Ernie was born on July 19th, 1937 in New Haven, CT. He graduated from West Haven High School and then Boardsman Trade School.
He proudly served in the US Army as a Military Policeman 1960-1963, which included a tour in Korea.
After his discharge from the Army he worked for the State of CT Department of Transportation as a Senior Highway Engineer. He retired from that position after 38 years of service. He continued his work career at the National Amusements Movie Theatres in their maintenance department and retired from there after 15 years of service.
Ernie was a Cub Scout/Boy Scout Leader on and off for 40 years. He volunteered as a coach for Little League baseball and Youth soccer for the city of West Haven.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, reading but his most favorite thing was camping in his RV and playing cards with his sister Bev and her husband Henry.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Margaret (Meg) Travers Barnes whom he met through scouting.
He is also the devoted father of Pamela Biewald of North Haven, Kimberly (Stephen) Clark of West Haven, John Barnes of Meriden, Matthew Barnes of East Hartford, Dennis (Misty) Barnes of Orange and Brian Barnes of West Haven. He is the proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren and ecstatic great grandfather of 9 great grandchildren. Ernie also is the loving brother of Beverly (Henry) Barsczewski and Virginia (the late Albert) Flynn. He is predeceased by his parents Ernest H and Alice Barnes, Sr.
The family would like to thank Dr. Harold Tara, Dr. Martin Plevec and all of their staff for their constant care and support of Ernie and his family through all these years. Thanks also are extended to the doctors and staff at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was treated with compassion and respect on every floor.
The hours for visitation will take place on THURSDAY from 4 to 8 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven, CT.
On SATURDAY morning a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9:00 o’clock.
Burial with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to our local Boy Scouts of America at CT Yankee Council, PO Box 32, 60 Wellington Rd., Milford, CT 06460 or ctyankee.org (click on support BSA-memorial tribute fund).
To leave an online remembrance, please visit: www.westhavenfuneral.com