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John Thomas Barnes, II

John Thomas Barnes, II

Friday, October 1st, 1954 - Friday, July 12th, 2019
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John Thomas Barnes II, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana surrounded by family.

Son of Dr. Claude James Barnes (Jimmie) and Josefa Rodriguez Barnes (Fefi), he grew up in the town of Milton, Florida, where he graduated from Milton High School in 1972. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. During his time at Tulane he became involved in stage design, especially focusing in lighting and sound, working on productions at Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre and touring with the Tulanians from 1975 to 1977.

He worked for McDermott International for 36 years, launching his career with J. Ray McDermott in the fabrication yards around South Louisiana, where he had a knack for shaking things up. In 1985 he became a business development engineer working on joint venture projects in the Former Soviet Union, where he continued to shake things up. He subsequently became the General Manager of the McDermott International office in Moscow, Russia from 1992 to 1997 where he oversaw business development activities in the Former Soviet Union as the liaison to the Russian Government, which enabled him to really shake things up. John returned to shaking things up at the New Orleans office until it closed in 2013 when he retired from McDermott and briefly shook things up at the American Bureau of Shipping as an Engineer. He ultimately stopped shaking things so much when he retired fully in 2015.

John had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. This led him to have a variety of hobbies including woodworking, leatherworking, stained glass, sewing, jewelry making, and breaking and fixing anything electronic (possibly on purpose). His demeanor and sense of humor were unforgettable to anyone who met him, especially his contagious belly laugh. Through his love of cooking and good company, visitors often instantly became family. He never refused a guest into his home, and he never met a stranger.
John became a beacon of resiliency and strength after undergoing a heart transplant in 1997 and fighting through many medical setbacks.

He is survived by his wife, Khue Mai Le; his brothers: James A. Barnes, Mark C. Barnes and Gregory P. Barnes; sister, Madeleine Reese; former spouse and the mother of his children, Patricia Poe Van Cleave; his children, James Douglas Barnes and David Allen Barnes; stepchildren, Nicklas Dang and Alexander Dang; three granddaughters, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Rosary will be said around 8:30 a.m., visitation will be from 9:00 until funeral mass at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Milton, FL followed by graveside service at the Milton Cemetery.

Trahan Funeral Home, Milton, FL, and Lake Lawn Funeral Home, Metairie, LA, have been entrusted with arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
    6451 Park Avenue
    MILTON, FL 32570
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    Rosary will be said around 8:30 a.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
    6451 Park Avenue
    MILTON, FL 32570
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  • Interment

    Milton Cemetery
    Berryhill Road
    MILTON, FL 32570
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Raj Tikia

Posted at 06:24am
I worked with John in New Orleans Engg office. Ran into him one evening at Zea’s in Harahan. He was back from Russia and had a different heart (post transplant) but the same happy countenance. This was before Katrina. We talked briefly about old times at the NOLA McDermott Engineering dept . He said he was doing well with his new heart . RIP John, till we meet again at a McDermott party in heaven.
— Raj Tikia

Jennifer Dennies

Posted at 08:35pm
I met John while he was a student at Tulane and have never forgotten his sweet smile since. My sympathy to all of the family. A wonderful human being who left this earth too soon.

Elvina Wong

Posted at 05:43am
April 1984 when I first set foot in New Orleans, I was invited to your Crawfish Boil, my very first introduction to Lousiana life. I will never forget that party where I met your family and the rest of the Mcdermott NOLA colleagues. I also recall David was just born.
How time flies!
Through the years even though it was a long time ago and only a short year I spend in New Orleans, your friendship is always fresh in my memories. The party by the pool, being invited to experience my one and only water skiing trip, visiting Jackson Square on one of my trips back to New Orleans after Katrina and riding pillion on your Harley. Seeing your reaction when i showed up in your office in Houston and so many other episodes.
Thank you so much for all the memories. You will be missed.
RIP John
My deepest condolences to his family esp to Khue, Patty, JD and David.
Thank you for the care and friendship you extend to a stranger from the other side of the world.

Elvina Wong.
& now in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo

Doug Williams

Posted at 11:21am
My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with John and family. I remember my time in the Moscow office prepping for Komsomolsk; opening up the former Soviet Union certainly made for interesting times but I think John was always looking for something to weld.

Bob Gilmore

Posted at 06:05pm
RIP my friend. I'll always remember months of our early career days in Morgan City, climbing all over the top of the Cerveza jacket to ensure proper installation of flooding and grouting systems. John had a passion for getting his hands on everything.

Bob Gilmore
Katy, TX

Jan Carr Posted at 11:29am

John and I had a lengthy discussion (at one of his wonderful parties) discussing the methodology of shirt ironing. When ever I iron I always think of John. Jan Carr Tom Carr’s wife

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