David L. Barnes

March 4, 2023
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David Barnes Obituary

David Lee Barnes, 90, a resident of the Charlene Manor Extended Assisted Living Center, 130 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA and most recently of Millers Falls, MA, passed peacefully on Saturday morning, March 4, 2023 following a period of declining health. A native of Greenfield, MA, he was born on November 12, 1932 to Charles T. and Doris M. (Ingraham) Barnes, who resided in Leverett, MA. He attended local public schools and was a graduate of New Salem Academy in the Class of 1952.

He entered military service on January 6, 1953, and served honorably during the Korean Conflict with the Co. I., 196 Infantry Battalion of the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska and honorably discharged with the rank Corporal on December 24, 1954. Upon his return to civilian life, he accepted a position as a tool maker, with the former Millers Falls Tool Company in early 1955 and remained with the various successor companies to MFT, including Ingersol Rand, Distan, Kennametal and lastly Greenfield Industries for a period of 43 years retiring in 1998. David was self employed as the owner of Necchi Sewing Maching Co. in Greenfield, MA for 28years. He was renowned for his selflessness and generosity to his many clients when servicing their sewing machines. In his leisure time, David enjoyed hunting with his brother Warren and collecting rocks and statues of elephants

He met the love of his life, (his wife of nearly 63 years) the former Carol Rogers of Deerfield, MA, in a chance encounter that included a “briar patch” and David coming to Carol’s rescue! In that very moment, their lives together commenced to be followed by their engagement in 1959 and marriage on September 18, 1960 in the” Brick Church” in Old Deerfield, MA. The resided in Deerfield until they moved to Millers Falls, MA in 1967, raising their three sons: David L. Jr., and his wife Terri, Stephen A. and his wife Elaine and Kevin M. and his wife Stacey and two granddaughters – Taarna and Evelyn Barnes. Additionally, he leaves his brother Warren Barnes (Judy) of Wardsboro, VT., as well as several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews to remember him with affection. Sadly, he was predeceased by his parents, as well as his sister Veona C. Towne.

In keeping with David’s request for simplicity, there will be no formal services. Visiting hours are omitted. A Celebration of David’s Life will take place in the spring, at a date, place and time to be announced. Expressions of one’s affection are suggested in the form of a charitable contribution to the Friend’s of the Carnegie Public Library, Inc., 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376. McCartlhy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA have been entrusted with David’s care and arrangements. Guests are encouraged to visit David’s Tribute Wall which maybe found at to share remembrances or to plant a memorial tree in his memory.

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