John Barnes

Obituary of John Albert Barnes

John Albert Barnes (Nov. 1, 1952-Jan. 15, 2024)

John Albert Barnes, in his seventy-second year, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 15th, 2024. Cremation has occurred, and a Celebration of Life will be held in London in the Spring. John was born in Niagara Falls Ontario on November 1, 1952, All Saints Day. He moved to London in 1971 to attend the University of Western Ontario and enjoyed his life here until he passed.

John is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Sue Barnes, children Devon Edward Barnes, John Anthony Barnes, and Amanda Jean Barnes, and their partners Tara Jewell, Claire St. François, and Wesley Johnson. Grandchildren include Rémi Barnes, Castien Johnson-Barnes, and Rory Johnson-Barnes.

John’s surviving siblings are Louise Petheram, Dorothy Purcell, and Nancy Elzinga, and brothers-in-law are Harold Elzinga, Ted Purcell, and Roger Farrugia. His sisters-in-law include Mary Farrugia, Shirley Michaels, and Marcy Farrugia. He also delighted in the lives of numerous amazing nephews and nieces on both sides of his family. John’s parents, David and Jean Barnes, and in-laws, Doris and Tony Farrugia, all passed before him.

An accomplished Chartered Accountant and taxation specialist, John enjoyed a lengthy and very successful career with Labatt, both in London and internationally.

John cherished his many friendships and enjoyed gardening, Knights games, golf at the Highland and other fairways, walking in Springbank Park, and listening to meaningful music.

He battled a courageous fight with Parkinson’s Disease for many years, and, if desired, any contribution to the Parkinson’s Society Southwestern Ontario would be appreciated by his family.

John’s last days taught final lessons in grace and acceptance. He was grateful for his many blessings and sad to leave his family, caregivers, and friends. John was our treasure, and he will be cherished in our hearts forever. 


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