; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Marilyn (John) Orlando of Batavia, Bill (Elaine) Pratt of Rochester, Mary Jo (George) Davis of Batavia and the late Margaret Wescott. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials may be made to Restoration Fund at St. James Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com