John G. Barker Sr., 76

OSWEGO, NY – John G. Barker Sr., 76, of Scriba, died Sunday May 8, 2016, at his home with his family at his side.

John G. Barker Sr.
John G. Barker Sr.

Mr. Barker was born in Oswego, the son of the late Charles and Irma (Poli) Barker.

Mr. Barker served in the United States Army, during Desert Storm and the National Guard.

He retired from Alcan after more than 33 years of service, working in many positions at the company.

Later he worked at Leon Shapiro Motors in Oswego.

Mr. Barker was a member of the Mexico VFW and the Elks.

He was an avid race fan, and worked at several NASCAR tracks.

He was very proud to be the crew chief for his son’s and grandson’s race team.

He was a very active grandfather and enjoyed helping with and attending all of the grandchildren’s many activities and sporting events.

He is survived by his loving children, John (Sharon) Barker Jr. of Granby, James Barker of New Haven, Julia (William) Johnson of Oswego Town and Jennifer (Michael) Ariola of New Haven; and his sister, Adelaide “Addie” Kells of Scriba.

He is the proud grandfather of Alecia (Greg) Metz, Gynnelle (Andrew) Ekberg, Zachary Johnson, Jillian (Ryan) Pitcher, Michael (Lynnette West) Ariola, Shawn Ariola, Corey John (Taylor Whipple) Barker; and great-grandchildren Hudson, Everleigh, Maverick, Alex, Christian, Liannah and Vincent.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Burial will the Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

Calling will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Heart Association, or the Diabetes Foundation.

19 Comments

  1. Though we had not seen each other in a few years John and I go back a long way from Alcan to our parallel career in the military, he in the Guard and me in the Reserves. I salute you my friend and will see you in that formation on the other side.

  2. Johns legacy of auto racing will always live on…Very sorry to the family for your loss…He was a real nice man..

  3. John always treated us like family. He was a sweet man. Strength, prayers and deepest condolences to his whole wonderful family. He will be remembered with kind thoughts and a smile.

  4. RIP John. My sympathies to the family. John was a great guy, I know he will be missed!

  5. Sorry to hear if your loss, John and Jim, been a lot of years we sure had a lot of memories,Mark Ross

  6. My years at Alcan with John will always be remembered. If there was laughter John was not far away.

  7. RIP John. It was privilege to serve in the NY Army National Guard with you. You were a great friend, mentor and always had good words of encouragement just like a Dad to me. and not to mention always had a hug in there too. I will always cherish them memories in the mess hall doing kp the food was always great with you in charge. and Even the times you were in the First Sargent slot …Guard is Family. Rest easy now soldier.

  8. John was a long time good friend. Memories are bountiful. John and Big Don are now keeping things lively up there til the rest of us arrive. Sincere sympathy to Adelaide and all the family. Take comfort from your happy memories.
    Roger & Marion Looker

  9. RIP John. It was great knowing you. To Johnny my friend, so sorry to hear about your Dad. To Cory, you had a great role model for a grandfather. Sorry can’t be there in person to share my condolences. Bless all of you………..

  10. JOHN SO SAD TO HEAR OF YOUR PASSING SERVED 6 YEAR IN THE GAURD WITH YOU THOUGH THE PERSIAN GULF NEVER WENT HUNGRY THE HEAVAN’S ARE GETTING OMNE OF THE BEST MESS SARGENT R I P MY FRIEND SEE IN THE MESS HALL UP ABOVE …..

  11. Sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    I’ve known John for over 45 years and always called him a great friend.
    Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.
    Dick Axtell
    Pawleys island SC

  12. R.I.P SENDING PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.NOW YOU AND my uncle Bob Casey can raise some heck .you’ll be missed.

  13. John was a great guy to be around…smiling and laughing a lot. Sure will miss him. My condolences to the family.

  14. John was a great person and a great person to work for..we had a lot of great times at work and outside of work….you were always willing to help someone. I know he will be missed dearly…..Ron fox

  15. Sorry to hear of Johns passing.. he took me under his wing when I joined the guard in the mess hall he will be greatly missed may u rest in peace and the family is in my prayers

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