Jay Floyd Barton, 84STAMFORD, Vt. — Jay Floyd Barton, 84, of 706 Jepson Road died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at his home.
Born in North Adams, Mass., on May 20, 1929, the son of Daniel C. and Irene Kenyon Barton, he attended the former Archer School in the city's Blackinton section and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1948.
An Air Force veteran, he enlisted in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1956 with the rank of technical sergeant.
Mr. Barton joined his brother, Everett Barton, in 1962 in the operation of EW Barton Co., a capacitor manufacturing company in Northridge, Calif. He had earlier worked at several auto dealerships in the area as a mechanic.
He returned to the area in 2007 and had resided with his companion, Susan Hardman Bohl, since that time.
He loved life and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, boating, and traveling in his RV, and was a master woodcarver. His interest in the Southwestern United States and its indigenous cultures led to much study and travel in that area. He had visited all 50 states and traveled abroad.
Besides his companion, and her family, he leaves nephews Bruce Bombardier of Denver, N.C., Everett Barton Jr. of Bellingham, Wash., David Barton of South Bend, Ind., and Alan and Stanley Hill of Turner, Maine, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Barton of South Bend.
He also leaves two former wives, Florence Beckwith Longstaff of Dalton and Mary Taylor Barton of Pomona, Calif., with whom he maintained friendships.
He was predeceased by siblings Verna Barton Bombardier, Berle Barton Hill, Daniel Barton and Everett Barton.
FUNERAL NOTICE — Funeral services for Mr. Barton and burial will be in the Barton lot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, at a later date. He is being cremated, at his request.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice through Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.