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Robert P. Barnes

November 12, 1944 — May 22, 2024

Unionville, PA

Robert P. Barnes

Robert Preston Barnes Jr., age 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Unionville, PA, on May 22, 2024.  

Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he was the son of the late Robert Barnes Sr. and the late Louise (Zeits) Barnes (also known as "Big Pete and Muzz"). In his early life, he enjoyed adventures with his brothers, Jeff and Greg, and being "point man" on everything when his family owned the Unionville Inn. He was a proud graduate of Waldron Mercy Academy and Bishop Shanahan High School, where he was a long-standing active alumnus of both schools.  

Robert began to truly live his best life when he met his bride Barbara Blake, his "little girl", with whom he shared almost 54 years of marriage. Bob and Barbara became the parents of one son, Chris, who was his absolute pride and joy and best friend. Chris, with his wife Katie, gave Bob three grandchildren, Blake, Emma, and Nora. A devoted "Poppy", he loved to entertain them with stories of the past and play endless games of Pick-Up Sticks. Without a doubt, Bob loved his family above all else.  

He had an uncanny ability to remember specific events, dates, and sports stats--particularly those about Wilt Chamberlain. He also had a deep passion for old things, especially antique cars, and buying and selling real estate. He loved weekends in "the Little House" in Stone Harbor and ending the day with a well-made Manhattan nightcap.  

Bob prayed hard but quietly. He was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kennett Square, PA, and a regular at 7:30am mass. 

Ever the gentleman, he carried himself with dignity, strength, and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by, his son, Robert Christopher ("Chris") Barnes and his wife, Katie; his grandchildren, Blake William, Emma Loretta, and Nora Ann; his sibling, Jeffrey Barnes and his wife, Theresa; sister-in-law, Nancy Barnes; brother-in-law, Jim Blake and his wife Barbara, nephews, Brendan, Jeffrey, and Steven, and niece, McKenzie. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Barnes and beloved sister-in-law, Carol Blake. 

You are invited to visit with Robert's family and friends on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 10:00 -11:00 am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  His funeral service will follow at 11:00 am, with a reception to follow at Mendenhall Inn Restaurant at 323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, PA 19357. Interment will be held privately.    

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 or http://www.donors1.org/give or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or https://www.heart.org/&nbsp

Arrangements are by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. To view Bob's online obituary and leave condolences, please visit www.griecofunerals.com
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