2017-03-20 / Obituaries

John M. Barrows

NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — John Melvin Barrows, 60, died Thursday morning, March 16, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family.

John was born on June 17, 1956 in Windsor, Vermont the son of George Melvin and Gloria May (Porter) Barrows.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1974 and attended classes at both VTC and CCC. He then spent a number of years working in construction, as a machinist, and finally in special education. John married Stephanie Carroll in 1978 who predeceased him in 2011.

John loved to garden, he created the Community Garden at the Turning Point Recovery Center and worked hard over a number of years keeping the garden in great shape. He was also an avid cyclist, enjoyed swimming and spending time outside.

He is survived by his parents of North Springfield, his three children; Martine (Barrows) and Phillip Protas, Anthony (Barrows) and Casandra, all of North Springfield, and Gabrielle Barrows of North Carolina; his four grandchildren; Laurna, Leah, Josie, and Isabella, his two sisters; Penny (Barrows) Lucas and Mike, Diana (Barrows) Miles and Jay, three nieces, one nephew, one great niece, one great nephew, and his special friend Brenda Smolnik.

There will be no services held at this time. memorial donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Chapel in Springfield.

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