Remembering Douglas Barnes


January 12, 2022

It is with great regret that we announce the passing earlier this week of Douglas Barnes, a longstanding and valued member of the Communitas community.

Douglas Barnes was involved with Communitas in one way or another for some twenty years.  He was a talented artist, and two of hisThe Eagle by Douglas Barnes paintings grace the walls of the Communitas office – Two Bears and The Eagle.

He was a hardworking man who worked in construction, installing drywall and doing carpentry and other related work.  No matter how ill he might have been – it was very difficult to get Dougie to stop and take a break.

Apart from his art, another passion in his life was his Mustang motorcar!  Doug was determined over the years that he would buy a Mustang – and sure enough he did, and it was his pride and joy.

Doug attended Open Door infrequently – often not able to make it due to his work schedule.  However, whenever he came, he would sit quietly near a corner and just enjoy the evening.  Many people would seek him out during the break to catch up and have a chat.  For someone so talented he was a very modest man. He also attended many Table Talk activities.

He will be missed – most keenly by those in Communitas with whom he shared a close friendship.

Information about a memorial service for Doug will be released soon.

RIP Doug.

One of Doug’s creations was The Eagle, which can be seen above.  A limited print edition of this artwork is available through Communitas for $50 plus shipping.  Monies raised will go to Doug’s estate.   If you are interested in obtaining a print, please send an email to