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Farewell to Brigadier General Barnes
Published: 2/25/2018


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A prominent member of the Regimental Advisory Council and former member of the Regiment has passed away.

It is with extreme regret that news was recently received of the passing of Brigadier General Gordon Barnes, CD, on February 18, 2018.

A funeral service was held at 1100 hrs, 22 February, 2018, at Carnell’s Funeral Home, followed by inurnment in the Columbarium at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Topsail Road. A wide circle of family, friends, and colleagues were in attendance. LCol Paul Furlong, CO 1 Bn, Maj Kyle Strong, DCO 1 Bn, and CWO Ed Nolan, RSM 1 Bn, attended the ceremony and assisted with the ceremony. A bugler from the Regimental Band played taps at the inurnment.

Also present at the ceremony were representatives of the Regimental Advisory Council, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and the Railway Coastal Museum. These groups were typical of a career that touched on many diverse organizations, including the Memorial University Psychology Department.

Details of his passing are further available in an obituary: http://www.carnells.com/?obituaries=gordon-barnes

BGen Barnes started his military career with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in 1964, and served in various positions including company commander and DCO, later becoming Commanding Officer of 1 Bn 1978-1980. He was then appointed Commander, Newfoundland District, and later Commander Atlantic Area. This appointment was of particular significance because he was the first Newfoundlander to serve as a Brigadier General in command of a military body outside Newfoundland.

Gordon was a respected and effective leader and soldier, a careful and logical thinker, and he attracted many friends with his warm personality and humour. He will be missed.

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