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BARNES, Ronald Arthur “Ron” “Barney”, a lifelong resident of St. Thomas. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Dad, Ron Barnes at his home on September 20, 2013 at age 90.  He will be greatly missed by his family.

Ron was born in St. Thomas on January 2, 1923 to Arthur and Lilian (nee Fairweather) Barnes, who had both immigrated from England.

 Gunner Barnes went into the service soon after WWII started and participated in the liberation of Holland in 1944-45 with the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, Division Artillery, and took great pride in being the driver for Brigadier Bud Drury.  He was also fortunate to return to Holland for the 50th and 60th anniversary celebrations and enjoyed meeting and visiting with so many of the wonderful Dutch people.

 When the war ended, he became a retail merchant of men’s clothing on Talbot street, owning and operating his own business for many years.  During this time he played, coached, and sponsored basketball teams in the men’s city league, winning the Ontario Provincial (OABA) Championships in 1958 and 1960, and he continued to be associated with this group for over 60 years.

 After retiring from the clothing business, he and a number of his buddies formed the U.K. Walkers and did many treks to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, seeing the sites and hitting all the pubs before returning with fond memories of all the people they were fortunate enough to meet along the way.

 Ron was predeceased by his wife Mignon (nee Moore) in 2009, and is survived by daughter Ronda and her husband Tom Wolf of London, son Steve of St. Thomas, sister Joan Blewett of Toronto, and sister-in-law Lillian Jones of Windsor.

 Ron was a very proud volunteer, member and promoter of the Elgin Military Museum.

 In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Elgin Military Museum gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

 Special thanks must go to his primary caregiver, Sheila Dunn, who was instrumental in making his last months comfortable, as well as all the CCAC personnel; Laura, Heather Janet, Jan, Carl, and Charlotte, who were important to his care in allowing him to stay at home.

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