October 10, 1938 – July 15, 2018
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. Survived by Rosaleen, his loving and devoted wife, daughters Adrienne (Tim) Jones, Erin (Gus) Galindo and Jennifer (Mark) Skorlich. Adored grandfather to Kevin and Brendan Galindo, and Bridget Skorlich. Survived also by loving siblings Arlene (Kon) Balin, Julian (Kaye) Barnett, Patrice "Tici" (Hal) Shafer. Preceded in death by parents Julian "Barney" and Frances Barnett, and sister Gayle Macaluso. Known as "Uncle Mal" to many loving nieces and nephews.
Mal was born in San Francisco and raised in the Parkside District where he attended St. Cecilia's. He graduated from St. Ignatius in 1956 and attended Santa Clara University where he earned a BA in English, graduating in 1960.
Mal met his future wife Rose while in high school, eventually marrying her in 1960. She was always the love of his life and best friend, and he will forever be her best friend.
It was at St. Cecilia's, SI, and Santa Clara where he made his lifelong friendships which carried him through his entire life. He always enjoyed attending events hosted by his classmates. A major source of pride for Mal was being a member of the esteemed SCU Class of 1960, also known as the "greatest class" to ever graduate from the school. Mal was class Secretary during his senior year.
Malcolm was a natural athlete who enjoyed playing basketball, tennis and golf with his friends. While a junior at SI, he was proud to have been honored "All City" for his basketball skills. Another highlight was when Mal's SI senior year championship team was invited to play the Stanford University freshman basketball team – and SI won.
Mal was the longtime owner of his family's printing business, Barnett Printing Company in San Francisco. He took over for his father in 1960 after his dad's untimely death at age 49, and Mal ran the business successfully until 2010. That year he was thrilled to celebrate the company's 100-year anniversary. Mal had many long time loyal customers and was admired for his self-taught letterpress skills and other printing techniques. His old-school customer service and use of vintage typewriters were legendary.
In 2004, Mal was proud to be honored with the "Banner of Love Award" for 45 years of dedication and generosity to the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Recreation Center for the Handicapped).
In his retirement, Mal enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and especially loved visits from his three grandchildren. He loved watching sports and old movies on TV, and had a great sense of humor. He was proud of his Irish and Jewish heritage, and was a deeply loyal, kind, and humble man. He will be missed every day.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27 at Our Lady of Angels, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
Bronco Bench Foundation, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053. https://www.scu.edu/giving/
Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, https://www.prrcsf.org/donate
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 21 to July 23, 2018