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John Sharp (Mausert) Barnes of Southington, CT was the beloved and loving husband of Patricia Barnes. He went home to be with the Lord, on July 25, 2013, after a long and courageous battle. He was at home surrounded by all those who love him and have journeyed with him. He was born Jan. 19, 1937 in Cambridge, NY. He was predeceased by his mother, Gwen Barnes, and father Wentworth H. Barnes. John attended the University of Connecticut. Prior to his 25 years of employment at Burritt Mutual Savings Bank, he was a supernumerary police officer for the Farmington and Wethersfield Departments. He rose through the ranks from branch manager/administration, to vice president and culminated his career as First Vice President. Thereafter he became a realtor with Sargis/Breen in Newington. John served in the US military as a member in both the Army and Marines and received honorary discharge from both. He was a proud and life-long member of the Lions Club and served as the President of the Wethersfield Lions Club. He was also a member of the Chatham/Nauset Lions Club on Cape Cod. He was also a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Southington. Upon retirement in 1997 John and Pat moved to Brewster on Cape Cod where they enjoyed spending their days together exploring the Cape in all its glory, searching for the "fountain of youth" by biking, golfing, walking the beaches and entertaining their family and friends. They traveled extensively and made wonderful and lasting friendships. Subsequently, they moved to Mashpee on Cape Cod before returning to Connecticut in 2006. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends. John was a man of honor, in business, and home, and before God. He was most proud of his family and for them he worked hard, loved wholeheartedly, and prayed unceasingly. In spite of the unexpected loss of his eye sight four years ago he always maintained a positive and inspirational outlook on life's priorities; love, family, and friends. He is also survived by his five daughters and one son; Carrie Osak and her husband Rick, of Portland, CT, Susan Noviello and husband, Ernie of Vero Beach, Florida, Pamela and Bruce Howard of New Britain, CT, Laura King and her husband Dan, of Ft. Mills, SC., Tracey Lappen and her husband Walter, of Southington, CT., and Jeffrey Corcoran of Newington, CT. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren; Shannon, Ryan and Rachel Osak, Sophia and Ava Noviello, Mallory Howard, Shawn and Nicole Skonieczny, Tyler, Jessica and Kelly Lappen, and Ryan and Kyle Corcoran. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his sisters-in-law and their husbands Grace Chester and husband Harry of Granby, CT and Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk and her husband Joe of New Britain, CT. He found a kindred spirit in his cousin, Ryerson Mausert, and his wife Sandy. John's family extends their heart felt gratitude to the staff at VITAS Hospice, for their steadfast compassion and loving care they provided to John and his family. John was predeceased by his brother Frederick (Rick) Mausert, II who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his extreme bravery on the battlefield of Korea. Rick's inspirational story was recently chronicled in a book entitled, The Search For The Forgotten Thirty-Four written by Terence W. Barrett, PhD. As his brother was honored, John is honored and remembered for his heroism in the battlefield of the mind.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 28, at 5 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be held at the convenience of the Family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to , 2075 Silas Dean Highway, suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiafh.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 27, 2013
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