Bark, George H., was born on May 4, 1923 in N.Y. City. He embarked on his final voyage on August 2, 2012, age 89, in Coconut Creek, FL. His family and relatives came from the northern shores of the Adriatic Sea, an area known for its seafarers. As a result, he fell in love with ships and the sea at an early age. Upon acceptance into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he was sent to the Basic Officer Training School in Pass Christian, MS. In 1949, George received his Unlimited Master's License at the age of 26. He then came ashore to start a new life with his beloved wife, Diana. Together, they built a new home in Massapequa, L.I.N.Y. and raised a family of three sons and one daughter. Diana's doctor recommended a climate change as a last resort to ease her health problems, and the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Here George was hired by Hull & Cargo Surveyors, Inc. and soon took charge of operations as the Principal Surveyor for South Florida, the Bahamas, the West Indies and Central America. George loved to travel, and now enjoyed ten years more of it, investigating all sorts of shipwrecks and cargo losses, without having any mishaps, in spite of many "close-calls". He was a member of the Port Everglades Chapter of the Propeller Club, the Council of American Master Mariners, and the Gulfstream Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans. He served pro-bono, as the editor of the Gulfstream Chapter and Propeller Club newsletters for many years. In 1999, George created the Official U.S. Merchant Marine Seal, which is mounted in bronze-on-granite along side the seals of the five other services, at the National U.S. World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was a loving husband and father throughout his very busy lifetime and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Diana, of 65 years; his son Gregory Bark and daughter-in-law Carol Chapman-Bark of Massapequa, NY, son Lance of Coconut Creek, FL, daughter Stacey Tufts of Worcester, MA; grandson Vincent Tufts of Ft. Lauderdale, granddaughter Chloe and grandson Blaise of Massapequa, NY; great-nephew Mark Pavlica and great-great nieces Vanessa and Moyna Pavlica of Farmingdale, NY and lastly "Smokey" the cat. Visitation will be Monday, from 4 to 5 p.m. with a Memorial Service starting at 5 p.m. at T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his loving memory to "Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital". Arrangements entrusted to T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, 7001 NW 4th Street, Plantation, FL 33317 (954) 587-6888
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 5, 2012