Gordon W. Barkhouse

August 25, 1921March 4, 2011

Gordon W. Barkhouse, 89, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at The Oaks, New Bedford. During his lifetime, he was fondly called “Flip” by his family and “Barky” by his friends. He was the husband of the late Anna A. (Zahoruko) Barkhouse, to whom he was married for 58 years. Born in Cambridge, MA, son of the late Ralph and Gretchen (Vroom) Barkhouse, he graduated from Malden High School in 1940. During World War II he served in the Merchant Marines.

Mr. Barkhouse was the former co-owner of Wareham Auto Parts. He was president of both the Plymouth and Marion Lions Clubs, and a member of the Wareham Elks. In 2003 he received his 50 year pin from the Pythagorean Lodge in Marion. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Marion.

Formerly of Boynton Beach, FL, Barky enjoyed golf, travel, playing cards, cooking, and reading. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Lemire of Marion, Susan Smith and her husband Barry of Marion, three grandchildren, Jennifer Lemire and husband Jason Kaufman, Karen Smith and husband Nathaniel Baer, Jeremy Smith and wife Michelle. He is also survived by four great grandchildren, Alasdair Smith, Flora Baer, Asher and Silas Kaufman. He was brother to Edwin and Frank Barkhouse, and the late Harry, Hubert and Ralph Barkhouse, Doris Coles and Nancy Figueiredo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 2:30 PM at the First Congregational Church, 28 Main Street, Marion, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Congregational Church of Marion, PO Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn. For online tributes please visit:


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Susan Smith

April 2, 2011

Kelvin Goh

March 26, 2011

Dear Pat, Aunt Sue, Jen, and family,

We are very sorry for your loss. We keep you in our thoughts as you grieve and hope that you find strength and comfort knowing that “grandpa” – as we know Jen affectionately calls him – has been released from suffering. We’re certain that wherever he is now, he is in good hands. In fact he’s probably his good old self again – jovial, energetic, helpful – the way he was meant to be.

Kelvin and Vlad

Candy Mclaughlin

March 24, 2011

A great guy and a great uncle.
I have fond memories of him growing up.
Funny, joker, teaser,helpful and caring.
I will miss him a lot.

March 13, 2011

Flip was my big brother and mentor. He was a great salesman and a funny man. I will miss him and his jokes. He gave me my first job when I left the service and that was how I met my wife, Thanks Flip. Frankie and Ann

Michelle Smith

March 11, 2011

Everyone should have a grandpa as funny and full of life as Barkey. I love all the Grampy tales Jeremy has shared with me. What a fantastic guy, I feel privileged to have known him.

Grampy you are dearly missed.

Margaret McGowan

March 9, 2011

Pat,so sorry to read of the passing of your Dad.I know what he meant to you. He was very fortunate to have the loving family he had.He must have been very special to earn that love.My deepest sympathies to all.

Kathleen Fisher

March 9, 2011

I never met Gordon but know Susan, Barry and Jeremy and saw how very much they loved him. I pray for them in their sadness and that the Good Lord has already welcomed Gordon to his final rest in heaven. May he rest in peace and those feeling Gordon's loss feel our love and prayers. I am very sorry.
Kathleen Fisher

March 8, 2011

May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of "Barkey". Atria Fairhaven Family......

March 8, 2011

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Family of Gordon Barkhouse.
We were sorry to hear of his passing.
Art & Diane Lemire