Donald Spencer Barney
Don Barney, 91, of Shelburne, VT passed away on October 7, 2021. He was born in Laconia, NH, the son of Malcom Barney and Adah Peet Barney. He married the love of his life, Caroline Dockham Barney on September 16, 1950.
Don’s first job was working at his Dad’s creamery. He then owned his own Esso gas station in Laconia. From there he went to work for his friend and school mate Milo, at LM Pike & Sons paving business. He then transferred to VT, where he worked as manager of the asphalt plant while Interstate 89 was being built. He worked there and a construction job until purchasing Lennie’s Dry Cleaning. He retired at the age of 55.
Don and Caroline moved to Florida. Don was not one to sit around and worked part time at Publix. They lived there for 10 years and then moved to TN to be closer to a daughter, son in law and grandson.
Throughout his jobs working long hard hours and also during retirement, Don found time to join the Optimist Club, Rotary Clubs and Men’s Garden Club and played tennis. He was proud to fundraise to hire big bands for concerts and to build dollhouses in his workshops. Proceeds from all went to local businesses, parks, and charities. He also built some lovely pieces of furniture and travelled as much as possible.
Throughout his teen years while dating Caroline and while he lived in VT and Fl. He had a passion for boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Champlain and Lake Dora. He would bring the family on fun adventures and as a couple they would picnic and explore the waters. Don was a loving husband to his wife Caroline for 71 years. The two of them were inseparable.
Don was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Doris McCormick and Esther Keller, his brother Winston Barney and an infant son.
He is survived by his loving wife, his daughters Patricia Fletcher and husband Walt, his daughter Cathy Hartley, as well as grandchildren Casey Perkins and husband Bryce, Walter Fletcher, Jeremiah Fletcher and wife Sarah and Samuel Hartley. Also surviving are his two great grandchildren, Jade and husband Kaine and Aurora, and great-greatgrandchild Kaira. Donald is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews and extended family including his brother’s daughter Susan.
Don will be missed by all.
There will be a private service held at a future time.
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