Bernard Uhart Jr.

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Bernard "Barney" Uhart Jr., 59, passed away at home in Anchorage, Alaska on September 8, 2012 after a long and brave fight with cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Avenue in Anchorage. His family will spread his ashes later in a private ceremony.

Barney was born on September 29, 1952 in Fresno, California. His parents were Basque immigrants from the Pyrenees Mountains in France. They owned and operated a Basque Hotel and Restaurant where Barney and his siblings grew up and were raised in the Basque Culture which included family style meals and spending the evening singing, dancing, and playing the accordion to entertain the guests. He spoke fondly of those memories.

Barney moved to Hawaii after high school to pursue his education at the University of Hawaii. He loved Hawaii so much that he stayed for twenty years. He was a Hawaiian boy in his heart and soul. In the last month of his life he took his family to Hawaii and felt like he was truly home again.

Barney lived and worked at Wake Island for awhile, which was another place near and dear to his heart. He moved to Alaska in 1990 and lived and worked at Amchitka Island until 1993; it was there he met his wife Randi. He then moved to Valdez in 1993 and to King Salmon in 1994 until 1995. He worked for the Piquniq Management Corporation from 1990-1993, and then with the Chugach Alaska Corporation from 1993 until 2012. Barney was well known in the Business community.

Barney loved fishing, diving, and playing golf. He was an avid sports fan, especially when the San Francisco 49ers was involved. However, nothing could compare to spending time with Randi and his children. The children loved going to their favorite restaurant with their Daddy.

The family says, "Barney worked hard and played hard. Most parents discourage roughhousing in the house, but Barney initiated it." He had an incredible mind and was a wealth of knowledge, whether it was sports statistics, geography, history, or all the rest. He was great helping the children with their homework. Barney was incredibly charismatic and had a commanding presence. He was a generous and welcoming friend, dedicated to his family, and a loving son, brother, uncle, son-in-law, and brother-in-law.

There will be a huge void in the lives and hearts of everyone that knew him.

Barney was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Uhart; his mother Marie Uhart Gibson and his stepfather Tex Gibson, and sadly by his brother Jean Uhart who passed just nine days prior.

He is survived by his wife Randi Uhart of Anchorage, AK; daughters Jordan and Abigail, and son Jacob also of Anchorage, AK; sister Marie Bowcut and her husband Steve from CA; stepbrother John Gibson and his wife Susan of TX; stepbrother Kip Gibson and his wife Sabra of CA; stepbrother Peter Gibson and his wife Maria of CA; nephew Danny Lacno, Jr. of AZ; niece Stefanie Bowcut of CA; and sister-in-law Patricia Uhart from California.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made in Barney's name to the or the Providence Hospice.

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1800 Dare Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99515
(907) 345-2244
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2012
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