RIP Richard Barclay, Entertainer and Eileen Fulton’s Manager
When I owned my gallery in downtown New Hope, PA back in the 1990s, I met a lot of interesting people from all over the world. My gallery was located next door to a bed and breakfast called The Hacienda and all of the cabaret singers who came to town on the weekends would stay there. I met so many performers, from Lainie Kazan to Kay Ballard, to Eileen Fulton, that it’s sometimes hard to remember them all. They would all perform their acts at a well-known cabaret venue in town called Odette’s. Odette’s was a venue started many years ago by the 1940s film star Odette Myrtle. It’s the same place where Jacqueline Onassis used to go and where TV news star Jessica Savitch died in the Delaware Canal. In short, it’s rich with pop culture history.
However, it’s not always the most famous people we remember. Sometimes it’s the people who are associated with the famous people we recall the most. In this case, it was a wonderful man named Richard Barclay. He was Eileen Fulton’s manager and he would always come to New Hope with her whenever she performed her cabaret act. They were both wonderful people, but I really loved Richard. I could sit and listen to him talk for hours…which I did more than once. He was a sweet wonderful man. I think he might have been gay. I just not certain. You have to remember this was the 1990s and men of certain ages were still not comfortable being openly gay. It was simply understood and implied.
Unfortunately, I lost touch with Richard about 10 years ago. But I recently came across a notice stating that he’d passed away in 2017.
It is with great sadness that we announce that singer/actor/dance/director/producer Richard Barclay passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Dick was not only a very fine director, but he was also a kind, compassionate, and generous mentor.
Here’s more. Everything in this article about Dick is true. He truly was just a wonderful human being. There are photos of him at the link, and another link to more about him. He was one of those people who would break into song at any moment without notice, and it could happen anywhere.
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