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Hank E. "Henry" Barcus

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Hank (Henry) E. Barcus

Hank (Henry) E. Barcus, 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 surrounded by family.

Born in Barberton, Ohio, Hank was an honors student at Barberton High School and attended Carnegie Mellon on full scholarship from the Ohio Brass Foundation, studying electrical engineering.

Hank retired from IBM after 30 years, where he worked on the Goodyear Team in Marketing and Systems Engineering. He was an early adopter of technology and worked to create IBM Akron's PC display room with IBM's first entry into the personal computing market. Following his retirement from IBM, Hank worked for another 11+ years at National City Bank in Email Systems Administration, and then retired for a second time.

A 30-year resident of Fairlawn, Hank was civic-minded. He was involved in city government as a member of the Fairlawn City Charter Review Commission. Due to Hank's work with the Summit County Republican party, he was elected to the Summit County Central Committee, and also worked at the Summit County Board of Elections. One of his proudest achievements was his tireless advocacy for preserving and adding safe sidewalk paths for the use of Fairlawn children and residents; he and his wife Marie worked with the city to encourage installation of sidewalks on Sand Run Parkway and other key city streets. Hank also served his country as a veteran of both the Air Force National Guard and the Air Force Reserves.

A kind, loving, and gentle man, Hank was devoted to his family and friends and his hobbies were things he could do along with them. An avid Ohio sports fan, he instilled the love of sports in his children. His children and grandchildren all have fond memories of watching football games from his lap, where he had the best hugs and the safest arms. He loved to bowl with his sisters and family and held several trophies over the years. His son, David was his best golfing buddy. He was so proud of his daughter Joan's direction of the Cavs Dance Team. He had a great time watching Blue Jackets games and looking for his daughter Julie's blue wig in the crowd.

Hank was a music aficionado and adored blues and jazz, with a bit of country and opera thrown in. He loved the live music scene and found himself in many interesting dives following his favorite entertainers from city to city. He was an excellent dancer and with Marie in his arms, they lit up the room with their elegant waltzing and jitterbugging.

Travel and hiking were two of his other passions. His walking travels took him from the serene beaches of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas; to Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge, to the majestic power of Niagara Falls. He and Marie recently achieved 40 years of participation in the Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree. His musical travels took him to the blues scenes of Chicago and St. Louis; to Gatlinburg and Nashville. Hank was a lot of fun.

Hank had a generosity of spirit and was an advisor and mentor to a number of friends and family. He was a wonderful listener and always had a way of lifting up those that were troubled and pointing out their good qualities and strengths. He was confident they would succeed at anything they tried, and he believed in them.

And Hank was so much more – lover of hot black coffee and appreciative of single malt scotch. Rescuer and lover of dogs, including his current cocker spaniel friend Charlie. Innovator of unique solutions for household problems, including the squirrel-proof bird feeder and the fail-safe dog run. The legacy he leaves behind is a thing of beauty. Hank brought so much joy to the lives of others and we are all honored to have been a part of his life.

Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Gertrude; and sisters, Grace, Barb and Dottie. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Marie; children, Julie (Brian) Maurer, Joan (Larry) Saltis, and David (Amanda) Barcus; grandchildren, Lawrence, Ella, Eloise, and Mabel; many nieces, nephews, family members and an abundance of close and wonderful friends.

Calling hours Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd., where funeral services will be held at 12 noon Monday. Calling hours will also be held 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may, if they wish, donate in Hank's name to either the Hospice of Medina County or Greater East Ohio Chapter of .

Fairlawn, 330-836-3100
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2014
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