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Running in and out of the Barnes’ house was always so much fun! There were lots of rooms downstairs and more upstairs, all interconnected in circular patterns that made hide and seek games extra exciting. And it seems like there was always something happening in every room. As we raced up the front stairs and down the back, I can remember the calm presence of Mr. Barnes, smiling at us as he tried to carry on a conversation with his

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Posted by: Laurie Pine Wallace - McKinleyville, CA   May 16, 2013

I had the honor of teaching at HPCS with John. One year following his retirement, I invited him to speak to my 6th grade class about his D-Day experiences. His emotional first-hand telling of landing on Omaha Beach under enemy fire left my students and me in absolute awe. The soft-spoken, gray-haired man standing before us was a true American hero, and John made a lasting impression of the meaning of "duty, honor, country" on all of us that day.

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Posted by: Harley Lanning - Marcy, NY   May 16, 2013

Holland Patent was an extraordinarily wonderful place to grow up. It was, and is, a lovely village, with a unique character, shaped in no small part by John Barnes, who contributed his time, talent and energy to the academic and civic life of the community. He was also a family friend of many years, and we will miss him.


Posted by: Meg Bintz Parsons - Floyd, NY   May 14, 2013

I always enjoyed seeing your parents when they visited my Mom and Dad, Mary and Fred Anna. I especially remember speaking with your dad when my father was sick. I enjoyed reading his book and I will share it with my children.


Posted by: KC Anna - Huntington, NY   May 13, 2013

Sorry to hear about Mr Barnes passing. My sisters and I have many fond memories, having grown-up in the house across the street from the Barnes family, in Holland Patent, NY. Our families weathered many of life's storms together, for roughly 50 years. Now, Mr and Mrs Barnes and my parents, members of "The Greatest Generation," will be resting as neighbors in the village cemetery together. We offer our heart-felt condolences.


Posted by: John Ryerson - Saint John   May 12, 2013

Dear Sarah and Family - Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. May the wonderful memories you have of him give you comfort and courage in the days ahead. Peace - Joe Tripp HPCS '79


Posted by: Joe Tripp - Fall River, MA   May 12, 2013

Mr. Barnes was a wonderful, kind and generous man. My prayers are with him and his family. God Bless


Posted by: Deborah Fantera - Brooklyn, NY   May 12, 2013

Godspeed teacher. Thank you.


Posted by: Scott Carey - Stittville, NY   May 11, 2013

Mr. Barnes was a wonderful teacher. He helped make Social Studies come alive for our class. Rest in Peace Mr. Barnes, thank you for your many services to our town, and country. You have deeply touched so many lives and for that we are eternally grateful.


Posted by: Cindy DeCarr - Sacramento, CA   May 10, 2013

To the Barnes family, Please accept my sympathy for your loss. John was one of HPCS's finest teachers. Although I never had the pleasure of being in his classes, I knew him as a fine gentleman. Beverly Ricci Floyd -class of '61


Posted by: Beverly Ricci Floyd - New Hartford, NY   May 09, 2013