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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...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Laurie Pine Wallace - CA

“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...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Harley Lanning - Marcy, NY

“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...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Meg Bintz Parsons - Floyd, NY

“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...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: KC Anna - Huntington, NY

“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...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: John Ryerson - Saint John

“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...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Joe Tripp - Fall River, MA

“Mr. Barnes was a wonderful, kind and generous man. My prayers are with him and his family. God Bless ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Fantera - Brooklyn, NY

“Godspeed teacher. Thank you. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Scott Carey - Stittville, NY

“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...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Cindy DeCarr - Sacramento, CA

“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...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Beverly Ricci Floyd - NY

“Rest in peace Mr. Barnes. You are reunited with Anna. Rest in peace and god bless ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Bobbie Owen - Holland Patent, NY

“He was a very good teacher ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Ingersoll - verona, NY

“Jack and Anna Marie were given the great responsibility to be the godparents to me by my parents, Jean and Frank Skelly. As a child I know they...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: MaryJean Skelly-Miller - NY

“Mr. Barnes I thought of him often. I did not know he was in the service but am proud he served for our freedom. I will have to read his books. ...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: David Howland - Forestport, NY

“he was a good teacher. i enjoyed my time with himcreTK ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: colleen hughes - rome , NY

“Sending condolences to his family. Mr. Barnes was a wonderful teacher. His family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Jeanne Colangelo - Rome, NY

“Mr. Barnes a great man!! He made history come alive for me. I read both his books and cherish them. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: susan niedzielski - NY

“Thank you for your service to our country, Holland Patent and the lord. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Kevin Kincaid - CO

“He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again. "OUR COUNTRY IS IN...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Foxy - REMSEN, NY

“My prayers and condolences to Mr. Barnes family. He was a wonderful teacher to me and to my brothers and a great friend to my father. Godspeed Mr....Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Roxanne Reynolds Hicks - FL

“We are all truely going to miss you Uncle Barny! I'll always remember the vists we he had. Your obituary just scratched the surface of the legacy you...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Mike Feigenbaum and Family - WA

“My condolences to his family. Mr. Barnes was a great man, someone who I only had the pleasure of meeting once. When I was writing a research paper, I...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Andrew Gehrig - Holland Patent, NY

“With the deepest sympathies. John was the kindest, soft-spoken person who underwent the hardest trials of his times without complaint or bitterness....Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Anthony & Catherine Rotella - NY


John J. Barnes Holland Patent/Malta, NY John J. Barnes, 88, of 26 Rock Rose Way, Malta NY, former Mayor of the Village of Holland Patent and a veteran of D-Day landing at Normandy, died Saturday May 4th, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Anna Marie (Feigenbaum), who passed away in 2012. They were married in Niagara Falls, NY in 1949. He is also predeceased by his son Michael, who died in 1996. He is survived by four daughters, Mary Ellen Barnes of Westport Island Maine, Johanna Wilkinson of East Dundee, Illinois, Rebecca Mansir and her husband Michael of Ballston Spa NY, and Sarah Clapham and her husband William of Maxwelton, West Virginia. He was the proud grandparent of eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ryan and Steven Wilkinson, Erin, Emily and Carolyn Mansir, and Abigale and Mary Clapham. Mr. Barnes was born on January 31, 1925 in Utica, NY, the son of the late John H. and Luella Gagan Barnes. He was a graduate of Utica Catholic Academy and received bachelor's degree from Niagara University. He completed graduate studies at Niagara, Colgate and Syracuse Universities. For 33 years he was a teacher of Social Studies and English in the Holland Patent Central School District. He was former president of the Holland Patent Teachers Association, past commander and Life Member of the Leon R. Roberts American Legion Post 161, and a charter member and past president of the Holland Patent Lions Club. He was a member of St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, Holland Patent, where he served as lector and Eucharistic minister from the onset of Vatican II. On June 6, 1944, he was a member of A Company, 116th Inf Regt., 29th Div. which landed on Omaha Beach. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and five battle stars during two and one half years of military service. In 2007, he received the French Legion of Honor Medal In 1969, he was elected Holland Patent village trustee and elected mayor in 1975, serving three terms. The New Holland Hall was constructed during his first term. A hook-up to the Utica Water system was completed, as a result of the Yersinois disease crisis in his second term. He also served two terms as Town of Trenton councilman. Mr. Barnes was an original member of the board of directors for Hope House, the hospitality and food center in the Utica inner city, where he also served as day manager on Mondays. He was also the author of two books, Fragments of my Life with Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, and Rifleman of the Revolution, the Story of Tim Murphy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leo's & Ann's Church in Holland Patent on Wednesday, May 15th, at 9:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday May 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home 7944 Steuben St. Holland Patent. The family would like to thank the staff at the Home of Good Shepherd in Malta, for their tireless devotion and caring service. In lieu of flowers please consider the Hope House at PO Box 161, Utica, NY, 13501. For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dfwefh.com.

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