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John M. Barr

JOHN M. BARR age 87, loving father of Dulcey Barr (husband Brian Gingerich); devoted grandfather of Bailey, Rowan, Van, Beau, Jillian, and Jude Gingerich; cherished son of the late John and Madeline (nee Schilling); dearest brother of the late Joanne; survived by his loving canine companion Dixie. U.S. Air Force Veteran.

John was born September 24, 1930 and passed away November 28, 2017. He was a resident of Cleveland Heights for 30 years and a U.S. Air Force veteran. John attended Cleveland Heights High school and graduated from Ohio State University to became an owner, operator and restauranteur. He was the founder of Nighttown, Raintree and Watership Down. John was an Indians and Buckeye fan who loved dogs, art, literature, music and loved traveling to his home in Savannah, GA. He will be remembered most as a hard-working visionary who was very witty, enigmatic, social and outgoing. John will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of John to the Cleveland APL, 1729 Willey Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. All services private. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. John Barr was, is, and always will be, the love of my life. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones.

  2. John was my neighbor in Savavvah. I met him when I locked myself out of my condo next door on a holiday weekend. He let me use his phone to call a locksmith we became good friends. Shared dinners with his friend Steve. He talked about his life in Cleveland and renting his Savannah home for movie crews. I loved his sense of humor. He will long be remembered and missed. God speed my friend. Hope to see you there!

  3. Druscilla Robertson :

    Dulcey and Brian,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Cynthia Steinberger :

    Wonderful memories of John giving me a tour of Savannah while dogwalking when Dodie and I stayed with him.
    We discovered we had a mutual friend, Lolie, from Aspen. I met her on an Egypt trip.
    Always interesting conversation….miss his smile.
    Hugs to you..take care.

  5. Brent J Murphy :

    Dulcey, your dad and I became fast friends of different generations here in Savannah GA. John and I met on a daily basis at the track on Lake Meyer, where he would walk or bike( and walk his dog) and I would rollerblade . We had many talks about his interesting life in the bar and restaurant business. After all his stories, I felt like a patron. I miss John since moving back to Cleveland. I know one thing for sure,,, John certainly loved family, especially the grandkids and Dulcey. God be with him. Captain Brent

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