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BARNES--Wallace. Wallace "Wally" Barnes: The Barnes family mourns the passing of Wallace Barnes, known to many as Wally, who died peacefully on December 10, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Wally was a modern-day Renaissance man. In his 94 years, Wally created a soaring legacy as an outstanding business leader, elected official, pilot, civic leader, adventurer, and philanthropist. He was Chairman and CEO of Barnes Group, Inc. Previously to that he served in the Connecticut State Senate for 12 years and ran unsuccessfully for governor. Despite his many accomplishments, he never lost his common touch throughout his long life. Friends and family remember his keen intelligence, high ethical standards, dedication to public service, along with a wonderful sense of humor. Wally's biggest source of pride and joy was his family -- his wife Barbara, whom he adored, his son Tom Barnes and wife Melanie, his daughter Jarre Betts and husband Whit, six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He loved them, and they loved him right back. He and Barbara celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary just days before his passing. Wally was passionate about flying. He had earned a pilot's license as a teenager even before he had a driver's license. He was type rated in Citations and Lears and had an Air Transport Pilot Rating. Most recently, he flew a Beech Bonanza with a turbine engine, call letters N94WW. Wally and Barbara's Bristol, Connecticut home, Sky Bight, had a hangar for the plane within it, and Wally's landing strip was nearby. He flew throughout North America, South America, and Europe and often spirited his family away for vacations and quick excursions. In 2012 his flying excellence was recognized by Federal Aviation Administration, which gave him their prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for safely flying for 70 years. Wally was born on March 22, 1926, and grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, to Lillian (nee Houbertz) and Harry Clarke Barnes. He was named after his grandfather Wallace Barnes, the founder of the Barnes Group in 1857, and was a direct descendant of Ebenezer Barnes, who became the first permanent settler of Bristol in 1728. He was an excellent student, attended Bristol public schools, was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1944. Immediately after graduation, with World War II raging, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Air Corps until the end of that conflict. He then entered Williams College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, in 1949 and was the Commencement speaker. From there he entered Yale Law School, graduated with an L.L. B degree in 1952, and was a member of the Yale Law Journal editorial board. After law school, Wally returned to Bristol and worked as a partner in Beach, Calder & Barnes in Bristol for a decade. In 1963 he joined Associated Spring Corporation, which became Barnes Group, Inc, and in 1977 became Chairman and CEO of the company. Under his leadership, the company went global and made strategic improvements that positioned the company for the success and growth it continues to enjoy today. He retired as CEO in 1991, continuing as Chairman until 1996. Barnes Group has been a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange for 57 years. Wally's son, Tom Barnes, is the board's current Chairman, and his grandson, Eli Barnes, is a board member. Alongside his illustrious business career, Wally was committed to public service. His first foray into politics was a race for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 against incumbent Thomas Dodd. He lost that campaign but was subsequently elected to and served 12 years in the Connecticut State Senate. As Minority Leader in 1979, one incident is memorable. Believing the Democratic majority was mistreating the minority, Wally pounded his shoe on the chamber's podium to make his point, much as Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev had done at the United Nations. In a sign of support, the next day, a flood of shoes arrived on the Capitol lawn. He was also a Connecticut gubernatorial candidate in 1970, running in the first statewide primary, and attended eight national Republican conventions as a delegate in the following years. Wally was a director of more than twenty companies and groups. Notably, in 1971, he joined the board of directors of Aetna Life and Casualty. In 1979, Barbara Hackman Franklin joined that board. She and Wally served together for years and then married in 1986 after a two-year courtship. Both have said, "It was not love at first sight. We first became colleagues and friends." In the following years, they commuted between homes in Bristol and Washington, traveled the world, and maintained a network of friends across the globe. Barbara served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush. Other boards included: Rohr, Inc., San Diego, CA, where Wally served as Chairman (1994-1998), Loctite Corporation, the Rogers Corporation, the Insilco Corporation, and Tradewinds Turbine Corporation. Among his many civic and philanthropic endeavors, Wally was appointed by the Governor in 1998 and served as chair for a decade of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC), which developed worker training programs to help people get jobs in new and existing industries. A federal program, the CETC received plaudits for its work and accomplishments. He was Board of Regents Chairman of the University of Hartford, where he received an Honorary Degree, a founder of the National Conference for Community and Justice, chair of the Metro Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, and a longtime board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol, among many others. Wally received numerous awards and honorary degrees during his lifetime. In addition to his wife Barbara Hackman Franklin, Wally is survived by his son Thomas O. Barnes, Sr. and his wife Melanie, his daughter Jarre Barnes Betts and her husband Whit, all of Bristol, Connecticut. He has six grandchildren, Tom Barnes, Jr. and his wife Emily, Joshua Barnes and his wife Emily, Lindsay Wilcox and her husband Max, and Elijah Barnes and his wife Amory, Amy Betts, Drew Betts and his wife, Amanda. His great- grandchildren Lilly, Anna, Aubrey, Toby, Ashley, Ethan, Oliver, Hadley, Maggie, Parker, Ella, Morgan, Maya, and Zachary. He was predeceased by another great- grandchild Kai. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral for the family will be held, with a public memorial service later. To honor Wally's life of public service, adventure, leadership, and generosity, please consider donating in his name to the Wally Barnes Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives at the Main Street Community Foundation. Checks should be made out to the Main Street Community Foundation and sent to 120 Halcyon Drive, P.O. Box 2702, Bristol CT 06011-2702. Online condolences may be directed to: FunkFuneralHome.com

Published by New York Times on Dec. 19, 2020.
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Knowing Wally was nothing less than a privilege. Our relationship was business oriented but it always seemed
friendship driven. I vividly remember the pride I saw in his face when he first showed me around the Barnes
Group offices and plant. He knew everyone by their first name and their respect and affection for him was palpable. I chaired a gala in Hartford in the early 1990s. Wally and Barbara were our Honorary Chairs. When dancing, I recall saying to Barbara that I just loved Wally. She lit up like a Christmas tree and said "Me too". I know that Wally's accomplishments, his humility, his sense of humor, his sincerity, his sense of adventure the ever present twinkle in his eye and, most of all his love of Barbara and his entire family have produced fabulous memories. May they support and sustain the entire family- both now and in the times to come.
Jim Vineburgh
Friend
December 31, 2020
I had the honor of working at associated spring/Barnes Group. assembly line making seatbelts and in het treating. I also enjoyed joining him at CCF
Mitch McGrath
Acquaintance
December 21, 2020
Our heartfelt sympathies in this, your time of grief.
Funk Funeral Home
December 19, 2020
A great example of Wally's self - deprecating humor was his relating the story about landing his seaplane with the wheels down and flipping the plane upside down. After freeing himself and surfacing, instead of heading for land, Wally was right back in the water diving to retrieve his briefcase. Such a terrific man.
Vinny Girard
Coworker
December 17, 2020
A very sweet and kind inspireing person i had the pleasure of knowing my condolences go out to the family marvelous person
Adreanne good
Friend
December 16, 2020
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