Dear Don (Jr.), Kerry and Entire Barney Family:
Laraine and I are extremely saddened to hear of the death of your dear Father.
During my many years at Union Camp, I was privileged to get to know your dad fairly well and admired him very much. While at UCC and BBA, I was very fortunate to periodically seek his advice and engage with him on various tax related / financial issues. During these years, he taught me a great deal, which enabled me to draw upon many times throughout my entire 38-year career in finance. —For this, I will always be grateful.
Looking back, I distinctly remember his incredibly infectious laugh and sense of humor, which always made such a positive impression on so many! His congenial personality and patience went so well with his extraordinary ability and confidence in everything he did, and I know everyone thought the same. He would make time for anybody seeking his advice and I will always think of him as an icon on UCC Mt. Rushmore!
Most importantly, his many legacies, including such a wonderful family, multiple career successes, friendships and philanthropy are just so impressive, which hopefully can give you all comfort during this sad time.
In conclusion, you can count me in among the many who are grateful for having known Don Barney!
Please accept our deepest sympathy, and know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Phil & Laraine Walpole
We were saddened to hear of Don's passing.
Don and Diane and the entire Barney family were important parts of our early years on Algonquin Trail in Oakland with our children, Darren and Debbie. They were our across-the-street neighbors for many years and lived in the house that attracted all the kids in the neighborhood - a house full of life and love. Don and Diane became life-long friends and both are now gone. Don was always the gentleman and Diane was always the lady and wonderful role models for their large and ever-growing family.
Our heartfelt sympathies go to their children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends and colleagues. We are sorry that we cannot be there in person to share so many wonderful memories, especially with all the Barney children who grew up with ours and were so much part of their childhood. We will be honoring Don in our own way. Peace to all.
Ron and Sue Kane