John Hipolite Barbé

December 16, 1922December 4, 2012

John Hipolite Barbé (Mr. Baseball) died Tuesday morning, December 4, 2012 at 9:30AM. Beloved father of Stephen John Barbé, Father-in-Law of Jessica Lynn Davis Barbé, Grandfather of Brianna Lynn Barbé and James Stephen Barbé. Uncle of Joy Wilkie. Beloved brother of Marie Louise Barbé Somerville, the late, Henry Joseph Barbé, Salvador Frank Barbé, infants Henry and Henri Barbé, Son of the late Pierre “Adrien” Barbé and Guiseppina “Josie” Gambino Barbé, Grandson of the late Henri Barbé and Marie Louise Fix (Duffard) Barbé, native of Alsace Lorraine, France, Grandson of the late Salvatore Gambino and Anna Arcuri Gambino, both natives of Bisacquino, Sicily. Husband by first marriage to Rose Elvera Roberson in 1942 and by second marriage to Mary Una Stephens Sacco in 1952. Affectionately known daily at The Girard Playground in Metairie as “Mr. Baseball”. He was 89 years of age, native of New Orleans, LA and resident of Metairie Manor for the past 14 years. Relatives, friends, coaches, former and current players of Girard Playground and residents of Metairie Manor, are cordially invited to attend the 10:00AM Memorial Service at The Leitz-Egan Funeral Home Chapel, 4747 Veterans Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy in Metairie, LA. Saturday December 8, 2012. Visitation from 8:00AM till the 10:00 AM service. Interment following at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. Guest


  • Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Terri Barth

December 16, 2012

Dear Uncle John,
I will treasure the times I had with you and Aunt Marie, I got very close to you after Katrina and feel I was blessed to have you, Aunt Marie, Joy, Wilke, Steve with their families in my life again. My mom loved you'll so much as I do. I know you and her are up there holding hands again as you did walking to school all those years ago.
On Saturday before or after church it was not a burden but a pleasure to bring you your sandwich, groceries, or take you wherever you needed to go if Aunt Marie couldn't, you touched so many people's lives as you did mine, I will miss you.
I Love You,

Kenny Ford

December 10, 2012

Aunt Marie, I am so sorry to learn today of the death of John. If I would have known earlier I would have come down for the funeral. Diana and I have been Living in Pelham, Al for the last couple of years. I know he is at peace and back with Aunt Josie. He is in our Prayers.

December 8, 2012

john was a dear and special friend and will be missed by all of us. R.I.P. John, see you one day soon. Shirley Migliore

December 7, 2012


Charles Napoleon, Apt. 309

December 7, 2012

Old sailors never die; they just fade
away. Will miss talking to you John,
about life and the Saints Who Dat.

Jonelle Couch

December 6, 2012

John Barbe'

If you said that name around Girard playground the children would say "Who is that?" But, if you mentioned Mr. Baseball they would know exactly who you are talking about.
He was well know at our playground. I remember the first time I meet him. He was standing behind the home plate coaching each batter! he loved all those boys. He loved to coach them and give them his best advice. He walked from Metairie Manor to Girard everyday during Baseball season. He always had a folded up newspaper in his hand I think it was an old baseball article.
I will never forget his 75th Birthday party we had for him at Girard. WE made it very special. We had a Limo pick him up, he threw the 1st pitch in the game, The times picayune came out and did a story on him. He felt very special.
We will never forget Mr. Baseball. Prayers are with you.

Jonelle and family

Lorraine Barbe Johnson Jean Marie Barbe (Henry's daughters)

December 6, 2012

Grief can be so hard during the holidays. May special memories of Uncle John help you to cope. With love and prayers,