BARNES, ROBERT “BOB”, of Woodstock, Ontario

Donald Robert (Bob) Barnes June 17, 1929 – May 4, 2018. Loving husband of Barbara Joan (Bawden) for 67 years. Father of Karen (Jim) Bush, Kim (Lois) Barnes and Michael (Yvonne) Barnes. Grandfather of Rebecca (Dallas) and Christina (Greg) from Woodstock. Grandfather of Rachel (Reece), James (Emily), Lydia (Jon) and five great granddaughters all from Abbotsford, BC.   Bob grew up in Woodstock. He owned and operated businesses including Barnes Construction, The Home Centre, and H Salt Fish & Chips. He was also a building inspector for the City of Woodstock and was a member of the local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Home Builders Association.   Bob was an active member of College Ave Church where he served on the board and was a founding member of the men’s club. Bob and Barb also attended Oxford Baptist Church. The Barnes family had a hobby farm at Curries during which time Bob became a founding member and was vice president of the East Oxford Optimists.   In his retirement, Bob kept busy in his workshop, building everything from birdhouses to fine furniture. He designed waterwheels and sold them throughout the world. Even though Bob battled cancer, he kept his sense of humor right to the end. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow residents of Oxford Gardens.   A Celebration of Life open house will be held at College Ave Church on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  If desired, donations may be made to VON Sakura House, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611).  Personal condolences may be sent at


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