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HIGHGATE — Robert C. Barnes Sr., age 77, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans

He was born in Montgomery on July 9, 1938 to the late Clayton Sr. and Lona (Kennett) Barnes.

Robert graduated from Enosburg Falls High School class of 1956. Throughout his career he spent time working at Agway in Enosburg and at Rock-Tenn in Sheldon Springs. After retirement, Robert spent time outside working on his garden and riding his John Deere; he grew the best vegetables and will surely be missed by his friends in the lawn mower club. In their younger years, Robert and Myrna enjoyed vacationing in Hampton Beach, N.H. and playing cards, especially 500.

He is survived by his significant other of 38 years, Myrna Flanagan of Highgate; four children, Bev Mayotte and her significant other David Duso, Robert Jr. and Cindy Barnes, all of Enosburg Falls, Judy Barnes-Piccininni of Toledo, OH and Bill and Crystal Barnes of East Berkshire; his grandchildren, Rossie and Nate Parizo, Ethan and Mandy-Jane Mayotte, Ashley and Jason Felch, Cody Barnes, Lonnie Muller, Joshua Muller, Christopher Babcock and Holly Bialecki, Cory Babcock, Sonya and Devon Barnes; great grandchildren, Clayton, Madisen, Ella and Zoey; step-children, Donna and Paul Smith, Valerie Hilliker, Timothy Flanagan, Janice Desorcie and Connie Flanagan all of Highgate; several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren including, Shanley and Schyler; his siblings Clayton Barnes Jr. of Georgia and Audrey LaFlame of Enosburg Falls and several friends, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Robert was predeceased by a son-in-law, Timothy Mayotte and a brother, Carlton Barnes.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in the Highgate Center Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

For those who wish, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488.

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