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Obituary: David Draycott Barash, 1955-2020 

Nature lover helped grow businesses such as Shelburne Farms and Ben & Jerry's

Published February 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. | Updated February 17, 2020 at 3:55 p.m.

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  • David Draycott Barash

David Draycott Barash, age 64 of Waterbury Center, Vt., passed away peacefully at his home on February 11, 2020.

David was born on December 30, 1955, in Doylestown, Pa., the son of Theodore and Elise Ludeke Barash. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Juliet Barash; two children, Molly and Cole; daughter-in-law, Alix; and grand-daughter, Iya Willow. Additional survivors include his siblings, Phoebe, Timothy and Mahlon; as well as many other close family members, friends and business colleagues.

So many people were touched by David in so many ways. He was an incredibly loving, optimistic and hardworking human being.

Throughout David’s life, he devoted his work toward helping others and growing small businesses in an environmentally conscious and socially responsible manner. Some included Shelburne Farms, Ben & Jerry's, Burton Snowboards, Autumn Harp, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Brimstone Consulting. He was an avid lover of nature and an active supporter of land conservation efforts. In his free time, he much enjoyed spending time with his family, hiking throughout the Green Mountains, and reading the New York Times either by the woodstove or in a hammock.

A celebration of life for David will be held in the barn at Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington, Vt., on February 28, 2020. Pre-gathering begins at 1 p.m. Remarks begin at 2 p.m. Please RSVP to

Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences and to read a more complete obituary, please visit or the funeral home's Facebook page.

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