John Howard "Jack" Barter
1934 - 2020
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John "Jack" Howard Barter

Marco Island - John "Jack" Howard Barter, 86, of Marco Island, FL and West Hartford, CT passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020. Jack, also known by his grandchildren as "Popeye," was born March 1, 1934 in San Mateo, CA to John Lewis Barter and Amelia Grace (Christie) Barter. His family moved from California to West Hartford, CT and Jack remained in West Hartford to raise his own family.

Jack attended Avon Old Farms School, graduated from Kingswood School and continued his studies at Trinity College, graduating in 1956. While at Trinity he was a founding member of the Connecticut Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi and the Collegiate Sound.

Jack was always an active member of the YMCA as a counselor. He had a great love for the outdoors: camping, biking, boating and canoe trips. He started the Woodridge Sailing Club and his life-long passion for sailing led to racing Sunfish Sailboats internationally.

After graduating college, Jack started his own insurance agency, John H. Barter Associates in West Hartford and eventually added The Alarm Company to his business. During these years, he was a member of the Professional Insurance Agents and served as president of the Connecticut region.

While raising his family in West Hartford, he purchased a cottage in Otis, MA on an island on Big Pond that he and his family enjoyed over the next 50 years. During that time he acquired an Amphicar that became legendary around the lake. He was involved in many island and lake associations and once again continued his love of sailing with his children in the lake's sailing program. Jack and Betty were active members of the Blandford Country Club for over 45 years. Jack was also an avid skier and a member of the National Ski Patrol and continued to ski well into his late 70's.

After retiring, Jack and Betty moved to Marco Island, FL where he continued to boat and was Vice Commodore of the Marco Bay Yacht Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Betty Ann (Robideau) of 52 years, his 5 children, Linda Hatch (Barter), Robin Lane (Barter), Jeff Barter, John Barter, and Christie Ruel (Barter), 12 beautiful grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter. He also leaves his sister Mary Armstrong and nephew Dr. James Armstrong of California. Also survived by his mother-in-law, Bertha "Nanny" Head. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Christie Barter and his niece Nancy Armstrong.

He was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and the nicest friend to more people than can be counted. Business owner, homebuilder, sailor, skier, golfer, and card player. From sunup to sun down, he never stopped. What a wonderful life he shared with all of us! Sail on, Popeye.

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Published in Marco Eagle from May 20 to May 26, 2020.
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June 2, 2020
Never will forget Jack and Betty, who introduced us to Big Pond, where we eventually became camp neighbors. Their friendship and company made a huge difference in the lives of our family. They were such great neighbors and friends. Sure miss thinking about how to get to the mark and finish line before Jack! Thinking of Betty now and what a wonderful friend she has been in our lives.
Richard and Margie Dickey
May 24, 2020
Losing a loved one is never easy. But our God promises to give the strength and courage you'll need to endure,and to cope with the pain of your loss. He also promises to hold your hand every step of the way.
May 24, 2020
Betty and family,
I send my deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. I so enjoyed caring for you both over the years, as you returned up to CT to visit family and friends, and to spend some time in Otis. You are some of the nicest, most gracious people I have met. I enjoyed hearing about your and Jacks adventures on the lake and in Florida. He certainly lived an amazing life, full of love, family, sport, and of helping others both in his work, and amongst his friends.
May the incredible memories of his full life bring you solace and smiles always.
Sending you my warmest hug,
Jeff Brown, MD
Jeffrey Brown
May 24, 2020
When I was practicing law in West Hartford for 39 years, Jack supplied me with dozens of probate bonds for my estates. He always was pleasant. My deepest sympathy to the family on your loss.
Karen Renzulli Lynch
May 23, 2020
Betty and Family.. it is with deep sadness that we accept the news of Jack's passing.. what a lovely write up detailing his life accomplishments and to learn how many lives her touched in so many ways. The grief process is not an easy one, but you have a wonderful large family to support each other. Know you are in our thoughts and we are sending positive energies to you all.. and to Jack as he is sailing towards the golden gates. Much Love Always, Lisa, Scott, Deveyn and Riley Addision Cooley. xoxo
Lisa Cooley
May 22, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to you Betty and your family. We have fond memories of Jack. We are sharing a photo taken July 2018 at the Blandford Club. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. --Rob and Gayle
Gayle Whitley
May 21, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Betty and family. I will remember Jack with warm memories. Always a kind work and warm smile. Love to the family.
Carol Torneo
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