Herbert T. Barclay

  • Died: September 2, 2017
  • Location: Newton, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458

Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Herbert T. Barclay, of Newton, a longtime engineer at MIT Lincoln Labs, died on Sat Sept 2, 2017 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. He was 70.
Herb was raised in Rockland and graduated from Cardinal Spellman High in Brockton. He went on to Northeastern University where he earned his graduate and master's degree. He was an engineer in adaptive optics at MIT Lincoln Labs since 1984. Herb enjoyed vacationing in Maine with his family and woodworking.
Herb was the beloved husband of Anne (Miskella) Barclay and loving father of John A. of VT, Alyssa M. Barclay of Basalt, CO and Crystal L. Barclay of Newto, the dear grandfather of Dean Curran and Chloe Curran, and brother of Mary Colacchio of Falmouth, John of SC and James of TX. Son of the late Herbert H and Margaret Barclay.
His funeral will be from the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home 465 Centre St Newton Corner on Sat Sept 9 at 9:30 AM followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Fri 4-8 PM. Interment Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Herb to Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101 would be appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My favorite time was the Hawaii trips with my loving farther I pray for him every night

Posted by John barclay    May 15, 2022

hard to believe its two years already..he is missed everyday and prayed for every nite..

Posted by john barclay - MYRTLE BEACH, SC   September 02, 2019

Herb, was brilliant, but very humble..I remember him coming home from taking the college SATs and I asked him how he did..his answer was "one question bothered him" when he got his results he had scored an 800 in math and 799 in English..he really meant ONE question bothered him..I'll never forget him.

Posted by john barclay - myrtle beach, SC - Brother   September 02, 2018

Herb was a wonderful mentor and always a pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed.

Posted by Seth Trotz - Acton, MA   September 19, 2017

Herb was a wonderful friend and colleague. We worked together for many years on a variety of programs at Lincoln Laboratory, and I knew him as an extremely talented engineer who always worked hard to make the rest of us look good. He had a great sense of humor, and a laugh that was contagious. Herb had many friends at the Laboratory, and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ronald Parenti - Acton, MA - Coworker   September 07, 2017

So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Posted by A friend   September 07, 2017

I regret not calling Herb these last few months. I first met him at Northeastern as a young physics major in 1965. We became lab partners and worked together in one way or another for many years, eventually becoming office mates at Lincoln Laboratory. Words simply can not convey the loss. My deepest sympathies to Ann and all of his family.

Posted by Prescott Grey - Socorro, NM   September 06, 2017

Herb was a GREAT guy, friend and coworker ! We did some field work together, traveled for the work, and worked long hours together. He was very easy to get along with, trustworthy, fun, good sense of humor, very intelligent and willing to always share knowledge. I miss him a great deal. My deepest sympathies for his friends and family !

Posted by Michael Taylor - Lexington, MA - Coworker   September 06, 2017