Roy was born in Wallasey, England to Joseph and Alice Barnacal. He grew up enjoying family road trips, riding motorcycles, playing cricket, supporting the Liverpool Football Club and occasionally frequenting the Cavern where he’d go to watch a local band named “The Beatles”.
Roy attended St. George’s School and completed his education at Wallasey College of Technology. He worked as a sea-going engineer with the New Zealand Shipping Company, which sparked his love for travel and began his lifelong journey to see the world.
Roy emigrated to Canada in 1967 where he spent several years working as an engineer in mining camps in the Yukon and Vancouver Island. While passing through San Francisco, Roy met his true love and partner in adventure, Barbara. They married in 1971, settling in Martinez to raise their family.
After working as a plant Engineer for Kaiser Steel, Shaklee, and Myers Drum, Roy started Barnacal Management in 1986 which he ran until he retired. He enjoyed time with friends and family, building decks, fixing up old English cars, camping, abalone diving, golfing and boating. From sailing to Catalina or Baja, Mexico, to cruising through the Delta on ‘Miss Barnacal’ to enjoying cruises throughout Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal, Roy never lost his passion for being at sea.
Retiring “for real this time” in 2005, Roy spent most of his time with Barbara either in Mazatlán watching sunsets, fishing and golfing, or traveling the world. His favorite vacations were those spent with the entire family - kids and grandkids.
Roy was loved for his uncensored words of wisdom and unyielding authenticity, his spontaneity and generosity, his loyalty to family, friends and sports teams, his Liverpudlian sense of humor and his enthusiasm for sharing a pint, a laugh and a song.
He is survived by his ever loving wife, Barbara, children, Ellen (Alex) Concepcion, Terry (Jenny) Barnacal and four wonderful grandchildren, Aidan & Casey Concepcion and Grace & Jackson Barnacal who were his pride and joy. He will be sorely missed but the love he’s shared will be with us forever.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at Connolly and Taylor located at 4000 Alhambra Way in Martinez at “High Noon” on December 2, 2017. Reception to follow.