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Mr. John "Jack" Alan Barney

April 14, 1947February 9, 2021

My Sweet Jaxon In the beginning there was darkness, and then in 1947, on the 14th of April in Cleveland, Ohio an angel was born to Frank and Stella Barney. John Alan Barney, aka Angel, aka Jack, aka Jaxon, aka Mr. Natural vs Meteor Man, aka Grandpa Whitesocks…

His mother Stella loved to clothe him in dresses when he was a toddler just to show off his beautiful golden locks. At St. Pius Catholic School the girls all swooned over the cutest boy in the 2nd grade. At Chanel High School… as my older daughter Annette stated, after seeing his graduation senior photo that he was hot, just never knew it. He still is to me.

Jack is survived by Nancy, his oldest sibling, (and “Uncle Dirt,”) and the youngest, Pat (and Bill) live in and near Columbus, Ohio. Brother Tom (and Jan) are in Austin, Texas. Also, many nieces and nephews with their spouses and cousins are acknowledged here.

Jack graduated from Kent State in the class of 1969, Baby Cum Laude, followed by marriage and three great children: Kim the nurse, Ali the teacher of the deaf (Hopkins the Frog), and John the musician (JohnnyB). He lived his life in Cleveland, Massillon, and Hudson, Ohio; and ended up here in Largo, Florida.

Jack’s kind, fun loving spirit came in handy in the sales of nuts and bolts. He even had a patent for the fastest nut squeezer in the world. As the principal of J.A. Barney and Associates, he built a successful business squeezing those nuts.

Jack loved music and started playing guitar on an old broken one his dad picked up from Broadway wrecking. Jack fixed it and the rest was history. Thank you for all the fun at all the Lizardfests as the big Lizard, Big Brown Christmas, and the wonderful romantic snowy Sunday morning serenades in the music room.

Social media played a big part in his later life…Thank you to My Space…the meeting of our lifetime happened here, that and an owl pellet. As he said…he met the love of his life (me!) Millie, his soulmate. He took on (from what I have been told) a very formidable woman and her brood of six children and we became the Brady Bunch. Kim and Tim and grandson Owen live in Texas, while John and Maria with grandson Charley live just down the street in Largo, and Alison over the bridge in Tampa. His adopted brood included Annette and David and granddaughter Addison, Arcadia and Mike, who live outside of Atlanta, Toni in far off Slovenia with Ryan, Sasha in North Carolina, while grandsons Chris and Miki live at home in Largo. Jessie and Danny live in Cleveland and Tommy and Greg live in Tampa.

Jack loved his mornings at the bagel stores in Hudson at Bruegger’s and here at St Pete Bagels, where he held court daily from 8-10 am. One of his greatest pleasures was to listen to Johnny play at his gigs around the area: Green Iguana, Jimmy B’s, Crown and Bull, Clear Sky’s many establishments, Sloppy Joe’s - Jack loved them all. He said that wherever John played was the place to eat. He was right. He was John’s biggest groupie.

Jack was a wonderful mate, an amazing father and grandfather, and the best friend anyone could have. His memory will live on in all the wonderful stories of his life and all of the lives he touched through his kindness, wisdom, and generosity. He lived life to the fullest and in the end slid into home base like a champ. Jack left the world a better place than he found it, and we are all much better for having had him in our lives. Looking forward to having some of his memories posted here. He was and is the love of my life.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.


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Mr. John "Jack" Alan Barney

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Deborah Lucas

February 21, 2021

Last time I saw my uncle Jack was at my wedding. I remember him as a kind & funny man. My mother (his sister) shared the unfortunate news of his passing & I wanted to extend my condolences to all who loved him. May he Rest In Peace.

Dan Roda

February 13, 2021

Jack, Bruce Rusin, and myself, shared so many good times riding around in Bruce's firebird (still a great muscle car). Hanging out at the McDonalds. Racing Kovach's car, Saturday night dances with the Hoban Dominican girls, the woodsie behind my house. The party at Bognars'. Oh to be that young again! So many stories and tales to rehash - so little time spent with good friends - it all goes by so quick.

JACK - My best to you good friend

David Bechler

February 13, 2021

Was always good spending time with Jack back at Chanel High school. Enjoyed his company and congeniality.

Sandy Skarl

February 13, 2021

Thinking of the last time I saw Uncle Jack over a year ago while visiting in Florida. It was a nice visit seeing him and Johnny and Ali. Uncle Jack always wanted to make people feel good...sharing a joke or giving a nice compliment. I know how happy he was being with Millie and his family. He was a good, kind man and I know he will be greatly missed....I send prayers and a warm hug to you all. God bless.

Gary Materna

February 13, 2021

Jack and I were classmates at Chanel High School. He was a great guy.

We kept in touch with an email group of HS alums and he loved when we could do a Zoom session with other “Firebirds”.

We had spoken over the recent weeks even after his illness started and it was a shock for me to hear of his passing.

Cheers to you, Jack.

You will be missed.

Firebirds forever!

Laura Davidson

February 12, 2021

Jack, you lizard. I will forever miss your wonderfully well-placed comments and warm (and impish) smile. Singing with you and for you and Millie made everything brighter. Peace in the great beyond, friend.

Joyce Pushpak

February 12, 2021

I will not only remember Jack for his kindred spirit and genuineness, but also as the President of Bryce's fan club. I will always think of his sweet messages on my FB story pics. He will be missed for many reasons. Love to all of his family.

Brian Barney

February 12, 2021

Uncle Jack - such a warm and loving person. He could make you laugh as hard as you could. And while he lit up every room he was in, I will also remember the kindness and generosity he held for everyone he knew.

I really miss him already. I know his loss must be greatly felt by all who knew him. I hope the time comes soon that whenever we think of Jack, we are all comforted by one of the many joyful memories we have of him.

All our love to Jack’s family,
- Brian, Kate, Pax & Giuliana

Ron Kovach

February 12, 2021

Old friend from Chanel High School. We (Jack and others) had great times. He was always a fun guy and would drink anything. I will miss him and always remember him.