Eric J. Barnes, 22, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 4, 2011. There will be no calling hours and a private funeral will be at the convenience of the family at the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Eric was born on July 1, 1989 in Massena to JoAnne and Leo Barnes.
He is survived by his parents; a brother, Leary Murray of Massena; maternal grandparents, Beverly and LeRoy Schwardfigure of Massena; two aunts, Georgia and John Abraham, and Arlene Silver both of Massena; an uncle, Steven Schwardfigure of Watertown; two nephews, Davin Villenave and Brayden Murray also of Massena; and two cousins, Tawnya Silver of Plattsburgh and Chelsea Silver of Massena.
Eric was predeceased by his grandmother, Mildred "Millie" Barnes.
Eric graduated from Massena Central School in 2007. He graduated from Clinton Community College Cum Laude with an Associated Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009. He was entering his last year at Plattsburgh State University where he was pursing a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Eric planned to pursue a career in law enforcement. While a student at college in Plattsburgh, he was employed at Burger King where he had just been promoted to team leader by the company.
Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com.