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Donald Charles Barde

October 12, 1949 ~ March 19, 2022 (age 72)

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Donald Barde, 72, of Auburndale, FL, passed away on March 19, 2022, after a long battle with liver cancer, with his family by his side. Donald was born in Elizabeth, NJ, on October 12, 1949, to the late Dorothy (Carter) Barde and Charles Barde. He spent his childhood in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and many adult years in Albany, NY. Donald has three brothers, the late Barry Barde, Timothy Barde, and Randy Barde. Donald is survived by his son Brian Barde (Lisa Barde), daughter Michelle Sanford (Kevin Sanford), and the love of his life Barbara Jo Estes. He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Brandon Barde, Logan Barde, Audra Sanford, and Ella Sanford. In addition, Donald leaves behind several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Donald was a Vietnam-era US Navy veteran; he operated the 40MM guns and was the officer's chef on the USS Nimble MSO-459. After serving in the Navy, Donald worked as a longshoreman for the Port of Albany until retirement. Donald was an avid outdoorsman. You could find him enjoying the great outdoors through camping, fishing, and hunting. To him, the most precious time was enjoying nature and making memories with family and friends; it was his medicine and peace of mind. He was known for putting on a great fish fry. Donald was a creative craftsman and artist. He was always looking for his next project. Donald’s creations were diverse: tee shirts, pinstriping, scrimshaw, woodworking & carving, and leatherwork. In addition, he was an avid bargain hunter searching for antiques, project material, and treasures. Those that knew and loved Donald will never forget his outgoing and caring personality. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed the simple things. Donald will be greatly missed.  During his battle with cancer, he donated monthly to research hospitals for kids. He said, "I don't want kids to deal with this." In lieu of flowers, we invite you to continue Donald's contributions by donating to the fight against cancer via Donald’s Dana-Faber Cancer Institute & The Jimmy Fund Giving Page:


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Committal Service
April 13, 2022

10:00 AM
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Ave
Bushnell, Florida 33513

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