Ed Barnes was the consummate volunteer. Always giving of himself for others whether he had the time or not, he made time to lend a helping hand or knew someone that could lend that hand. And Ed knew people. I once thought I was busy until I compared schedules with Ed, I was busy but Ed "never was too busy for someone in need." His smile will be forever missed.
I have never encountered a stronger mentor. Ed was a benevolent man that had a passion for giving and touched countless hearts and lives; his legacy will live forever.
Ed was everywhere. You couldn't go anywhere in Fond du Lac without running in to him. He attended everything this town had going on and usually had a hand somewhere in the planning of that event. He never missed an opportunity to put 2 organizations or 2 people, in touch with each other to help achieve a goal for this community. No matter how busy he was, he took the time to ask you about your day and always greeted me with "Well hello, Young Lady", which never failed to make me smile.
Ed Barnes was a man that I met when he first offered the Fondopoly game he created to a Childhood cancer fund raising event that I organize. In following years he repeatedly offered this game for each raffle that we had. Eventually even giving me my own after I expressed how much I would like it. And after several years running into him at various volunteer events, I was lucky enough to serve on the Salute the Troops board with him helping veterans. To see him in action, sharing his kindness and wisdom was something that I will always carry with me. The sweetness that was Ed Barnes came not only from the delicious goodies he shared at meetings but from the very depths of his heart .He was kind and generous and took every opportunity to share that kindness with the world. He will be truly missed.
I have had the privilege of working with Ed at Giddings & Lewis and also with Salute the Troops. He always amazed me with all his community involvement and I often wondered when he had time to sleep. Ed was always willing to help anyone and you could count on him to lend a hand at the drop of a hat. I am so blessed to have known such a wonderful person.
I always greeted Ed as “Mr. President” because he was not only holding that position but he was a true leader that emulated what all should strive to achieve. As a leader in many wonderful organizations, I was always in awe of his connections and willingness to share them. He was someone I looked forward to seeing and to hear another infamous ‘Ed Barnes story’. He is a man and mentor I will truly miss and promise to provide “the vitamins” for our organization.
As many have said, "ED WAS EVERYWHERE." I cannot tell you how many people I have spoken to since he passed away and the first words out of their mouths' were, "oh my I just saw him." He connected so many people and so many organizations. Ed gave so freely of his time and talents he will truly be missed. Veteran, co-worker, colleague, board member, volunteer, friend, the list goes on and on. And now who will call me "young lady"??? I will miss him... many will miss him.
Sandy & I send our condolences and prayers. Ed was a regular at Taylor Park & married a grade school classmate, Ruth Simon. Ed had a great life per the Obituary. A proud American and a giving individual . A good family man who loved family and life. God Bless Him and his Family.
As stated by many others, whenever I saw Ed in the community, he always had the time to stop and chat with me and ask me how everything was going with my day.
Ed Preston Barnes was my friend on many different levels, he would give help to anyone when called upon. Ed was at every function possible and was there for every possible benefit he could be at. You couldn't ask for a person to give more of them self than Ed did. And Ed still, always took time to help all those that he was involved with everyday. So full of knowledge and devoted to his local history. Ed was an amazing person to be involved with! I learned a lot about life by just watching Ed in action with people. Ed took volunteerism to a whole different level. Ed loved to be around people and everyone wanted to around him. A true leader, is what he was here with us, and a true leader he will be in heaven.
Steady as She Goes Commander Barnes, Steady as She Goes