Robert W Barnes
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 9, 1948
  • Date of passing: Aug 19, 2015
Let the memory of Robert be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Robert Barnes, 66, born on September 9, 1948 and passed away on August 19, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Peter Barnes on 9th September 2017

"Thinking of Rob today.  It would have been his 69th birthday.  Perhaps he and Lorie are celebrating in some big way in heaven.  Hard to believe he's gone, but I have so many wonderful memories to comfort me in my loss.  Rest easy, big brother."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 9th September 2017

"Wish we were celebrating in person with Rob today his 69th B-day. There would I'm sure been much humor in the Birthday wishes as that is the way he liked it. Miss Rob everyday. He was a bright light in this world."

This tribute was added by Jason Barnes on 19th August 2017

"Missing Uncle Rob today. Can't believe it was 2 years ago, missing him greatly, he was one of a kind."

This tribute was added by Peter Barnes on 19th August 2017

"Rob was a remarkable human being and a wonderful brother.  He was a creative, a futurist, a brilliant mind, a person of faith, a funny jokester, and a guy who had a big heart.  Some light went out of the world when he passed two years ago.  I miss him, and it was a blessing to have had him in my life."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 19th August 2017

"My Brother Rob was a 1 of a kind. A Gentle very Creative and Loving
Spirit. I miss him every day. Still waiting for you to contact me Rob on my Apple Desk Top !!"

This tribute was added by Patricia Geary on 31st July 2017

"Robbie, so much good karma you created in this life. You brought joy and warm appreciation to so many. Thank you. Your creativity opened the gates of creativity for so many others. You were brave in always being the first one to offer open-hearted appreciation. May you be surrounded with love and grace. May you never feel alone. May you continue to explore your arts. May we meet again in some other life or place. Like others, I did not get enough of knowing you. Namaste"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Terry on 10th September 2016

"My dear, talented cousin and friend, Rob Barnes.
I am so grateful for all of the phone conversations and emails we shared over the past years...and especially grateful for the visits with the last being in Reno ( 2,000 miles from my home in MS ).
I keep the last portrait I did of you on my mac's desk top...Not the same as face time, but good to see you everyday.
Rob you are missed so much by your family and all of the friends you made along the way. We miss your loving nature, your sense of humor and your joy in sharing life through your art...Your art will live on and you will be forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Lyn Berkley on 9th September 2016

"Happy Birthday, Bear! You would be proud...the kids have a joke book they keep in the car :)

This tribute was added by Patti Weiske on 9th September 2016

"Happy birthday Rob! Wish we could have a conversation about what you've experienced over the last year in heaven. Does this mean you get to start over at age 1 right now? We sure miss your smile and hugs."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 9th September 2016

"Happy Birthday Bro !! You are missed and appreciated. Looking for you everyday on my computer screen. You said you would contact me there if possible. Onward and Upward !"

This tribute was added by Peter Barnes on 19th August 2016

"Hard to believe it has been a year since Rob passed.  So many good memories of when he was alive.  He left a mark on everyone he knew, and we are better people for having known him.  I owe Rob so much –  learning to play the guitar, my interest in film and photography, opening my horizons to technology,  and Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp at the Cheesecake Factory."

This tribute was added by David Barnes on 19th August 2016

"Rob was an incredibly gifted and creative man. Looking back, he's been extremely influential in planting seeds that have fostered my passions for art and technology. He gave me my very first chapter book 20 years ago and I still have it, with his signed note, on my book shelf. I miss you a lot Uncle Rob - thank you for all that you gave to us!"

This tribute was added by john Santoro on 19th August 2016

"I keep Rob's phone number in my ready-to-dial special friends list hoping that I could have one more conversation with him. I've even dialed it once or twice. What a friend. What a guide. What a loss."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 19th August 2016

"It has been one year since Rob's passing. There have been many days that I reach to pick up the phone to call Rob to check on him, Apple stock or some question about my Mac and our Family and Cathy. Really miss our most entertaining conversations. He alway had a unique way of looking at the world and solving problems. He was truly a ONE OF A KIND. Miss you Bro"

This tribute was added by RT Williams on 19th August 2016

"Cathy, a year gone by and missing our boy doesn't seem to get any easier.  Thanks for getting the gallery back up.  Rob's unique and wonderful images will ease the process a bit.
Love, RT"

This tribute was added by Bill Knowles on 13th December 2015

"Sorry I am late but just found out...Robbie's name came up just the other day when talking about the anniversary of the death of Duane Almann.  Robbie was so ahead of the curve  that he had invited the Almann Brothers to play at FPC before they became recording artists. Being a dorm mate, I offered my large single room as a place for Duane to crash.  Robbie was appreciative. Months later Duane was gone.  On another note, Robbie's photographic and movie making madness were a staple at FPC and Eckerd skit nights for years. Robbie was effervescent and a joy to behold. It was an honor to have crossed paths in this life."

This tribute was added by walter enloe on 13th December 2015

"in college and then in atlanta a creative force always at the bending of the curve; a gentle, caring bear of a man"

This tribute was added by Steve Gandy on 28th September 2015

"Rob, was a friend, mentor and an inspiration to me. I will miss him very much!"

This tribute was added by arthur skinner on 20th September 2015

"a creative genius, a generous spirit, and such an accomplished life!  

rob's sincerely expressed gratitude for every single day on planet earth was inspirational - to live life to the fullest!

in that way he was a model for us all.  
his zest for life also has given his extraordinarily moving image, 'facing death valley,' all the more power.  

over the years, my fondest memory of rob during the days of FPC has been of him playing guitar and singing 'woodstock':
"….we are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon…..and we got to get ourselves back to the garden…"

for me, that memory resonates ever more meaningfully today.    

you will be greatly missed, my friend."

This tribute was added by Jane Lee on 14th September 2015

"Dearest Ro-Bear,
How I miss you every day.  I hear your voice, I see your face and you creep into my dreams.  Through tears, you make me smile and sometimes laugh. I still don’t want to believe that you’re gone.

I’m reminded of our friendship via these quotes from Shams of Tabriz to Rumi circa 1240.

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation.  If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”

“Where there is love, there is heartache.”

Rob, you touched my heart, my brain and my life so integrally that you will never be forgotten. Yes, our friendship was transformational. Who will I call to ask technical questions and then say that’s enough?  Who will tell me corny jokes until I say, that’s enough? It’s not enough now, so thanks for showing up in my dreams last week, slyly passing me corny jokes on sticky notes until I finally laughed and told you that’s enough.  

Remember how we stood in front of Jefferson Starship – inches from the stage - in a partially filled ballroom in Boca Raton at the 1986 Apple International Sales Conference and you said to me, “We’ve arrived!”

And yes, I finally downloaded Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and I’ll finish Neal’s Stephenson’s Sevenevers and think of you while reading and wiping a few tears. You were always there when I needed you. Thank you my dear friend, I’ll remember you always."

This tribute was added by Lyn Berkley on 10th September 2015

"Thank you, Rob, for always showing us the bright side of things and for celebrating the beauty and wonder in the world. The kids, Mike, and I sang Happy Birthday for you tonight. Of course it wasn't as good as when you and Cathy would sing for one of us...your singing "telegrams" were the best!

This tribute was added by RT Williams on 9th September 2015

"Of the gazillion "Rob things" that this day has brought to mind, the one that occurred to me out of the dusty pages of TBS history was when Rob asked my permission to interview with the new team planning our new cable news channel, CNN. As if he needed permission. He knew he'd have my blessings - we both knew he was ready to move on and what a move it turned out to be for him, and CNN. To celebrate how well the network plans were coming along, on his birthday, 1979, he bought me a drink. That's the way Rob did things. I hope I bought the rest.  One of us, maybe both, got drunk.
This an edit:  My apologies to Cathy and her family, Peter and Bill for any offense I may have caused by posting the Sat. Night Live mock-up.  Rob laughed as hard as I ever heard him when I sent it to him last year.  This time I didn't really look at the "congrats on...." part of the caption"

This tribute was added by Mike Berkley on 9th September 2015

"On this day what I miss most is Rob's wisdom. His humor and tech savvy are well documented here. But it was his guidance and mentorship that meant the most to me, personally. In so many ways, my artistic pursuits and career path have followed Rob's, and I don't think it's been a coincidence at all. Thank you, Rob!"

This tribute was added by Lorie Barnes on 9th September 2015

"I will miss rob 's techy instructions. From giving our three boys an apple computer early on with "Where  in the world is Carmen San Diago to exploring the Oregon trail- he was at the forefront of innovation for our family as Uncle Rob. And then I saw his real teaching skills on a web based photo-shop instructional course- and just last year he gave me a tutorial in the I-phone! I still have so much to learn but am grateful for how he moved me beyond my comfort zone ! Thanking God for his rich life! Ok, so could someone help me change my profile on facebook??? :) I miss Rob! Much love, sister in law Lorie"

This tribute was added by Patti Weiske on 9th September 2015

""Why do we put candles on top of a birthday cake? Because it's too hard to put them on the bottom!" ba-dum-tshh

We miss you Rob. Thinking of you today and remembering all the fun times we had together.

Love, Kevin and Patti"

This tribute was added by Peter Barnes on 9th September 2015

"I miss my brother today, and so many things about him.  His humor (and all those corny jokes), his sweet spirit, his creative genius - the world is diminished by his absence.  I'm grateful to God for all the years I knew him, and my life is the richer for having had him as my big brother."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 9th September 2015

"Happy B-day Bro ! Miss You !!"

This tribute was added by Mike Berkley on 9th September 2015

"Happy Birthday, Bear. We miss you.

Dusty & Hazel"

This tribute was added by Rick Brown on 9th September 2015

"Damn, I thought he'd hang around a little longer. I really thought I had a little more time to send Rob a note, to share some memories, to thank him for all the things he brought to my life, and to say goodbye -- although, Cathy, you said he didn't want people saying goodbye. That's a shame.

I was older than him, but he was always my mentor. Little things, silly things, like the first day I met him (we shared a desk at the Little White House on West Peachtree in February of 1980), we sat there for hours, sharing stories about what we'd been doing up until then, when he first taught me the phrase, " a New York Minute!" I was from New York, he was from the South. It was a meeting of different worlds.

When he got his Lisa, he sold me his Apple II+ (which I think was his first computer), then showed me how to use it. I was hooked for life. (I later sold that Apple to Patrick Emory; I wish I'd kept it.) First, he helped me create programs for the CNN satellite desk, the department I ran. After I left CNN, I started publishing a newsletter and Rob walked me through every step of buying and setting up my Macs and Laser printer. He got me going on CompuServe and AOL, showing me how I could publish electronically, which I still do today.

But it wasn't just computers. For example, he turned me on to James Burke's "Connections" series on PBS, which gave me a whole new way of looking at world history. There were any number of things he would guide me toward. He seemed to know a little bit about everything.

Rob Barnes wasn't like you and me. He really was a magical soul, somehow connected to the cosmos in ways the rest of us can't be. You could hear it in his enthusiastic explanations of the way things are, and you could see it in his art, which always caused me to wonder if I was looking at something out there in the real world that he somehow discovered and photographed, or whether it was something he delivered directly from inside his own mind. Wherever he got that stuff, it was just inexplicable Rob Barnes magic.

I was always pretty sure that, if there is a God, he would talk to Robby and tell him interesting things about the universe and how it worked, simply because he saw Rob was so curious about everything -- and then Rob would pass that stuff on to us, and when he was done, he would stare at you with wide open, questioning eyes, and that Ralphie-from-A-Christmas-Story grin, just to make sure you got it.

But I guess I know what Rob meant about not wanting to say goodbye. Saying hellos and goodbyes are what our whole lives are for, and if you live yours right, you've already said it by the time the end rolls around. But the problem with Robby was there was always more to talk about, and there never did seem to be a real end to the conversation -- a little bit was always saved over for the next time we meet.


This tribute was added by Elizabeth Scupham on 6th September 2015

"In the words of Thomas Hardy, "put forth joy, dear, in excess, without the core that cloys. If I have seen one thing," he says, "it is the passing preciousness of dreams, That aspects are within us, And who seems most kingly, is the king" That last line, I could contemplate forever.  Thanks to Rob for his friendship and the grace with which he led his life and ended his days.  Remembering him, laughing, talking, expressing, singing, waving.  Forever."

This tribute was added by RT Williams on 6th September 2015

"Rob, you may be gone now; but you’re not gone gone.  No way.  I could never forget you even if I wanted to.  There are too many daily reminders:  my iPod music file called “Rob’s Stuff” that I walk with every day; the miracle of my MacBook laptop I use (to write this) every day; the fact that you finally made Sandra and me Apple fanatics; your art hanging on my wall that earns an appreciative glance every day;  the FaceTiming (almost) every day; my voluminous iPhoto files that reflect what we most have in common, that I plunder every day; the vivid recall of Mono Lake, the High Sierra and finally meeting Cathy which occupy a sweet spot in my heart and most of all, the everyday memories (great, good and not-so) of our 45-year friendship.  

I won’t go into your track record (TBS, CNN, Apple, photographer, artist, musician, Pixel Harbor for sure) but I’d like to remind others that you especially loved the world of television broadcasting and film.  One memory that truly defines you is when you dogged me for two years to produce a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Atlanta police department.  Grudgingly, I finally bought the film gear, gave you the go-ahead and you produced a remarkable one-man effort, a gem that promptly earned our fledgling Turner Broadcasting System it’s very first Emmy.  

I don’t know what the odds are for a rapport thriving like ours.  Starting out as boss/mentor (me) to precocious “stepson” (you) evolved over the years into erstwhile student guiding, influencing and otherwise intellectually shoving around his beloved aging hero.  (Uh, maybe you wouldn’t use those exact words.)

As your birthday nears (Sept. 9) I recall how you would remind me about how much younger you were.  So once again you are master of the punch line, the last word or your favorite sign-off: “just one more joke before I go”.  I reckon that’s appropriate behavior for a genius, a renaissance man.  

Rob, you left behind a wonderful legacy for those of us who loved you.  
You will be mightily missed, every day."

This tribute was added by Bill Barnes on 6th September 2015

"I miss my Brother Rob. He was a One of a Kind Human Being. No doubt about that. Very Bright, Creative, Caring and Very Funny. I miss our frequent conversations about family, future history, computers and apple stock. He always had an opinion that was well thought out and came from a whole world picture point of view. His art will last forever. The more that I look at his paintings on my walls the more I appreciate the incredible way he saw the world.  I was very Blessed that he was my Brother. Cathy, You were the person that gave him  balance and support. You kept him grounded in the best of ways with your wise words when he let his thoughts and words fly. He loved you so very much. You were truly his Best Friend. He told me, if possible, he would send me a sign from the beyond on my computer screen that I would not be able to mistake as coming from anyone but him. I look forward to seeing that soon."

This tribute was added by Lori MacLeod Williams on 5th September 2015

"Kind, patient, always of the good guys for sure.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by CJ and Larry Walters on 4th September 2015

"Rob and I, 2 guys of similar age, enjoyed talking about our show-biz experiences earlier in our working lives.  Though I had only known him for just a few short years it was startling how similar our backgrounds and experiences were.  Even so when Rob recommended a book for me to read (Old Man's War) he became concerned when I told him I was reading it.  He was worried that I might not like it, and that was so typical of Rob.  Considerate of others, generous, and funny.  When I told him off-color jokes he always said "Larry, you are a baaad man."  But he laughed too."

This tribute was added by Lynn Roylance on 4th September 2015

"I met Rob through Cathy an started down the Apple rabbit hole. We were both on the Santa Fe Mac User Group board for a few years.  When Rob lived in Bolder I made a trip up for a long weekend. We would go down into his studio and he spent hours showing me Photoshop. I would go up to my room and try and to write down what I had seen, it would take years to assimilate what Rob had showed me.

Rob was always generous with his time always showing me new tricks and software.  Rob, Cathy, Ann and I spent many Thanksgivings together, Rob telling his jokes and stories.

Rob you are missed and you live on in you work and our memories... thank you for being you.


Lynn and Ann"

This tribute was added by Janet Amtmann on 1st September 2015

"Rob was such a creative, funny guy who entertained all at the Adam Senior Center in Eldorado, NM.  Never at a loss for words or a joke he cheered us all and got smiles out of some of the more recalcitrant seniors at the center!

Best of all Rob was our special friend.  After hearing of our woes with a dying PC he encouraged us to get into the MAC world that he knew so well. I sat beside him at his IMAC as he magically called up some of his wonderful photographs and began to manipulate the pixels changing colors, textures and sizes before my eyes.

Jürgen and I bought an IMAC and he tutored us until we got comfortable using the big machine.  I asked for help with the photos I had taken of my art work, and he came to the house and explained what I should do and how to do it.  I follow his instructions to this day and always think of him when I've resizing my photos to enter National Pastel exhibits.

We were sad to see them leave Santa Fe for Reno, but at least there he and Cathy established a new home, friends, careers, and found better health care for Rob.

It's hard to think he is gone and that we'll not get another Pixel Harbor email from him, but we'll always remember the big guy with the infectious smile who would give me a big hug every time we saw each other.  And you, Cathy, our hearts weep for your loss, but admire the way you've chosen to let those of us remember him.  He'd like it a lot!!

with lots of love
Janet and Jürgen"

This tribute was added by Fred Tasse on 31st August 2015

"Tributes from your friends at CNN and Turner:

Fred Tasse

Rob, 33 years ago you gave me a chance to be a part of the new computer and CNN revolution that you were instrumental in creating. What you started never stopped and continues to this day and beyond.  What began with the help of your vision changed the world and made it a better place for knowing you.

Helen Pasakarnis

Prayers. And hugs. So sorry for your loss

Ed Grudzien
Founder of BASYS  
Thanks for passing on the note on Rob.  It certainly touched me and took me back to the early days of CNN with him.
--- Ed

  Jamie Avery
I'm sorry to read this... Rob was a good, and talented guy. He will be missed by all who know him. RIP Rob.

  Lisa Riblet Jacobi
Wonderful soul and work mate. Always made me smile.

James Schiffman
I'm so sorry to read this. This is a wonderful tribute. My heart goes out to you.

  Nikki Rau-Baker
Such a sad loss.

  Danielle M. Amos
Oh, Cathy. I am so sorry. Rob was such a good person and so kind to me when I first started at CNN with my technological failings. You and Rob's family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  Keel Heisler
Rob was such a cool guy. He had the first and perhaps only "Lisa" computer on the east coast. He was always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who needed help understanding computer stuff. I just wish CNN had been able to go all Apple in the beginning; it would have brought him great joy. Happy Trails, Robbie!

  Bob Furnad
Your grieving must be very difficult.

  Lisa Riblet Jacobi Keel...
Rob and I were the first two CNNers to have Lisa computers. I remember the morning in 1980 that Rob brought it and set it up at my Techwood fishbowl office desk. So cutting edge!

  Kimberly Daniel
Thank you for sharing the passing. Yes, try not to make major decisions just yet. Be kind to yourself and mourn. Peace be with all of you.

  Lou Waters
Rob was a wonderfully talented and sensitive man. We'd recently been in touch and he was as positive as ever. I will always remember his impish grin.

  Scott Leon
Unsung hero/innovator of the earliest days of CNN

  Willy Papa
CNN did so many things for the first time and putting computers in our newsroom was one of the biggest. Rob was the man behind this and his contribution to CNN's success cannot be overestimated. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  Cristy Lenz
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Cathy. I didn't know your husband, but if he was anything like you it is a huge loss indeed. My thoughts are with you.

  Andrea Williams
My condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  Christopher Turner
He was a pioneer we should all remember and honor.

  Kate King
Sorry to hear it. I have good memories of Rob from the early days. Thanks for posting the tribute from his wife.

  Annette Sanacore Lenahan
I'm so sorry for your loss Cathy. My prayers are with you and Rob's family. His passing will be the greatest loss you'll ever encounter. Stay strong and hold all your memories near and dear

  Charlie Hoff
Thanks for passing this on Fred. Robbie Barnes was such a presence, Cathy's tribute is very moving.
  Judy Milestone
Truly one of the people who made CNN possible-and a prince of a guy! So sorry to hear this news.
  Rebecka Mendenhall
I remember him as always, always being such a nice person... so helpful and talented, too. I am so sorry for your loss, Cathy.

  Marty Waters
What I remember most about Rob was his sense of humor. Lou and Rob and I laughed together so often in the early CNN years. We had so much fun on camping trips and Lake Lanier parties with him. What a multi talented man!  A fabulous photographer and artist. He recently sent us some photos of his latest artwork. He was so gifted !We are feeling sad and send our love to Cathy.

  Michael Levine
This was a very moving tribute, may the peace of the Lord be with you.

  Henry Schuster
He was a fine man and a nice one. You were always glad he was on your side.

  Sue Proctor
Peace to you and your family.

  Ralph Begleiter
Very very sad to hear this news. Rob was a vital part of the pioneering decades of CNN, a patient colleague, a leader. Sincere condolences to Cathy and family from those of us who worked with Rob a million years ago when we were all young and full of hope.

  Steve Stahl
Cathy, my sincerest condolences for your loss.

  Judy Marlowe Henry Wolf
Robbie was one of the first people I met at WTCG in 1976. I will never forget his huge smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

  Bailey Barash
Rob was one of the people who knew everyone at CNN, from the very beginning. He was so patient and understanding, even with those of us who knew nothing about computers in the beginning. I hope you and your family can celebrate his life and find solace in knowing that so many of us appreciated Rob.

  Robin Kemp
Thank you, Rob. And our insufficient condolences, Cathy.
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  Liz Sears
Such a nice man! I remember his smile, always happy to see us!

  Pamela Sellers
I am so sorry. Peace be with all of you.
  Deborah Calvin
So sorry to hear this. R. I. P. Rob. You were loved and will be missed.

  John Nemec
So very sorry to hear of your loss Cathy.

Tom Farmer
Cathy, this is heartbreaking to read. I am so sorry for your loss. You're all in my thoughts.

Helen Pasakarnis

Prayers. And hugs. So sorry for your loss"

This tribute was added by Susy Drake on 31st August 2015

"What a sweet, gregarious, and talented man! He and Cathy were always provocative, inclusive, and entertaining! Blessings, susy"

This tribute was added by Bob Adams on 31st August 2015

"Rob was a good man.  I feel privileged to have known him."

This tribute was added by rosine bena on 31st August 2015

"Rob was one fabulous man. I did not know him long but he shall remain in my thoughts always. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives. His warmth and great humor made our lives brighter ...and still do."

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