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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

L. Maxwell "Max" Narby, 76, of 301 S. Maple St., Emporium, PA

L. Maxwell "Max" Narby, 76, of 301 S. Maple St., Emporium, died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Tuesday (January 11, 2011) morning.

He was born July 31, 1934 in St. Marys a son of the late Herbert J. "Max" and Lucille Brown Narby. On June 14, 1958 in St. Mark Church He married Sharon Rose Narby, who Survives.

Mr. Narby was a Korean War Veteran. He graduated from Clarion University in 1960. He was a Social Studies Teacher at Cameron County High School from 1960 - 1990. He helped Revitalized the Cameron County School District Student Council in the mid 1970's.

He was twice a finalist for the Pa Teacher of the year and served as a Junior High Football coach several years. He was Presented the 1884 George Washington Honor Medal for Excellence in Education.

He was a Lifetime member of the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department with 58 years of service, a Lifetime member of St. Marks Roman Catholic Church and served as a Past Erie Diocesan President of the Blue Army.

He was a Member of the American Legion, received the Americanism Award from the American Legion, and the Distinguished Service Award from the PA Department of Military Affairs.

He Coordinated the Cameron County Earth Day Activities. He was a Cameron County Commissioner for a term from 1984-1988, Jaycee Educator of the year in 1984, served on Emporium Borough Council from January 2006 to present and Chairman of the powerful Fire and Safety Committee. He was a Freedom Foundation Recipient at Valley Forge, and the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor recipient on 5/1/1988.

He was a Past Director of Veterans Affairs in Cameron County, Founder of the Cameron County 9-11 Tribute, and Founder of Freedom week where he would bring Nationally known Hero's to Cameron County. He Battled against Drug and Alcohol abuse from the local to Federal Level.

Max Narby's favorite quote " I do not care where you have been, I only care where you going from this day forward"

In addition to his wife Sharon Rose Narby
Daughter: LuAnn, Mrs. Jeff Reed, Emporium
Son: James Narby and his wife Laura, Emporium
Two Grandchildren: Danielle, Mrs. Philip Reed and Alexis Narby
Two Great Grandchildren: Kendall & Lathan
Sister: Suzanne, Mrs. Leigh Peterson, Cedar Grove, NJ
Brother: Robert Narby and his wife Jenny, Olympia, WA
Sister: Donna, Mrs. Jeff Goldstein, West Hills, CA

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Herbert J. "Max" and Lucille Brown Narby
Step mother whom raised "Max" Mildred Lawhead Narby
Grandmother who also raised "Max" Anna Conway Narby

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 4 - 8 PM. The Emporium Fire department will meet at 6 PM and the Rosary will be recited at 7:45 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium on Saturday (January 15, 2011) at 12:30 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Dream-makers" of Make-A-Wish through Danielle Reed at 201 South Broad Street Emporium Pa 15834

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Anonymous said...

I never had the pleasure or privilege of meeting this gentleman, but I always wanted to do so. Reading a lot of his letters to the editor to some of the local/regional newspapers over the years, he struck me as a person of exceptional intellect, solid faith, & a genuine patriot. Mr. Narby, sorry I didn't get to meet you here. But the next time around, we will meet. R.I.P. Mr. Narby. My prayers & condolences go out to his family.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Mr. Maxwell Narby.

You were such a great person and a wonderful teacher. I am glad I had the privilege of being a student in your history class and just knowing you as a person. Everyone is going to miss you.

My thoughts and prayers are going out to the family

Anonymous said...

Another Quote Max used on us as students.... "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them". Max I will miss you. You were a great inspiration to me and many others. I was priveledged to have known you as my educator. I will always remember "Freedom Week" and Colonel James N. Rowe and the time we as seniors spent in your living room with you and him.

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Narby. A great teacher and person.

Anonymous said...

He was a wonderful teacher and a great American.

Carrie said...

I grew up in Emporium and will always remember Mr. Narby as the 'face of Emporium'. He was everywhere, doing everything. School, red ribbon week, directing traffic when there was a fire, etc. I don't remember many events where you did not see his face. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

How could you ever forget Mr. Narby's 40 page final?? What a great teacher and a wonderful person. You certainly will be missed Mr. Narby.

Anonymous said...

I still remember Mr Narby, at least a few times a year. I thank him for letting me see my freedom in America as a great privilege, that was provided to me by many unselfish soldiers. I will remember his dedication to all us students always: and he will live on in thousands of indvidual's memories and hearts!