Paul David Barcelo
Paul David Barcelo, 73 years old, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014 after a short battle with lung cancer. Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda (Vautrain); daughter, Marlaina (Wilson) Townsend of Concord, NH; son, Craig (Stephanie) Barcelo Hagyard of Salem, MA; two grandchildren, Julian Barcelo Townsend and Olivia Jane Townsend; siblings, Charles (Audrey) Barcelo of Port Orange, FL and Ronald (Mary) Barcelo of Ormond Beach, FL. He was the son of Ronald and Una Barcelo (Hunnewell).
Paul was born in Brockton, MA and raised in South Weymouth, MA where he apprenticed to a watchmaker at age 15. He joined the Air National Guard and was activated in the 102nd Air Defense Wing at Phalsbourg Air Base in France in 1961 and 1962. After returning from service Paul continued his work as a watchmaker until seeking greater opportunity as a Computer Operator. Paul joined Honeywell Information systems where he attained the position of Senior Systems Engineer. During this period Paul attended night school at Northeastern University and earned a BS in Information System Management. Paul and Linda moved to Webster, TX in 1990 where Paul worked on the International Space Station. He left to join Northrop Grumman in Melbourne, FL where he successfully launched several new JSTARS aircraft into service.
After retiring in 2004, Paul and Linda split their time between Melbourne, FL and Concord, NH. Paul enjoyed playing golf and spending summers with his daughter's family in Concord, NH. Here he was able to enjoy his favorite pursuit of spoiling his grandchildren. Paul was a longtime congregant of the Crossroads Community Church in Melbourne. He was active with Habitat for Humanity, participating in the construction of several homes in the Melbourne area. He was also active with the Buses and Backpacks program through his church. In addition, he chose to spend many Thanksgivings serving meals at the Salvation Army and volunteered at the Daily Bread in Melbourne.
A service will be held at a later date. The family extends an invitation to all those who knew Paul and his family to celebrate his life at his daughter's house at 50 Hampton St, Concord, NH on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Published in FloridaToday on Sep. 19, 2014.