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Harry Barnes

BARNES, HARRY HADDLETON (83) died on Friday September 6, 2013 from complications related to chronic kidney disease. He was born in Michigan on May 28, 1930. He served in the army during the Korean War. Upon returning to the US he continued his education at Georgetown University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Foreign Service. In 1969 he married Brenda Sue King and in 1973 moved to Annapolis, MD. He worked for Gould selling instrumentation and later founded Bartex, Inc. At Bartex he invented, developed and sold a liquid-level determination system officially known as Aquatrak, but his family just called it the "golly-whiz-bang." His product has become the world-wide sensor of choice for the GLOSS (Global Sea Level Observing System) tide and sea measurements. In his free time he loved working on cars and sail boats. His garage was often home to a small Fiat with backup engines and transmissions. None of his cars seemed to just run, and they all needed his attention to keep them going. He viewed the cars as though they had distinct personalities, naming them accordingly. The Fiat was known as The Roller-Skate, a Plymouth Fury was deemed 'Ol-Yeller, and there was The Nightmare VW (it caught fire). Like his cars, his sail boats all required an equal amount of service and could occasionally be found underwater. Harry boasted about selling the Voodoo for $500 while it was resting on the bottom of the Severn. Even though many weekends were spent cursing inanimate machinery needing service, there was the impression that he wouldn't have wanted otherwise. By Sunday, everything was working perfectly. He loved tinkering in both his professional and free time. He is survived by his son Chris Barnes of Annapolis, MD and cousin, Karl Lasseter of Westchester, NY. Preceding in death were his wife Brenda Barnes of Kingsport, TN, and his parents Kenneth and Dorothy Barnes. For online condolences, please visit www.LastingTributesFuneralCare.com
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Published in The Capital on Sept. 14, 2013
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