Roland Barker, Jr, 88, of South Yarmouth, MA passed away on January 23, 2019 at home.
Born and raised in Montclair, NJ, he proudly served in the US Air Force, 762nd Radar Squadron, during the Korean War, stationed in North Truro and later Morocco, until his honorable discharge in 1954. After serving in the Air Force he returned to Dartmouth College to complete his undergraduate degree in English-Education and later completed his higher education earning a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.
Roland’s career as an English teacher began in the Northport (Long Island), NY school district and spanned over 30 years, mostly in the same school and classroom. During his time in Northport he also enjoyed coaching football and baseball and raising his still young family. After retiring from teaching he worked alongside his wife in the printing business she owned until her own retirement, and shortly thereafter they made South Yarmouth their permanent residence.
Roland’s passion for Cape Cod life began at an early age, when he was fortunate to accompany his parents on the long drive from New Jersey to spend time in West Dennis at the property his grandfather had purchased and which remains in the family to this day. This continued into the late 40’s to early 50’s when he followed in his father’s footsteps and played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth Red Sox and then, while stationed on Cape Cod, for the Otis AFB Blue Sox. It was also around this same time, down at West Dennis Beach, that he met a local girl who would become the love of his life. Roland and Beverly married in 1952, and they first lived in Truro and Provincetown, often, as he said, “Without two nickels to rub together, but one of the best times of our lives.” With the exception of his time spent in Morocco, he always and faithfully returned to the Cape with his own family several times a year. Once permanently settled on the Cape, “Rolly” continued his great love of baseball, joining another of the great local leagues, the Cape Senior Softball League, where he excelled as a pitcher, while forging a great number of friendships.
Roland was predeceased by his parents, Roland and Margaret (Manwell) Barker; and his wife, Beverly Anne (Robie) Barker, the absolute love of his life.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Roland Barker of West Dennis, MA; James Robert and his wife Jennifer Barker of Robbinsville, NJ; Jeffrey Edward Barker of Northport, NY; Grandchildren, Racheal Marie Barker of Snohomish, WA; Hilary Elizabeth Barker of Hamilton, NJ; Hannah Leigh Barker of Robbinsville, NJ; Great Granddaughter Nicole Barker of Snohomish, WA; his sister, Francis and her husband Robert Melia; many cherished and caring cousins and nephews; and lastly, Annie, his most recent and constant companion, who will be well taken care of as per Roland’s wishes.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Davenport Mugar Cancer Center, 27 Park Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.