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Robert Barnes Honored With President’s Distinguished Service Award


MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards is proud to announce that Robert Barnes has been awarded the prestigious President’s Distinguished Service Award at its 120th Annual Meeting.


This esteemed accolade recognizes Barnes’ exemplary dedication and invaluable contributions to The Conference over 18 years of service. His illustrious tenure has been marked by unwavering commitment and visionary leadership, as he served as the President of The Conference from 2010 to 2011 and returned to serve on the Board of Directors again in 2016.


For the past 29 years, he has served on the Maine Board of Funeral Service, where his expertise and guidance have been instrumental in upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethics within the industry.


Barnes’ dedication to the funeral service profession is further evidenced by his tenure as the past President of the Maine Funeral Directors Association in 1984. He was bestowed with an honorary doctoral degree from former Mt. Ida College, a testament to his outstanding contributions to his community and the broader society.


“Bob brings an exceptional level of knowledge and professionalism to everything he does,” ICFSEB Executive Director Dalene Paull said. “His service to this organization elevated The Conference’s capacity to meet the needs of our stakeholders and his legacy is indelible.”


The Conference extends its heartfelt congratulations to Robert Barnes on this well-deserved honor and expresses gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the organization and the funeral service profession


The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards is headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 1904, the membership of The Conference is composed of funeral service licensing boards and regulatory agencies throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on The Conference, visit


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