Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00
If it is true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, then Ed Barnola spoke millions during his lifetime. Mr. Barnola, a longtime resident of Mineola, passed away in October after a lengthy battle with illness. He is survived by a loving family and many wonderful memories he shared with his wife Lillian and his friends in the village.
Mr. Barnola had many interests and hobbies including fishing and camping, but his favorite had to be photography. His wife of 56 years, Lillian, said he was very proud of the book of all nature photographs he took including one of a lion at the Bronx Zoo, standing majestically on a rock. Mr. Barnola was a lot like that lion in that he was a very proud man who lived his life with honor and dignity.
“He touched people’s lives in ways I didn’t even know. He was always smiling, always happy,” said Lillian.
Mr. Barnola was very proud of his service in World War II. He enlisted in the service at the age of 17 with permission from his mother. During the war, he was in six major battles including ones in France, Belgium and Germany.
After the war, Mr. Barnola met Lillian at the Queens Roller Rink and the two married on Valentine’s Day in 1953. They moved into their home in Mineola the day after their wedding.
Mr. Barnola worked for Sperry as a quality control inspector and in his free time, took to many hobbies including photography. With his camera always seemingly in his hands, Mr. Barnola would capture the best things in life with a click of his finger and a big smile on his face. He even built his own dark room, where he would develop black and white pictures. He loved to take nature shots and photograph people in the community. He also loved amateur radio. His call letters were W2BNS (Bolts, Nuts, Screws as he used to say).
Mr. Barnola, although interested in many hobbies, was also a loving father to Edward Jr., Lynn and Nancy. He was involved in many organizations in Mineola and surrounding communities including Boy Scout Troop 45, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Albertson Post #5253 and later the Golden Age Club, Mineola Leisure Club and Mineola AARP Chapter #4202.
During this holiday season, Lillian admits she has her moments when she will miss his warm smile, but she said she can’t be too sad because she has wonderful memories of their lives spent together and the trips (especially those to Atlantic City, which Mr. Barnola loved) they took together and their involvement in the community together.
In addition to Lillian, his son Edward Jr. (Julie), daughters Lynn Knowles (George) and Nancy Ames (Tim), Mr. Barnola is also survived by his seven grandchildren — Kelly, Michael, Thomas, Jennifer, James, Marc and Erica.