Former recreation director Barnard dies at age of 72

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Chuck Barnard, the former Havelock Parks and Recreation director, died Sunday at the age of 72.

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 06:21 PM.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Barnard, the former director of the Havelock Parks and Recreation Department, died Sunday from cancer at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport. He was 72.

Barnard served in the Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring as a master gunnery sergeant. He worked in the recreation department for 14 1/2 years, including time as director.

He was a member of the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club and was at one time the chairman of the Havelock Historical Society.

He ran for mayor in 2009 against Jimmy Sanders, coming up just 13 votes short.

“It’s the closest election I’ve ever been in,” Sanders said at the time. “I think Chuck ran a good campaign and he got his voters out.”

Barnard said he was disappointed in the loss and would be back to run again, but earlier this year, when the battle against cancer was taking its toll, Bernard said he would not be able to enter the 2013 municipal race.

Dave Smith succeeded Barnard as recreation director in January 2004.



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