John A. Barbera

John A. Barbera 61, formerly of Manville, RI a retired US Postal Service employee of 20 years passed away peacefully with family at his side at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence on Thursday January 3rd. He was the husband of the late Patricia “Patti” (Gagnon) Barbera.

John was born October 22, 1957 in Oak Harbor Washington. He was the son of the late Francis “Dick” and Patricia “Patty” (Cook) Barbera.

John was well known for his happy-go-lucky nature, his quick smile and very giving heart. He was always very quick to help anyone in need. A phenomenal athlete and bowler, he was also an avid softball player playing third base for his beloved Postal Service team.

John is survived by his two sons John Anthony Barbera Jr. of Manville and Wade Everett Barbera of Warwick, his stepdaughter Lori (Gagnon) Akin of Citrus Springs, FL and three brothers Richard “Rick” Barbera and his wife Amy, Arthur “Ed” Barbera and his wife Andrea and Robert “Joe” Barbera and his wife Anita.

Visitation to which all are invited to attend will be held on Monday from 7:00-9:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial services will be private.

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Andrew Savone - 01/06/2019

I am so sorry for your loss.

DONNIE YOUNG _ - 01/07/2019

Did not become aware until today 1/7/19. Those Cook sisters produced some amazing children. The world becomes a lot less when one leaves. I have great memories of when we all cavorted together. John, heaven has a place for you !!! Rest in peace cousin !!

Nancy Barbera - 01/07/2019

I always remember Johnny's smiling face. Pauline and I had lots of laughs whenever the four of you came to Arlington for a visit. Time goes by way too fast! Wish I could be there to say goodbye. Love to all the family Auntie Nancy!! XXOO

Elaine Lambert - 01/08/2019

I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of John’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) Lean on Him in the days to follow. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit

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