Philip Barker

Philip J. Barker

1934 - 2019
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Philip Jesse Barker, a former J.M. Huber Corporation manager who was very active in Havre de Grace and Harford County civic affairs, died on July 17, 2019. He was 84 years old.

Phil was born to the late Levin and Pearl (Cantwell) Barker in Salisbury, Maryland on September 24, 1934. After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1952, Phil worked at the Dupont Nylon Factory in Seaford, Delaware, until he entered the United States Army in 1954. He served in Japan during the Korean War era in the Army Security Agency until 1957 as a Russian Linguist.

After returning home in 1957, Phil enrolled in Salisbury State Teachers College and later transferred to the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1961 in Business and Public Administration. During that time, Phil also played semi-pro baseball in the Eastern Shore League of Maryland.

After graduation from college, Phil joined the Chemicals Division of the J.M. Huber Corporation in Havre de Grace in Product Development and retired in 1991, after more than 30 years, as a Technology Laboratory and Facility Manager. Phil also served as a Harford County Councilman, Havre de Grace City Councilman and is most proud of his time serving as the Mayor of Havre de Grace. As Mayor of Havre de Grace, he started a prayer before each Council meeting which is still observed today. He also put the Pledge of Allegiance back into the City Council meetings and had the first flag of Havre de Grace designed and approved by the City Council. He was also appointed by distinguished authority to serve as a Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commissioner serving eleven years representing Harford County. Phil also had the honor of being selected as one of Harford County’s Most Beautiful People in 1996.

Years after retiring, he re-entered the workforce and worked as the Community Relations Coordinator for Upper Chesapeake Health and later Director of Development for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center in Havre de Grace.

Phil served as a member of many organizations and boards, namely President, Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, President, Harford Habitat for Humanity, President, Board of Church Trustees, Vice-President, Recreation Committee, Chairman, Harford Cable Network, President, Maritime Museum, Exalted Ruler, BPOE 1564 Elks Lodge, President, Havre de Grace Little League, Secretary, Havre de Grace Football League, President, Havre de Grace City Council, President, Northeastern Technology Council, Member, United Way Board, The Salvation Army Board, APG Economic Advisory Board, Coalition on Disabilities, and Citizens Care Center and Rehabilitation Center Board. Phil also served on the Havre de Grace Elementary School Advisory Committee and Memory Walk Planning Committee.

Phil was honored to be elected to the Havre de Grace Little League Hall of Fame in 2004. He also was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Havre de Grace/Aberdeen Jaycees for his contributions to the youth of Harford County for his work with Havre de Grace Little League Baseball and Boys Football Program.
Because of Phil’s many experiences, he was chosen by the Maryland National Guard to represent them in Estonia in Eastern Europe as their Ambassador of Good Will. He also flew across country, representing the United States Air Force Reserve in another public relations venture.

Although Phil stayed very busy serving his community, he loved to travel with his wife, ‘Charlie’. They visited his daughter, Lisa, while she was stationed in Germany and many other places around the country. They also visited his son, Kevin, while he was stationed in Hawaii. They spent many a summer vacationing with their network of friends. But, their most favorite place of all was Disney World! His grandchildren will tell you that going to Disney World with PopPop was always fun and will recount the laughter listening to him ‘scream’ on the rides.

Phil is predeceased by his wife, Charlotte (Charlie) R. Barker and brother, Levin Barker of Palm Bay, Florida. His children are Kevin Michael Barker and wife Hope who currently live in Germany and Lisa Ellen Zaloudek and her husband, Rusty, who live in Kremlin, Oklahoma and his step-daughter, Tia Edwards who lives in Havre de Grace. His grand-children are Kelsey and Christopher Staudenecker and Zac Zaloudek who live in Oklahoma, Tyler and Lindsey Barker from Georgia, Taylor, Brooke and Matthew Edwards of Havre de Grace and his great-grandson Cade Staudenecker of Oklahoma. Phil also has many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews and cousins.

A viewing will be held on July 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The funeral will be held on July 26 at noon at Havre de Grace United Methodist Church. There will be a come and go reception at the Havre de Grace Elks Club after the funeral service on July 26th. If you are able to attend either of these, the family asks that you honor Phil by wearing your favorite Disney or Mickey Mouse Memorabilia…it will make him smile…

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Burial will be in Harford Memorial Gardens next to his wife ‘Charlie’. Phil will be missed by his family and all who have had the opportunity to get to know him throughout his life.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
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  • Service

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Havre de Grace United Methodist Church
    101 South Union Avenue
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
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    Pastor Norman Obenshain
  • Interment

    Harford Memorial Gardens
    3839 Aldino Road
    ABERDEEN, MD 21001
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Jacqueline Brown

Posted at 11:40am
Dear Kevin and Lisa:

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Words cannot express my profound sadness of hearing of the loss of your father. Your father was one of the nicest gentleman I had the pleasure of knowing and working with for over 25+ years at J.M. Huber Corporation. Forever and always, his memory lives on with me and all of us that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Jacqueline Brown

Rev Eddie Henry

Posted at 12:51pm
My sincere sympathy to entire family. Dressed & ready to be at service but held up at Docotors in Bel Air. Sorry to miss all of you. Phil was a good friend

Wayne & Mary Dougherty

Posted at 02:16pm
To the family of our dear friend Phil. Working with Phil left many memories that will
always be with us. Most of all Phil was a true friend and we were so lucky to have him
in our lives for many years. May he rest in Peace with his beloved wife Charlie.
We assure you from our family to yours you will be in our prayers during this most
difficult time.
Wayne & Mary Dougherty

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Posted at 09:32am
As you grieve, please know we are praying for each of you, asking the Lord to comfort and strengthen you today and in the days to come.
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Rich Norling

Posted at 06:10am
Phil was a friendly, open person who truly cared and worked to improve his community. Havre de Grace and Harford County are better because of his efforts.

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