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Richard John Barkanic

August 17, 1941 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 78)

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Richard J. Barkanic (78), son of the late John and Mary Barkanic of Waynesboro, PA, died on May 5th, 2020 at his home in Ellicott City, MD. 

He is survived by his wife Rebecca A. Barkanic, of 53 years, his sister and brother-in-law Barbara  and Mark Harrison, his brother-in-law Lee Hanawalt and wife Marcella, his brother-in-law Ray Hanawalt and wife Cinthia, his daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Geoff Bambini, his son and daughter-in-law John and Jessica Barkanic, his grandchildren Madison Bambini, Drew Walton, Mason Bambini, Gia Bambini, Jackson Barkanic, and Jameson Barkanic, his niece Amanda Stafford and husband Stephen, and his great nieces Elizabeth and Katherine Stafford. 

Richard was born in Philadelphia and raised in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from high school, he followed his father into a career as a union electrician. During his apprenticeship in Pennsylvania, he met his future wife Rebecca and were married in 1966.  Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he and Rebecca moved to Highland, Maryland. While continuing his work as an electrician on projects for the federal government, he earned his license as a master electrician. His success in the electrical trades evolved with his partnership in Allen and Whalen Company, an electrical contractor which specialized in government and industrial services. Richard spoke fondly of his projects at the National Institutes of Health as the most rewarding time spent as a tradesman, manager, and estimator.

Following his 40+ year career in the electrical construction industry, Richard retired to enjoy more time with his family and various hobbies including stamps and pottery. Richard loved traveling with his family and friends; he was especially fond of the West Coast and Europe. His 8 year battle with cancer never diminished his spirts and desire to enjoy every moment with his family.

A private service will be held on Tuesday, May 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesboro, PA 

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Richard J. Barkanic may be directed to support leukemia research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Richard J. Barkanic to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, PO Box 17029 Baltimore, MD 21297-1029 or click on the link below if you would like to make an online donation.

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Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
PO Box 17029, Baltimore MD 21297-1029
Tel: 1-410-955-5222

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