Jonathan Barkocy
1964 - 2021
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Jonathan E. Barkocy
August 5, 1964 - February 5, 2021
Jonathan died suddenly on 2/5. He is survived by his son Davis, mother, Barbara Randlett, sister, Muffy and five half-brothers. He attended Sacred Heart High School in SF and St. Mary's College in Moraga.
His Retail and Industrial Design career spanned over 30 years and included being a well-known visual merchandiser and later a leader in managing the creative side of major events in the Bay Area and around the world.
Jonathan was greatly loved by his family and friends and is deeply mourned by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held when safe. A gift to the Bridge School in his memory would be greatly appreciated.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2021.
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September 13, 2021
Oh my I just learned of Jonathan's passing and offering my deepest condolences, and especially his son Davis who I don't think I ever met, but remember Jonathan always talking about his son and how much he loved him. We met while I was working for the City of SF and he made what resulted in many bad experiences, very tolerable; I could always call him and share my feelings...already missed him which is why I googled his name and was sad to find his obituary
Nick Elsner
April 20, 2021
I just learned of Jonathan's passing today. As a colleague and friend early on in my career he was generous with his wisdom, guidance and talents. I'm so sorry to know we won't cross paths on another event again. My condolences to his entire family on the loss of a genuine individual whose outreach touched more lives than you may realize.
Anne Kallevig
February 27, 2021
I just yesterday heard about Jonathan's passing. Our paths crossed on many event projects, and I always looked forward to seeing him. Jonathan was a character and a storyteller! And also a consummate professional and perfectionist that inspired those around him to keep up. I will think of him often in future work, and miss his camaraderie. No doubt he is re-designing the environment on the other side as we speak. God bless!
Carol Sconzert
February 23, 2021
I knew Jonathan when we attended Sacred Heart High School together and then Saint Mary's College. He worked on the yearbook I believe when I was working on the school newspaper. We both had a teacher, Br. Philip Keavney who challenged us to think differently. We saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show movie together and Pink Floyd's The Wall. I think the first time I ever saw MTV was when he took me to his mother's apartment in SF. I feel so fortunate I got to meet his son when he took him to a Saint Mary's basketball game just a couple of years ago. My memories with Johnathan are all fond. He was a good person, and always interesting to be around I think we connected because neither of us looked at the world in a traditional way. Rest in Peace my friend.
Eamon Murphy
February 17, 2021
Before the pandemic shut down in March 2020 I went to visit Jonathan at his shop so he can dazzle me with all the incredible things he was making.

We spent hours talking about color and light while he was whipping up various samples for a project we were working on.

Jonathan loved what he did and it showed by the results of his work. A creative, honest human gone too soon. We will miss you. My thoughts are with all who loved him.
sevim a
February 16, 2021
Jonathan died suddenly on Friday evening after a very short illness. He is survived by son, Davis E. Barkocy (Shannon Garcia); mother, Barbara Randlett, and sister, Muffy Barkocy (John Merlino), all in the Bay Area. His five brothers: Chris, Tom, David, Jon Paul and Bruce Barkocy, stepmother Marge Barkocy and several cousins, nieces, and nephews, reside in the Alpine, New Jersey area. He was pre-deceased by his father, Eugene J. Barkocy (2018).

Jonathan was an outstanding father, an extremely loved and valued family member, and a wonderful friend to many. Jonathan would often address others as “Brother” because that was the way he saw people, all people, as his brothers and sisters.

Jonathan’s professional career was rooted in his exceptional creativity and his love for his clients and team. He was well-known as an extraordinary Industrial Designer and was a key player on many major San Francisco commercial conferences, concerts, parades and sporting events. He also worked all over the world for some of the top companies, including many of the Fortune 500. His job and his passions were to make sure his clients’ large events, graphics, and visuals were created, produced, and installed with exceptional quality and execution. With Jonathan on a project, everyone knew the job would be completed on time and at the highest level of professionalism. Since the pandemic, he designed and manufactured social distancing PPE products to keep students, teachers and parents safe. Early in his career, he was a sales and visual merchandising specialist for the original Banana Republic as well as Hermes, Macy's and many other retail outlets.
February 16, 2021
Jonathan and Davis, AZ, 2019
Jonathan learned that, in life, experiences mattered more than things! So happy that he visited London, Florence, Lisbon, Mexico City and Delhi among other places!
February 16, 2021
Davis and Jonathan, AZ, 2019
Beloved son, extraordinary man, loving father
February 14, 2021
Jonathan, AKA TIGER, JB, & good friend, helped me through a difficult time in my life offered this advice:

“take it in, let is wash over you and always remember how they changed and shaped you as a person,”

“I know it’s hard to hear lessons now, but as someone who’s had a lifetime of loss
Soak it in, remember what that person was and how they shaped you and your family
That’s what you can hold onto”

I can’t think about JB without remembering his love for his son Davis. I don’t know Davis that well, but I feel like I do.
He seemed to always bring up Davis when we spoke. He was a proud dad and had great stories about their times together, drives, shooting, & dining. He loved hanging with his son!

One of my favorite pics that JB shared is attached.

JB, your advice will last me a lifetime Thank you my friend for sharing your thoughts and memories with me!
Todd Provencio
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