OBITUARY

Louis “Pa Lou” Barnes

February 3, 1929November 5, 2018
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Louis C. Barnes, 89

Waterville – Louis Carroll Barnes, 89, of Waterville passed from this life to the next on Monday, November 5, 2018. He was born on February 3, 1929, in Waterville, a son of Vera (Holt) and Archie Barnes. He graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1948, enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1950 and received a Purple Heart for combat wounds that saw him hospitalized for over a year.

Lou was a lithographer with the Waterville Morning Sentinel his entire career and served as Union President. His love of sports lead him to become a football official for over 41 years, and was recognized in 1984 for his Outstanding Service as President of the Maine Association of Football Officials; in 1998 he was recognized by the Waterville Board of Football Officials for 41 years of Unselfish Service and received the Football Official Recognition Award from the State of Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was also recognized on many occasions for his 30 years as a lacrosse official and for his 18 years as a softball umpire.

Lou enjoyed watching sports, especially “his” Washington Redskins, playing golf and being true to his character as an outgoing man with a constant smile on his face, always ready to help anyone in need, and a genuine, loving husband, father and step-father.

Lou is survived by his wife, Estelle Verzoni-Barnes, whom he married in 1993; his children: LouAnn Gorman, Charles Barnes, Joanne Barnes, Paul Barnes, Ronald Barnes; his step-children: Peter, Richard, Stephen and Angelo Verzoni; his grandchildren: Richie, Ian, Angelo and Anthony; as well as his sister Joanne Barnes Donahue. He was predeceased by his first wife Lucille Barnes in 1986.

A time of gathering and reception will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1 Park Street, Waterville with burial following at 12 noon at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 289 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Lou’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Lou’s memory to a special fund for Vets without money at: Department of Veterans Affairs Center, Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service #135, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330

Services

  • Gathering and Reception Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Burial - Following Wednesday, November 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Louis “Pa Lou” Barnes

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Bert Corrigan

November 12, 2018

We will always cherish our special time with Lou and Estelle to the northern woods of Maine to see the autumn sites it was a very special day. Bert felt a special connection to Lou and enjoyed the Korean War stories which Lou shared with him! You will be missed our friend and hero! Until we meet again! All our love! Jan and Bert

Douglas Dillon

November 11, 2018

We are so saddened at the passing of Lou. We got to know him through several visits to our New York home with Estelle and Peter. We so enjoyed regaling in his stories of Maine, sports and “his” Redskins (even though we are the ones from Washington). Our heartfelt wishes to Estelle and Peter at this time of great loss.

Douglas and Scott

Ron Doucette

November 11, 2018

I was saddened to hear of his passing. Louie was kind to everyone and a wonderful brother-in-law.

Sal Occhipinti

November 10, 2018

I will always have the fondest memories of Lou, with his kind, caring and welcoming spirit. He welcomed me in to his family from the day I met him upstate New York at Richards. A beautiful soul that will be missed and will forever remain in our hearts.

Nina Verzoni

November 10, 2018

I always enjoyed my visit to his and my aunt Estelles because Lou never said a bad word about anyone and always smiled and joke even when he was in pain.I feel special for having met the man.

wiliis smedberg

November 9, 2018

It is very sad to hear about the passing of Louie, he was one of the most colorful characters I have ever had the the pleasure of knowing. In 1976 Louie saw me and asked if I would be interested in officiating lacrosse. I said Louie you saw me play at Kents Hill, he retorted at least you played. I ended up officiating for 35 years, and football for 12. One of the greatest lines I ever heard from Louie came in a college lacrosse game at Bowdoin. The opposing coach yelled over to Louie , "How can you make that call from 50 yards away!", Louie without hesitation yelled back, "Radar coach!". He was a pleasure and an inspiration to all who knew him. RIP.

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Biography

Louis C. Barnes, 89

Waterville – Louis Carroll Barnes, 89, of Waterville passed from this life to the next on Monday, November 5, 2018. He was born on February 3, 1929, in Waterville, a son of Vera (Holt) and Archie Barnes. He graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1948, enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1950 and received a Purple Heart for combat wounds that saw him hospitalized for over a year.

Lou was a lithographer with the Waterville Morning Sentinel his entire career and served as Union President. His love of sports lead him to become a football official for over 41 years, and was recognized in 1984 for his Outstanding Service as President of the Maine Association of Football Officials; in 1998 he was recognized by the Waterville Board of Football Officials for 41 years of Unselfish Service and received the Football Official Recognition Award from the State of Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was also recognized on many occasions for his 30 years as a lacrosse official and for his 18 years as a softball umpire.

Lou enjoyed watching sports, especially “his” Washington Redskins, playing golf and being true to his character as an outgoing man with a constant smile on his face, always ready to help anyone in need, and a genuine, loving husband, father and step-father.

Lou is survived by his wife, Estelle Verzoni-Barnes, whom he married in 1993; his children: LouAnn Gorman, Charles Barnes, Joanne Barnes, Paul Barnes, Ronald Barnes; his step-children: Peter, Richard, Stephen and Angelo Verzoni; his grandchildren: Richie, Ian, Angelo and Anthony; as well as his sister Joanne Barnes Donahue. He was predeceased by his first wife Lucille Barnes in 1986.

A time of gathering and reception will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1 Park Street, Waterville with burial following at 12 noon at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 289 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Lou’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Lou’s memory to a special fund for Vets without money at: Department of Veterans Affairs Center, Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service #135, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330