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Ronald Lloyd Barclay

Ron Barclay passed away at his home in Seattle on February 4, 2017, at the age of 85. He was born on July 3, 1931, the second child of Charles Barclay and Hildur Pedersen. After graduating from high school in Vancouver, Wash., he entered the University of Washington, where he earned a degree in dentistry in 1955. In college he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends, and met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Loe. After a stint in the Army at Fort Lewis, Ron and Mary settled in Seattle, where he maintained a flourishing dental practice for the next forty years.

The growing Barclay family moved into their newly built house on Lake Washington in 1962. Six months later, Mary died in a car accident, leaving Ron to raise his two small boys on his own. He met this challenge with courage, grace, and a natural buoyancy that he brought to everything he did. In later years, the house on the lake came to be known fondly as Camp Barclay among family and friends who came to visit for a few hours but then stayed for the weekend, inspired by the conviviality of their host.

From the time Ron was three years old and stood on a piano bench singing "The Object of My Affection" beside his father at the keyboard, he loved to sing and he loved parties. He sang with the Seattle Choral Company for many years, directed musical Christmas shows at the University Club, and sang while accompanying himself and others on countless pianos in all kinds of settings. Ron's energy was contagious and his indefatigable sociability was a wonder to his children and a joy to his friends.

He loved to ski, which he learned because his future wife made it a condition of getting married, and he took many ski trips with family and friends. He was an avid traveler, and eventually his travels covered much of the world. At the age of 75 he started a new chapter, moving to Willapa Bay in Long Beach, where he pursued his love of gardening (and jazz, cards, and dominoes), continued the Camp Barclay tradition of entertaining, and made a new circle of friends. He liked to tell his children and grandchild that "only the boring get bored," and he never was.

Ron is survived by his sons, John and Tom, his daughters-in-law, Lisa and Claudine, and his beloved granddaughter, Nathalie, as well as the extended McCurdy family. His sister, Betty McCurdy, to whom he was very close, died just weeks before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Seattle Tennis Club on Thursday, February 16, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 8 to Feb. 12, 2017
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