James A. Barton, age 73, Hurley Rd. passed away on February 15, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, surrounded by his loving family. Friends and family may be received on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 2:00 PM until the time of the memorial service at 6:00 PM at Phillips Memorial Home, Massena.
Jim was born on March 1, 1945 in Massena the son of the late Floyd and Beulah (Besaw) Barton Sr. He attended Brasher Falls School and enlisted in the U.S. Army serving his country proudly from 1962-1965. He returned to begin his career at ALCOA, where he retired after 37 years as a Lab Tester. He also worked at BOCES Seaway Tech as a Teacher Assistant. He married Nikola "Margaret" VanZelf on July 2, 1966, she predeceased him on November 27, 2005. James later married Deborah MacDonald on April 7, 2007 in Watertown, NY.
James is survived by his loving wife Deb; and children, Kimberly Barton Toomey of Brasher Falls, Nicholas J. and wife Genia Barton of Boaz, WV; and children from his second marriage, Samantha Emmons, Norfolk, NY and Heath and wife Erin Emmons of Robbinsville, NC; along with grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. James is also survived by his siblings, Art Barton of Massena, Ted Barton of Brasher Falls, Maria McCarthy of Leesburg, FL; sisters-in-law Silvia Barton of Norfolk, NY, Cindy and Randy Sealing of Watertown and Amy and Larry Parks of Stedman, NC. James was predeceased by his sister, Sally Derouchie; brothers, Floyd “Sonny” Barton Jr, and Wayne Barton. He is also survived by a great friend and fellow woodworker, Charlie Frawley.
He was a member of the Massena AmVets Post 4 and VFW Post 1143, a member of the Kingdom Hall in Massena, a former member of St. Patrick’s Church in Brasher Falls where he worked Bingo and taught catechism. In his younger years, Jim enjoyed summers with his Canadian family enjoying the pool, barbecues, games and general fun times. He loved to visit the state of Maine with his late wife Marg and his two brothers Floyd “Sonny” and Ruth, whom shared the same wedding anniversary, and Arthur “Art” and Priscilla. He also liked to travel, enjoyed reading, and working on genealogy, cooking, baking, woodworking, dancing, and being with his family and friends at his camp. He also played video and computer games on his own and with his grandchildren. Jim was a kind and compassionate man who spread love wherever he went. He was a hard worker, very family oriented, generous and loving man. He was always smiling and left an impact on everyone he met. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Memorial contributions may be shared with the American Heart and Stroke Association; 2 Clinton Square, Suite 305, Syracuse, NY 13202 and American Diabetes Association; 6390 Fly Rd # 2, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Nikola June Vanzelf Barton
1946–2005 (m. 1966)
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