Born December 27, 1941 to Barclay D. and Irene J. Townsend, Barclay was raised on a dairy farm in Chesterfield Township. Attended Crosswicks Elementary to seventh grade then transferred to Clara Barton in Bordentown. After graduation from Wm. MacFarland High School in 1960, he applied to General Motors Ternsted Division. Being accepted, he completed four years at Rider College to complete his schooling as a Tool & Die Maker. While at GM, Bart started a part-time machine shop business on his father’s farm.
In 1962, he married former classmate Lorraine Turgyan. They have two children. Barclay M. now 22, and attending Villanova University as a Physics/Computer Specialist Major, and a daughter, Michelle, now 19, also attending Villanova as a Biology Major/Pre-Med Program.
Bart left GM in 1972 and went into business for himself, forming Townsend Machine, Incorporated. Presently TM employees, approximately 50 people, running two shift, manufacturing precision component parts for both military and private industry, domestic and foreign.
TM was located in Chesterfield Township. After two additions the plant covers 16,000 square feet, houses computerized equipment that produce life supporting devices for the military, and various metal-working machinery.