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POOR--John Barton, Jr. John Barton Poor Jr. died peacefully at home in Bronxville, NY on April 13th of chronic lung disease. He was born in Brooklyn in 1946 to Betty and John B. Poor and was brought up in Garden City NY. A graduate of Portsmouth Priory and Wesleyan University, he had a long and distinguished career in advertising and media at Blair Television and later, Petry Media. He and his wife Devon, with whom he'd grown up sailing in East Hampton since childhood, raised three children in Short Hills, NJ and later moved to New York City where they spent 13 wonderful years. He is survived by Devon, to whom he was married for 45 years, his daughter A.J. and husband Sean Murphy, his son Sam and wife Olivia and John III and wife Jenna. He was the loving grandfather of seven grandchildren: Jake, Jamie, Ben and Devon Murphy, and Amelia, Chip and Gus Poor. He is also survived by four sisters: Nancy, Penny, Pam and Lisbeth. He was a charismatic, smart and generous man who was a role model of a father and husband and tremendous family member all around. He loved kids and art and sailing and the beach. He was very sharp and would do the Saturday crossword in minutes (and in pen). He truly loved life and lived it well. Donations may be made in his memory to

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 16, 2020.
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September 24, 2020
You don't know me but I found a tiny wooden boat with John's name along the shore in Napeague State Park. I knew this was a trubute to someone that that passed and was loved. I had to right it and send it back to sailing Napeague Bay. My condolences from a stranger on the beach.
July 28, 2020
So sad to hear of Jack,s passing. I worked for Jack at both RTVR, an old TV Rep firm and then again at Blair for 13 years. Comments about Jack being the smartest guy in the room, truer words were never said, and always a fine gentleman. My sincere regrets to Deven and family.
John Rohr
April 25, 2020
John was a wonderful man & friend for many years. We drifted apart but I have the fondest of memories of happy times spent together in Short Hills. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. My deepest condolences to Devon, AJ, Sam & John.
Jerry Byrne
April 24, 2020
Jack was a good guy and so are the Poor family. Jack's Dad was a nice gentlemen who guided RKO General. Jack used to talk about his summer job in his youth reading LILCO meters. I knew Jack when we both worked at Blair Television
Philip Kirk
April 24, 2020
Jack was a great professional and person. Always the smartest person in the room. May he rest in peace. With great sympathy to his family.
Gene Cunningham
April 19, 2020
I knew john from our early days in Garden City to our careers in media....wonderful memories along the way
A committed Brooklyn Dodgers fan !
Tom Baxter
April 16, 2020
Jack was a good man. May God bless you and your family. My sincere condolences.
Steven Lanzano
April 16, 2020
An old friend. A man whose spirit , energy and intelligence embraced life. To Devon who I only met and the sisters who John liked and loved more than he let on , at least as a "kid", Nancy, Penny, Pam and Muffie , I wish you every comfort and only sweet memories.
Billy Dore
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