69, of Tampa, was born in Newark, NJ, and passed on November 7, 2017. He moved to Tampa in 1952 and attended Ballast Point Elementary, Monroe Junior High, and graduated Robinson High School class of '66. He graduated from USF with a degree in electrical engineering in 1971 and also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maureen Barnes and he is survived by his father, Jack Barnes; his brothers, Gordon (Marcia) Barnes, and David (Christine) Barnes; and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Joseph's Hospital and Lifepath Hospice for his care in his final days.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017.
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Alan was THE right hand man at BMWCCA FSC in the 80's/90's. Need a rally, call Alan. Need a tech inspector, call Alan. Need an autocross timer, call Alan. Heck, he even had his own autocross timing equipment in his garage... Of Course He Did! Secretly he also owned an MG TD, but he loved his BMWs. Alan 'zero'd out' his final rally and now has the greatest landscape from which to create the best rally ever. Godspeed my friend, we'll miss you... Gil and Valerie
November 14, 2017
A great friend and gentle soul. One of smartest person I have known. A Founding member of our local Bmw car club but his legacy was the rally master. His skill at laying out timed and fun car rallies was perfection. Rest In Peace my friend.
November 13, 2017
I have known Alan Barnes since 1999, when I started attending some of the events run by the local BMW CCA chapter, Florida Suncoast.
Being a member of BMW CCA for 28 years now I've bumped into quite a few characters, movers-and-shakers, road-racing roustabouts and other assorted Blau mit Wei, Bavarian boosters over the years. As is always the case, some of these people have been an integral part of what makes the Florida Suncoast Chapter go, quite a few have become good friends, while a select number have made their mark in a significant way splashing in the deep end of the history of our Chapter.
Alan Barnes, until recently, held the mark as the longest serving active member. His story goes way back to the days when we were based in Orlando as the first Florida Chapter. Alan has, at one time or another, occupied most of the seats of power in the Chapter and was instrumental in splitting and moving the charter to Tampa.
Alan's presence created an historical legacy that joins the new to the old and his contributions served to connect us to who we were and where we've been and fostered new members to continue that story to where we're going.
I talked to Alan back in the spring and tried to reach out occasionally because of his restricted mobility that forced him from active participation. I will miss his friendship and our phone calls.
My condolences to the family. Russ Garvey
November 12, 2017
Words can't mend the heartache of losing someone, but I wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in your family's love and the embrace of friends.
November 8, 2017
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time Psalms 29:11