Ipswich — Elmer E. Barth, 91, husband of Barbara E. (Burbridge) Barth of Riverside Drive, Ipswich, died Monday, May 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family in the Kaplan Family Hospice, Danvers, following his brief illness.
Born May 15, 1922 in Philadelphia, son of the late Paul A. and Anna (Miller) Barth, he was raised in Bridesburgh, Pa., where he was a graduate of public schools. During World War II he served his enlistment with the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic Theatre, honorably discharged as a Chief Yeoman.
He went on to attend, Bentley College of Finance graduating in 1951, then going on to attend and graduate with BBA and Honors from Northeastern University in Boston. Coming to Ipswich he made his home and married the late Ruth B. (Stone) Barth. The Barths relocated to Branford, Conn. in July of 1956 where he joined the Rockbestos Products Corporation, New Haven, Conn. as Chief Accountant. Here, he successively became Assistant Treasurer, 1957, Treasurer/Controller, 1959, Manufacturing Manager, 1972; Vice-President Manufacturing, 1974 and Vice-President of Operations, 1984, the title he held at retirement in 1986. Senior employees of the company elected him President of their Hourglass Club in 1984. After changing his career goals to manufacturing operations, he served on various committees on the Wire Association and with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He was also active in Manufacturers Association of Greater New Haven, Conn., serving as Vice-President and Director. In October 1961, along with two others, he formed Applied Data Inc. North Haven, Conn.
He served as President of the National Association of Accountants, New Haven Chapter, and was a member and director of The Financial Executive Institute, Southern CT Chapter, Trustee and Chairman of the Auditing Committee, Ipswich Savings Bank, member of Board of Governors, Children's Center, New Haven, Conn., a director and member of the Advisory Group to the Governor, CT Public Expenditures Council and the Director of the New Haven Taxpayers Association.