Charles Barnard

Obituary of Charles Barnard

Charles Arthur Barnard, 93, of Basking Ridge (Cherished husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather)


Charles Arthur Barnard was born on December 9, 1924 and passed away on November 11, 2018 at his home, with family. 

Born and raised in Bernardsville, he was the first of four boys of Charles Henry and Margaret Bewsher Barnard. 

Although raised during the depression, Charles had fond memories of growing up with his three brothers in Bernardsville, appreciating what they had.  Before joining the Navy, some ways he earned money was by milking cows and goats, cutting wood and helping neighbors keep bees.   He cherished the simplicity of those days.

Charles worked in a laboratory for most of his career at Celanese in Summit.  However, his faith was the most important part of his life and brought him much comfort and happiness throughout the years.  As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses he enjoyed volunteering his time in Bible education work, sharing his positive hope for the future with others as well as working on construction projects. 

Charles is survived by his beloved wife Jayne, son Mark, son Todd (Cathy), daughter Sarah (Howard), and daughter Lisa (Kerry).  Charles is predeceased by his first wife Jean.  He is also survived by three brothers Robert, Ronald (Dorothy), and Richard; beloved grandchildren Zachary (Jennifer), Emily (Rusty), Jennifer (Orrin), Wren and Brooke, and great-grandchildren Hazel and Charles.  “Pop Pop” cherished many happy times with his grandchildren – from babysitting and assisting them with homework and projects to chauffeuring.

Charles is best known by his family and friends as a giver, always ready to help others in any way possible.  He looked forward to the time when God “will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more.” (Revelation 21:4) This hope of a resurrection will sustain us until we are united with him. 

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