Richard (Dick) Barney passed away peacefully June 8 in the wake of sudden and severe cardiac arrest. He was raised in Madison, New Jersey, and earned a B.A. degree from Davidson College as well as a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature from Princeton University.
His real passion, however, was math, and he soon studied on his own to pass the ten required exams to become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
He spent thirty years employed as a benefits and pension actuary while raising his family in Chatham, NJ, where he also served on the school board.
After retiring in 2004, he moved to Ticonderoga to enjoy his beloved Lake George area. Subsequently, he taught math part-time at SUNY Adirondack for 8 years.
Dick was a member of the Champlain Valley Chorale, a volunteer tax preparer for the Hague/Ticonderoga AARP Tax-Aide Program, and a member and Deacon of the Putnam United Presbyterian Church. He loved discussing politics and international relations and relished traveling, playing golf, and following sports.
In particular, he enjoyed keeping up with Davidson College’s basketball team, for which he had been a student manager as an undergraduate.
He was an enthusiastic supporter of his children’s sports activities as coach, official and #1 fan. Above all else, he loved his family and time spent with them.
Dick is survived by Ruth, his wife of 49 years; Sean, his son; Heather, his daughter; Nikki Lavoie and Abigail Noonan, his daughters-in-law; and Sophie Lavoie Boone, Christopher Lavoie Barney, and Theodore Roberts Noonan, his grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Silver Bay Association in summer 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick may be made to Silver Bay Association or American Field Service, which sponsors international student exchange programs.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga.
To offer online condolences, please visit www.wilcoxandreganfuneralhome.com.