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On Sunday morning, February 28, 2016, Ramon “Barney” Thomas Novo took his final flight and has now carved out his place in our memories forever. He was born on June 1, 1959 in Buffalo, NY to Ramon Basil and Jane Pentz Novo. Along with his sister Elizabeth, the family settled in Rockville, MD where Barney made life-long friends, who became as close as family. Barney received a BS in science from Appalachian State University in Applied Physics in 1988. In 1990 he began working at Goddard Space Flight Center with NASA on a satellite called the Cosmic Background Explorer, which today is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. His career as an Aerospace Engineer included over 100 successful launches of various types of satellites, including scientific, Department of Defense, and communications. In 1991 Barney met Karen Hernandez, who would become the love of his life. They were married on June 4, 1994, and soon after they settled in Arizona where they surrounded their lives with Woody, Sandi and Lexi, and now the Buster, Blue and Gilligan.

Barney lived life to the fullest as an avid sailplane pilot, astronomer, expert marksman, a hunter with his golden retrievers, skier, and rock climber. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast and Karen’s favorite First Mate on the lake. Whenever we think of Barney we will raise a glass, recall our priceless memories, and say, “Yes dear”.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 3:00pm at San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek, AZ. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5:00pm at the home of Karen and Barney in Gilbert, AZ.

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4 responses to “Ramon Thomas Novo”

  1. Deborah Zolp says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Love and prayers.

  2. Jan rosehart says:

    Dearest karen and novo family. Barney will be missed dearly and you and your family are in our prayers. With sympathies, Jan and keith rosehart

  3. Jennifer Camilleri says:

    Merry Christmas Barney Novo, it is Christmas 2016 I wanted to say that you were a great friend, wonderful husband to Karen Hernandez Novo and a wonderful Neighbor to the Geathens & Camilleri’s You will forever and always be loved and missed for every day that passes by, You were our great friend an funny ass neighbor, who had the mist wildest jokes and positive attitude that brought out negativity to a stand still. You knew EXACTLY how to bring us to happiness and bliss. You will forever be missed and loved my friend. I only knew you for 1 1/2 years but it meant a life time to me. I love you soogz.. Rest in for ever peace. Many many hugs from the Camilleri’s We miss you EVERY day.

    Love you B man!

  4. Bob Gross says:

    Enjoyed meeting Barney at Estrella Sailport in Maricopa. He had just brought his sailplane from Maryland, and was totally amazed at the soaring conditions at his new home. We had some good nights by the fire howling at the coyotes in the desert after a fun day of flying!
    You will be missed!!

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Ramon Thomas Novo


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On Sunday morning, February 28, 2016, Ramon “Barney” Thomas Novo took his final flight and has now carved out his place in our memories forever. He was born on June 1, 1959 in Buffalo, NY to Ramon Basil and Jane Pentz Novo. Along with his sister Elizabeth, the family settled in Rockville, MD where Barney made life-long friends, who became as close as family. Barney received a BS in science from Appalachian State University in Applied Physics in 1988. In 1990 he began working at Goddard Space Flight Center with NASA on a satellite called the Cosmic Background Explorer, which today is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. His career as an Aerospace Engineer included over 100 successful launches of various types of satellites, including scientific, Department of Defense, and communications. In 1991 Barney met Karen Hernandez, who would become the love of his life. They were married on June 4, 1994, and soon after they settled in Arizona where they surrounded their lives with Woody, Sandi and Lexi, and now the Buster, Blue and Gilligan.

Barney lived life to the fullest as an avid sailplane pilot, astronomer, expert marksman, a hunter with his golden retrievers, skier, and rock climber. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast and Karen’s favorite First Mate on the lake. Whenever we think of Barney we will raise a glass, recall our priceless memories, and say, “Yes dear”.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 3:00pm at San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek, AZ. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5:00pm at the home of Karen and Barney in Gilbert, AZ.

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4 responses to “Ramon Thomas Novo”

  1. Deborah Zolp says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Love and prayers.

  2. Jan rosehart says:

    Dearest karen and novo family. Barney will be missed dearly and you and your family are in our prayers. With sympathies, Jan and keith rosehart

  3. Jennifer Camilleri says:

    Merry Christmas Barney Novo, it is Christmas 2016 I wanted to say that you were a great friend, wonderful husband to Karen Hernandez Novo and a wonderful Neighbor to the Geathens & Camilleri’s You will forever and always be loved and missed for every day that passes by, You were our great friend an funny ass neighbor, who had the mist wildest jokes and positive attitude that brought out negativity to a stand still. You knew EXACTLY how to bring us to happiness and bliss. You will forever be missed and loved my friend. I only knew you for 1 1/2 years but it meant a life time to me. I love you soogz.. Rest in for ever peace. Many many hugs from the Camilleri’s We miss you EVERY day.

    Love you B man!

  4. Bob Gross says:

    Enjoyed meeting Barney at Estrella Sailport in Maricopa. He had just brought his sailplane from Maryland, and was totally amazed at the soaring conditions at his new home. We had some good nights by the fire howling at the coyotes in the desert after a fun day of flying!
    You will be missed!!

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