In Memory

David Barclay

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12/19/19 10:27 AM #1    

Ray Ferreira

I remember Dave from NBHS. We were in several classes and lunchshift.  A fun guy and a friend to all who knew him.  I worked with Dave at NB Fire Dept.,  a great Firefighter, a man you could always depend on. -  Rest in Peace Dave.


MATTAPOISETT — David W. Barclay, 71, of Mattapoisett died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at home after a brief illness surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Callaghan) Barclay.

Born and raised in New Bedford, son of the late George and Gladys (Hall) Barclay, he lived in Fairhaven most of his life before moving to Mattapoisett. He enjoyed wintering in Naples, FL.

He was formerly employed as a firefighter with the New Bedford Fire Department for 13 years while working as a real estate agent with Hughes & Carey Century 21. He was later employed as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley for 28 years until his retirement.

Dave enjoyed golfing, sailing and skiing. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Betsy; his son, Christopher D. Barclay and his wife Laura of Mattapoisett; his daughter, Meghan C. Barclay of Fairhaven; two brothers, Kenneth Barclay and his wife Pamela of Ft. Pierce, FL and Rev. George Barclay and his wife Kathleen of Warwick, RI; his sister, Linda Visco and her husband Louis of Yarmouth; his grandson, Jackson Barclay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 PM.

Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support brain cancer research and mailed to P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or online at

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12/19/19 04:53 PM #2    

Dave Medeiros

We went back to elementary school.    As a teacher at FHS I had his children for students and athletes in our programs.  Great kids!!  He was a fine family man, taken too soon.  May he rest ...

12/19/19 10:00 PM #3    

Rita Ann Rosa

David was a gentle soul.  A very pleasant young man.  I was blessed to know him. May his soul rest in peace, until we all meet again.  God Bless.

12/20/19 09:59 AM #4    

Barbara Fernandes (Lanagan)

I was so saddened by the news of David's passing.  He was a great husband and father to my former co-worker and friend, Betsy, and their children.    I remember when they first met and married.  He seemed to have had a successful and happy life filled with many blessings.  God bless, Dave. May he rest in peace.

12/20/19 10:49 AM #5    

James Medeiros

Very sad to hear about Dave.  He was a solid friend with a great sense of humor.  We had loads of fun playing soccer and sailing.  He was loved by everybody who was lucky enough to be a part of his life.

Jim Medeiros

12/20/19 01:18 PM #6    

Elliot Mazza

David Barclay was a very fine and  honest person. He always had a smile on his face that I will never forget. He will be missed. 

12/21/19 11:20 AM #7    

David Mello

rest in peace david

12/21/19 03:29 PM #8    

Charles "Chuck" Morris

Words cannot describe the sadness that I feel. David and I were friends since 7 years of age we grew up in the South End we played basketball at Hazelwood played many rounds of golf wonderful husband,awesome father,incredible friend,rest in JESUS'S loving arms

12/30/19 07:58 PM #9    

David Harris

Like so many of my class mates I'm saddened by the passing of Dave.  Truly one of the good guys.

01/14/21 04:13 PM #10    

Amelia Leontire (White)

Gread memories of Dave in high school and later in life when we sold real estate together....He and Betsy were the cutest couple! May your memory be eternal. 

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