Robert F. Barnes Jr., a Town of Tonawanda native who become a lawyer, died Sept. 7, 2001, in Cincinnati after a brief illness. He was 51.
Born in Buffalo and raised in Tonawanda, Barnes was a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Brockport State College and Chase Law School in Kentucky.
Barnes worked in the Hamilton County Office of Human Services in Cincinnati, specializing in child custody cases, and later opened his own general-practice law office in Cincinnati.
He was president of the St. William Athletic Association, a Little League baseball coach and vice president of St. William's St. Vincent de Paul Society. He and his wife served as coordinators of the Cincinnati/Dayton Chapel of Retrouvaille Catholic Ministry for Troubled Marriages.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Martha "Marti" Marsales; four sons, Robert, William, Matthew and Andrew, all of Cincinnati; two brothers, Kevin of Woodstock, Ga., and John of the Town of Tonawanda; and two sisters, Mary of the Town of Tonawanda and Kathleen Spillane of Mohegan Lake.
A memorial service will be held at noon Oct. 13 in St. Edmund's Catholic Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Burial was in Cincinnati.