Robert Barnett

Robert Barnett

Saturday, April 3rd, 1943 Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

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Obituary for Robert G Barnett

Robert G. Barnett, of Windsor Locks, CT, died on October 15, 2019. He was 76 years old. Born on April 3, 1943, in Ellwood City, PA, he was the son of John M. Barnett and Mildred V. (Hall) Barnett. He was predeceased in death by a sister, Judith A. Barnett, and his parents. Never married, Bob is survived by his sister, Andrea L. Wilson (Rick) of Franklin, PA, his nieces, Shelley A. Carson (Kevin) of West DesMoines, IA and Monica S. Cross (Joe) of DesMoines, IA, thirteen great nephews and nieces
and one great-great nephew and one great-great niece. Spending his childhood in Ellwood City, Bob attended Hartman School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. After spending one year at Geneva College, he transferred to Penn State where he received a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 1966. Upon graduation, Bob was employed as a Design Engineer by the Hamilton Standard Division of the United Aircraft and moved to Windsor Locks, CT. He spent his entire professional career employed by that corporation in their Hamilton Standard and Pratt & Whitney facilities. Products he worked on include propellers, jet engines, rocket thrusters for satellites and life support systems for submarines, manned spacecraft and spacesuits. After formal retirement in 2012, he continued working part time until fully retiring in 2014. An avid pilot, Bob was seriously injured in 1971, when he crashed his Luscombe 8E in DuBois, PA. This weather-involved accident prompted him to pursue his instrument rating which he received in 1981. He then purchased a Mooney M20F which he kept at Bradley Intl. Airport from 1982 until 2015. He regularly enjoyed flights throughout the lower 48 states. Bob's passion was whitewater kayaking. He raced slalom and downriver in the 1970's. And through the 1970's and 1980's he regularly traveled throughout the United States and Canada to run whitewater rivers including a trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1978. But his most pleasant times were Wednesday afternoons when he joined his friends at the nearby Tariffville Gorge of the Farmington River. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for calling hours on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks, CT 06096. Burial will be held privately at a later date in PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019
    1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Roger Emerick

I'd like to add to my previous condolence. I spoke with the family at the wake. I forgot to mention that after Bob 'retired' he gave me a big bunch of 'ties' because he said he'd never have to wear them again. They are still hanging in my closet. Again, my condolences. Roger Emerick
Comment | Posted at 11:08am via Condolence

Roger Emerick

I've known Bob since the 80's at Hamilton Standard. I enjoyed his friendship and professionalism. He gave me several plane rides, visited a few times, and we exchanged Christmas cards for decades. A very nice person and I was so surprised at his passing. My sincere condolences. Roger Emerick
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Jeff Clement

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, I'll miss seeing him at Tville. It will be strange to have him not showing up each week, but I'll know he's there always in spirit, and think of him being there and smile on the beautiful days that I know he enjoyed being at the river.
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