Lydia Poole Barker

April 3, 1988February 28, 2011

Lydia Poole Barker, “Poole”, age 22 of Westport, Massachusetts died February 28, 2011 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Poole and her loving companion, Ian Parente, lived in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Born in Providence, RI, the daughter of Warren Kingsley Barker and the late Constance Leslie, she was a graduate of Friends Academy and Westport High School, Class of 2006. A consummate artist, she attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and graduated with a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Summa Cum Laude, Class of 2010.

Poole was a presence in life and will remain a presence in the way she touched the people around her and through her art. From her early doodlings in her mother’s studio in Providence to her full fledged sculptures as an accomplished artist her work evoked a passion and joy for the piece, for the recipient, and for the natural world that often inspired it. No valentine was an ordinary card from Poole Barker and the world vied to be so honored. That cup of coffee served to you accompanied by her radiant smile carried you throughout the day and a knowing world flocked to the Art Café in Little Compton. Her hand made paper and the sculpture that emerged from its folds celebrated in its beauty the natural beauty in the world that surrounds us and that world is better for it. Her love for Ian, her family, and her friends seemed as boundless as the ocean that carries him and now her spirit. May her radiance and love continue to inspire and sustain all whose lives she touched. As well as her father she is survived by her brother, Wylie Barker, her sister, Lily Barker, grandmother, Joan Leslie of Brunswick, Maine, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was the granddaughter of the late William H. and Harriet A. Barker and John F. Leslie. Her Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am in the United Congregational Church, The Commons, Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lydia Poole Barker Memorial Fund for the Westport High School Art Department c/o Westport Education Foundation, P.O. Box N662, Westport, MA 02790.




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Stephanie Derbyshire

February 24, 2012

Dear Warren, Wiley,Lily and Ian,
I know that it is not any easier now almost one year later. I just wanted you to know, that there are those of us who have lost and we all know that the pain is and will always be there. Softer as time goes on, not as sharp as it feels right now. The memory of Poole's life and who she was to each of you will start to grow and become larger than the pain you now feel because she was taken from all of you much too soon. Her smile, her talent,her kindess and her gifts to each of you while she was here is what she would want you to celebrate. We all remember and want you to know that you are not alone.

Tim Reny

March 25, 2011

Dear Warren,

Just learned of the very sad news regarding your daughter's passing. Though I never met Poole, it's clear that she was a very warm, bright and creative light in this world, loved by and loving to, so many . . . her life and time on this earth must have brought great joy to you over the years. May her special spirit always be felt and honored by all who were fortunate to be touched by her.

Elizabeth Lockley

March 15, 2011

For the ten years I lived in Connie's house next to her studio in Providence, I had the joy of seeing Poole grow from a beautiful, cherished toddler through her early school years - a loving, creative, radiant child who was very much loved.
Warren, my heart is with you, Wylie and Lily at this sad time and also with Laura and Beth.

Marissa B

March 12, 2011

I feel blessed to have known Poole growing up. I have always been inspired and in awe of her radiance, beauty and talent. My deepest and most sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you in this great time of loss, Warren, Wiley, Lily and Ian. Poole's spirit and graceful presence will be forever carried on through her artwork, the rivers, ocean, beaches, marshes, and all those she touched with her love.

Tom Daniels

March 12, 2011

Dear Warren,
My heart just breaks.

Judy Wicks

March 11, 2011

Dear Warren and the Barker family,

I've been thinking of you since hearing the heartbreaking news about Poole. I only met her once or twice, but have always known who she was and what a bright talent she had. She will be greatly missed. Warren, how lucky you are to have had such a daughter. I know that your wonderful family will support and help each other through this time.

Debra Huntington

March 11, 2011

Warren, Wiley, Lily and Ian,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and my heart is broken. She was a wonderful friend, daughter, sister and artist.

Amy Lund

March 11, 2011

My condolences. The loss of a bright light in our artistic South Coast community.

Avery Dey

March 10, 2011

You were the only girl I have ever known that could rock dreds. They said a lot about you, effortlessly beautiful and unique. You have taught me to sail and more importantly to smile. I will forever cherish the time I got to spend with you.

Michele Corbeil

March 10, 2011

To Warren and family,
I did not know your lovely daughter, but my prayers are with you as you try to deal with this immense loss.