Jed Barker, 55, of Amherst, NH passed away at 11:48 PM on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH after a brave and dignified battle with colon cancer. He began this battle when he was diagnosed last summer with stage-4 colon cancer. He showed commemorable strength and will, until the very end.
He was born May 31, 1959 in Waterville, Maine, to his loving parents Raymond and Florence Barker. Jed grew up in Belgrade Maine and attended high school at Messalonskee High in Oakland, Maine. He has been residing in Amherst for the past 12 years. While he spent time in California for a number of years, in his heart, he was always a true “Mainer.”
He is survived by his mother Florence Barker, his three beloved daughters; Elizabeth (22), Morgan (14) and Hailey (10), two sisters; Cheryl Barker and Trudy Luce, two; brothers Marty and Ray, as well as his devoted wife Lynne (Boudreau) Barker. Jed’s father, Raymond Barker, preceded him in death in 1995.
Jed was always a loving, father, brother, son, husband, friend, neighbor and the best stranger you could ever meet. To say that he was an amazing person just isn’t enough.
Jed’s family would like to thank the medical staff and nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for their outstanding efforts in treating Jed. The family would also like to thank the kind and gentle nurses at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack for making Jed’s passing as peaceful as possible.
Jed was also a dedicated member of the Congregational Church of Amherst and loved attending Pastor Dick’s services. Earlier in life, he was a longtime student and teacher under Kancho Randy Huard of Winslow, Maine, where he learned and found his sincere love for martial arts. He had a 4th degree black belt and was a Sensei at his own dojo, Barker’s Ju-Jitsu Karate, Inc. located in Oakland, Maine, where he was highly respected in the community.
A memorial service will be held Saturday April 11th at the Congregational Church of Amherst at 4PMT. Pastor Dick Leavitt will be officiating. After the service, we plan to meet in the Church’s fellowship room for a reception. We will also be having a celebration for Jed in Maine on Sunday, May 31st, location and time TBD.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either The American Cancer Association by either calling 1-800-227-2345 or going online to www.cancer.org or to the The Congregational Church of Amherst, NH where Jed was a loved member. Address is 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH 03031.