It is with heavy hearts that the family of John A. R. Barton “Johnny” of Chipman, NB announce his peaceful passing at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Monday, July 6, 2020. John was born in Cumberland Bay, NB on July 28, 1934 son of the late Murray and Ruby (MacVicar) Barton. He is survived by his loving wife Nora, of 43 years; daughters, Kathy Osborne and Christina (Philip) Clark; son, Daryl Barton; grandchildren, Hannah and Jackson Clark; brothers, Harold (Glenna), Frank, Leonard (Elanor) and Stanley; sister, Lorna Barton; several nieces, nephew, cousins, and many life long friends.
John was predeceased by his first wife, Freda Darrah; brothers, Lawrence, Allison and Gordon; sisters, Betty Barton, Mona Kirkman, Ethel Whitehead and Doris MacLean.
Johnny was happiest keeping busy and worked hard to do every task to the best of his ability. He will be remembered for his outstanding vegetable gardens and strawberries, which he diligently tended and generously shared with many friends and family. He was also known for his dependable mechanic skills, repairing anything from lawn mowers to trucks. At a very young age, Johnny started working at various garages in Chipman and served as a heavy equipment mechanic with the Dept. of Transportation until his retirement in 1995.
He overcame many challenges in life, but maintained a “keep on going” attitude through it all. He made it a point to spend time visiting with family and friends. He had a giving spirit, always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. He faithfully attended his church and enjoyed reading his bible every night before bed, or having “The Daily Bread” read to him in later years. He adored his family and delighted in his 2 grandchildren, his shining stars, who added so much joy to life and brought out the kid in him. Johnny will be dearly missed and always remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather to admire and look up to.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Second Chipman United Baptist Church on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Gerald Burke officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the funeral and visitation are by invitation only.
Interment in the Red Bank United Church Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John made to the Second Chipman United Baptist Church, The Red Bank United Church Cemetery or the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca