LUBEC – Barney Rier, 82, born Sept. 16, 1926, died early in the morning Friday, June 12, 2009. He had suffered with Parkinson’s disease for many years and experienced steadily declining health. When Barney was younger, he owned and operated a sardine factory and pearl essence business. When he retired he built and operated the Sardine Museum, which he opened when he felt like it, but mostly he collected and worked on antiques and old machinery. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and in his museum. Barney was one of a kind and everyone who knew him, whether they liked him or not, knows this as a fact. Barney leaves his loving wife, Rebecca; daughters, Cathy, Janet and Carolyn; sons, Frank, Stevie and Eddie; brother, Raymond; and sisters, Evelyn, Pat and Carolee. He also has 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. We all know you’re in a better place and we are pleased to have had you in our lives as long as we did. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lubec, with Father Eugene Gaffey, celebrant. Burial will be afterward at Old Chapel Cemetery, Trescott. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Lubec.
Posted June 14, 2009, at 7:47 p.m.