The officers of the CRFU were saddened to learn of the passing of former county player Owen Barnes.
On behalf of the CRFU, President John Sumnall wishes to express the county’s sincerest condolences to Jean, family and many friends of Owen.
The following is published with the kind permission of Phil Westren at the Cornish Pirates;
The Pirates were sorry to hear that a former club captain, Owen Barnes, has passed away at the age of 84.
Of no surprise, the game of rugby was a focus for Owen from a very young age. His father Cedric ‘Ceddie’ Barnes, who had played for Newlyn, was Chairman of Penzance & Newlyn RFC (1949-55) and his brother Ian also played for the Pirates.
After progressing from the club’s Mount’s Bay under 18s team, full-back Owen played over 500 games for the Pirates. A gifted goalkicker, he captained the side in 1965-66, and represented Cornwall on three occasions (1958-60). In later years he was Chairman of the Pirates Mini-Junior Section.
A former Postman and then Removals Business owner, Owen passed away suddenly at his ‘Chygolder Cottage’ home in Tredavoe, where he was also born.
Condolences are expressed to Owen’s wife Jean and all family members, with it confirmed that his funeral will take place THIS Friday 10th September, 2pm at Paul Church. Following the service all are welcomed to the Wake to be held in the Kings Arms opposite the church.