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John "Jack" Howard Barter

March 1, 1934May 17, 2020

John “Jack” Howard Barter, 86, of Marco Island, FL and West Hartford, CT passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020. Jack, also known by his grandchildren as “Popeye,” was born March 1,1934 in San Mateo, CA to John Lewis Barter and Amelia Grace (Christie) Barter. His family moved from California to West Hartford, CT and Jack remained in West Hartford to raise his own family.

Jack attended Avon Old Farms School, graduated from Kingswood School and continued his studies at Trinity College, graduating in 1956. While at Trinity he was a founding member of the Connecticut Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi and the Collegiate Sound.

Jack was always an active member of the YMCA as a counselor. He had a great love for the outdoors: camping, biking, boating and canoe trips. He started the Woodridge Sailing Club and his life-long passion for sailing led to racing Sunfish Sailboats internationally.

After graduating college, Jack started his own insurance agency, John H. Barter Associates in West Hartford and eventually added The Alarm Company to his business. During these years, he was a member of the Professional Insurance Agents and served as president of the Connecticut region.

While raising his family in West Hartford, he purchased a cottage in Otis, MA on an island on Big Pond that he and his family enjoyed over the next 50 years. During that time he acquired an Amphicar that became legendary around the lake. He was involved in many island and lake associations and once again continued his love of sailing with his children in the lake’s sailing program. Jack and Betty were active members of the Blandford Country Club for over 45 years. Jack was also an avid skier and a member of the National Ski Patrol and continued to ski well into his late 70’s.

After retiring, Jack and Betty moved to Marco Island, FL where he continued to boat and was Vice Commodore of the Marco Bay Yacht Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Betty Ann (Robideau) of 52 years, his 5 children, Linda Hatch (Barter), Robin Lane (Barter), Jeff Barter, John Barter, and Christie Ruel (Barter), 12 beautiful grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter. He also leaves his sister Mary Armstrong and nephew Dr. James Armstrong of California. Also survived by his mother-in-law, Bertha "Nanny" Head. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Christie Barter and his niece Nancy Armstrong.

He was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and the nicest friend to more people than can be counted. Business owner, homebuilder, sailor, skier, golfer, and card player. From sunup to sun down, he never stopped. What a wonderful life he shared with all of us! Sail on, Popeye.

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John. Mary Moyer

May 29, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Betty and family.

Rest In Peace

John Mary moyer

Kenneth Feldtmose

May 27, 2020

Jeff, John, and Families,

Sorry to hear about your Dad. May your memories help ease the pain.

Ken Feldtmose (Talcott Transmissions-Ret.)

Derek Glynn

May 26, 2020

Barter family,
Condolences for your loss. Jack was such a great guy and loved his sense of humor. Always had such good wise cracks. Many great memories from skiing and lake time that will live on forever. Thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.


Joseph Glynn

May 26, 2020

To Betty and the Barter family,

We were fortunate to meet Jack Barter in a first aid class with his daughter Linda. After that, our lives were changed forever as Jack introduced us to Otis Ski Patrol and Big Pond. A few years later Jack found us a cottage on Big Pond and we enjoyed many summers getting together with the Barter Clan! Lots of fun and laughter and many wonderful times.

Jack was funny, witty, patient and thoughtful and a great family man. We have 45 years of memories and share your sadness and loss. Jack will be missed by many.

Love Joe, Carol and the Glynn family

Christie Ruel

May 26, 2020

Christie Ruel

May 26, 2020

Christie Ruel

May 26, 2020

Christie Ruel

May 26, 2020

From Lost Brook Road to Four Mile, Otis, Lake George, Atlantic City, the Caribbean… Dad, I would follow you anywhere! You were an amazing father and I continue to compare myself to you as a parent. Tough shoes to fill, for sure! Whenever I find myself in a parenting situation, I think, “What would Dad do?” and my answer is clear. Our long talks… whether it be on car rides, chairlifts, or an airplane, will never be forgotten. There was always a story, a laugh, or a life lesson. I had an amazing childhood and the greatest Dad to share it with. I am the person I am today because of you and Mom. Thank you both for everything you have taught me. I am always thinking of you even if we are not together! You will always be with me. I love you forever.
Love, Christie

Eileen Rausch

May 26, 2020

I was so sorry to read of Jack's passing in the Hartford Courant. I remember fondly my interactions with Jack over the years as a West Hartford condo neighbor, board member and insurance client. He always made me smile when he'd begin a phone call with "Jackie Barter here". He was a great guy. I know he will be missed.

AnnaMaria Sanfilippo

May 26, 2020

To my dear friend, Jack, whom I share the same birthday with... So glad our paths crossed... until we meet again, Captain! May you R.I.P.


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