A lifetime resident of the Morrisburg area, Joe Barnhart passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was 75.
Joe was born in Osnabruck Township, on March 28, 1941, to his parents Thomas and Mary Barnhart (nee Hart) and was raised in Mariatown.
On August 28, 1965, he married Sandra Raistrick and together they had two children Todd and Leslie.
Joe was a super hard worker. He always had a job, and he was a jack of all trades. During his lifetime he was employed as a transport driver for both Harland Veinotte and Smith. He also worked for the Canadian Coast Guard and Caldwell Linen Mill,
Joe worked on a farm, and as a surveyor and he did many other odd jobs here and there. Joe was never one to sit still.
Joe was an amazing cook, a meat and potato kind of guy and he would eat just about anything. During the summer, Joe bought lots of corn on the cob and the family enjoyed having corn feasts in the back yard with their friends.
A good singer, he loved Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and all of the Classic Country music. He loved dancing and singing and parading around with his grandkids. The kids thought he was quite comical when he would do a jig for them.
Joe enjoyed hunting and getting together with his hunting buddies at their camp to do a little hunting and swap stories. In addition he loved to fish and watch stock car races. Every Sunday, Joe sat and watched racing for hours. His favourite drivers were Dale Earnhardt and then Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Joe was a very sociable man. He made friends wherever he went because he was pleasant and liked to have a good time.
Joe loved his grandkids, and he spoiled them rotten. He enjoyed taking them fishing in the boat and he showed them all of his tricks about how to hunt properly, how to fish and even how to tie proper knots.
Joe was well known for being a bit of a prankster, and he loved to do things to get Sandra going. He would tell her things to get her all wound up, and then he would snicker once she realized that he was just pulling her leg.
He was also famous for his ability to screech and make a “siren” noise that sounded just like a real siren.
Even though he wasn’t rich, Joe always made sure that his family had everything they needed. More importantly he gave his family things that money couldn’t buy. He gave them unconditional love, and they will cherish the memories and keep him alive in their hearts forever.
Joe is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Todd (Natalie) of Embrun and Leslie Claxton (Brent) of Kemptville, his grandchildren Sydney, Paige, Wade and Jaiden and his sister-in-law Ida Hart of Lake Errock, B .C.
He was predeceased by his brother Archie Hart. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11 a.m., with Rev. Samer Kandalaft officiating. Cremation followed.
Interment of cremated remains will be at Fairview Cemetery in Mariatown.
Pallbearers were Todd Barnhart, Brent Claxton, Wayne McHaffie, George Conlin, David Conlin and Bob Steward.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Conlin, Ted Smith, Wade Claxton and Eric Hamilton.
Donations to the O.S.P.C.A. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.