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John Linde Barker
PORTLAND -- John Linde Barker, of Woodfield Road, died on Jan. 13, 2013, at the Cedars after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Portland on Nov. 12, 1930, the son of John C. and Elsie Linde Barker. John attended local schools and graduated from Deering High School in the class of 1948.
John attended Bowdoin College where he was a member of Chi Psi National Fraternity and graduated in the class of 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received his master's degree in business administration in 1954 from Wharton Graduate division of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Maine, he joined S.D. Warren/Scott Paper Company in the field of financial accounting where he was manager of financial accounting until his retirement in 1991 after a 38 year career.
Active in civic affairs, John was chairman of the United Way budget and allocations committee from 1975-1977 and a member of the board of directors and executive committees during the same period.
He was a corporator and president of the trustees of the Children's Hospital until that institution and its endowment became merged with the Maine Medical Center and was an ex- officio trustee of the Maine Medical Center from 1970-1982, and upon his death was a corporator of the recently created Maine Health.
In 1979, John was appointed by the Portland City Council to the Portland Planning Board, where he served for 11 years as member, vice chairman and chairman. He found the challenge of the 80s and the sudden development of the city and its waterfront to be demanding, yet exciting.
John was vice president of the Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce and became secretary-treasurer of the
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Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, John served as a director of the S.D. Warren Federal Credit Union, the Credit Counseling Center of Maine and the YMCA in Portland.
John was a 60 year member of Woodfords Congregational Church where he served on a number of committees including the board of trustees of which he was chairman from 1977-1979. He was a member of the Woodfords Club for over 50 years, a member of the 60+ Group, the men's discussion group, and the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association.
John and his family enjoyed their summer cottage on the west shore of Sebago Lake in Standish.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Roberta Lee Page Barker of Portland; their three children, John P. Barker and his wife Dawn of Westbrook, Anne B. MacConnell of Scarborough, and Jeffrey M. Barker of Windham; as well as two grandsons, Nicholas Page MacConnell and Aaron McChesney Barker; and a sister, Constance B. Kent and her husband Stanley W. Kent.
There are no visiting hours scheduled. A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m., in the Woodfords Congregational Church, with the Rev. Carolyn Lambert officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. Online condolences can be given to John's family at
Contributions can be given
in John's memory to:
202 Woodford St.
Portland, Maine 04103
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 16, 2013
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"Roberta, We were saddened to read about John's passing and convey our condolences to you and your..."
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- Judy Chandler
"Dear Roberta, John, Ann and Jeff, We are deeply saddened by the loss af John, a dear friend of 48..."
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