William Edward Barnes (Hoppy), 74 of Schenectady, NY, died Friday, February 5, due to Covid-19 related illness. Born in Albany, NY, to James and Helen Barnes he was the 8th of 9 children.
Hoppy spent all of his childhood and some of his adult life in Albany before moving to Schenectady in 1968. Graduating from Albany High School in 1965 he was one several outstanding basketball players that played for the school’s championship teams. Upon graduation he attended Parsons College in Iowa. He transferred back to the former Albany Business College in 1966. Never losing his love for basketball he played in several leagues in Albany and Schenectady. After his playing days were over, he became a referee for various leagues in Schenectady and Albany. He also officiated at some high school games.
Hoppy started his long career in the grocery business first by working at the old Grandway in Albany. From there he started as a stock clerk at Grand Union. With an excellent work ethic he climbed the ladder to become store manager working at various locations. He spent 40+ years at Grand Union and left only when the franchise closed. He then started a at Hannaford Bros as a store manager until his retirement in 2013. Because of his excellent work ethics and his outstanding personality, compassion and fairness he was highly respected and loved by many of the people that worked with him and for him.
Hoppy was an avid sports enthusiast. He actively followed the NY Giants and the NY Knicks. Engaging in many very excitable conversations with his friends and family. When their daughters were in high school he and Linda were very active in the parent group of the Mont Pleasant HS marching band where they met and forged many long lasting friendships with other parents that continue on to this day. Before the onset of the COVID virus pandemic he was a member of the Mont Pleasant Bowling League.
Hoppy is survived by his wife of 50 years , Linda. His son, William of Schenectady. His daughters, Lynee of Colonie, and Stacey of Gaithersburg, MD. His grandson, Jhordan of Colonie. Great-grandchildren, Jasdyanna and Gabryel of Colonie. His sisters, Minister Beverly Timmons of Glenville, Rosa (William) Wideman, Helen (Harry) Hart, Sr., Margaret Brandon all of Albany, and Marjorie Barnes of Schenectady. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Eleanor Lewis of Niskayuna and many many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. His Godson, Leonard Mortimore of New York City. His special special friends, Lenny and Marsha Mortimore, Ed and Pat Wilday, Tom Bishop, Craig McDonald and Judy Parker. Hoppy was predeceased by his parents, James and Helen Barnes, his sister, Ella M. Johnson, his twin brothers, James and John Beverly and his aunt, Margaret Dees Sandifer.