Tony Barnes had a larger-than-life personality. He never met a stranger and laughed always. Even through the pain of a body worn down from years of hard labor and even harder play, he laughed. He always had a joke or funny story to tell. His laugh was loud and infectious. He worked hard and loved even harder.
Tony was the type of person that always gave a helping hand. Whether it was a fundraiser for someone in need, an elderly person in need of home repairs that couldn't afford it, or an animal in need of love, Tony was always there. He loved riding his Harley and was always ready to go when a fundraiser presented itself. Every bracelet purchased is still proudly displayed on the handlebars of his Harley.
He loved his family fiercely. He always gave his all to them. Even though his body ached, he still made sure to play with his grandkids. It didn't matter if it was playing ball in the yard, snowball fights, sledding down a hill, laying on the floor racing Hotwheels, or just playing the latest game on his phone, he was always ready. Being a big kid himself made that easy.
To know him was to love him. Even now, our family is constantly told by many people just how great a person he was, how he touched their lives, or how he helped them in some way. We loved him so much, we wanted to continue his love of helping his fellow man and carry on his legacy of caring. We wanted to honor him in the best way we could think of. Thus The Tony Barnes Memorial Charity was born.