George Eric Barnard, 72, of Prosser passed away Friday, June 23, 2006, surrounded by his loving family.
Eric was born June 5, 1934 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to George Ambrose and Margaret Halstad Barnard. The family moved to Sunnyside in 1947. Eric graduated with the Sunnyside High School class of 1953. Following graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Army.
On Nov. 20, 1956, Eric and Donna Blake were married in Royal Oak, Mich. and returned to Grandview. In July of 1961, they bought their first home in Prosser and lived there for 41 years.
Eric was employed by the Research Center for 13 years, but fell in love with printing while moonlighting at Prosser Record Bulletin. In 1972, he and Donna took a leap of faith and started Perfect Printing.
Eric will always be remembered for his courage, his devotion to family, his genuine love of people and his commitment to making Prosser a better place. He was a tireless worker, both in his business and in the community and was graciously rewarded with many honors and awards. Some of his proudest accomplishments were: the acquisition and restoration of the old train depot, which was dedicated in his honor in 1992 and named "Eric Barnard Depot Square"; he was selected Prosser's Outstanding Citizen in 1991, and received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Washington State Small Business Administration in 1995.
Eric is survived by his wife, Donna; two children, Tim and wife, Debbie, of Newman Lake and Sara Nelson of Pasco; nine grandchildren, Jennifer and Andy Watson of Prosser, Ryan, Brent and Sally Nelson of Tri-Cities, Kathryn, Michelle, Anna and Blake Barnard of Newman Lake; his sister, Laura Morris and husband, Bob, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lois Davidson, one brother-in-law, Joe Davidson; one son-in-law, Ronald Nelson; and one daughter, Kari Ann Watson.
On Eric's behalf, the family sends a special thank you to doctor's Enrique Carter and Richard Marquardt, Kennewick General Hospital, Tri-City Hospice House, Pastor Paul Fredericks; and to all of you who have prayed for and loved him.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 29, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 912 Yakima Avenue, Prosser. Interment will be held at Prosser Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Prosser Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.