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Obituary for John Edward Barnas

John Edward Barnas, of West Hartford, left this world on May 31, 2023 at the age of 73 with his family by his side. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

John was born to Edward Barnas and Irene (Fournier) Barnas on July 1, 1949 in Meriden, CT. He graduated from Wilcox Technical School and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Army. He proudly served in Vietnam from 1968-1970. Upon his return, he attended the Police Academy and served as a Hartford Police Officer from 1971 to 1995. He was awarded the Police Cross for being wounded in the line of duty in 1972. He was a member of the Police Benevolent Association, Hartford Police & Fire, and the Police Veterans Association. John formerly served as Commander of the Hartford VFW Post 254. He was also a member of the Hartford Moose Lodge #723.

John enjoyed cooking, boating, fishing, and trips to the Casinos. He also loved vacationing in the Bahamas, the Berkshires and taking many cruises to several ports of call.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his stepfather Stanley Werstak. He is survived by his loving wife, Natalie (Sciullo) Barnas and by his greatest accomplishment, his son Joseph Barnas, along with Joseph’s wife Stefanie and his adored grandsons, Michael and Jack from Staten Island, NY. John also leaves his sisters, Beverly Champagne and her husband, Gerard of Gilbert, AZ and Betty Wilkison and her husband, Dale of Jonesborough, TN. In addition, John leaves several extended family members including a sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be Thursday, (June 8) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford. A funeral procession will follow at 10:15 a.m. from the funeral home for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gianna Parish, St. Brigid Church, West Hartford. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden.

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