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Industry mourns former Perko sales manager

John Barnes, who worked for more than 40 years in the marine industry, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale.
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John “Jack” E. Barnes, who spent the latter part of a more than 40-year marine industry career as aftermarket sales manager at Perko, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 79.

Perko said Barnes began his career in the industry in 1972 at the Henry S. Gartner & Associates rep firm and focused on OEM accounts in Florida.

Six years later, he became president and majority shareholder of the company.

In 1995, he relinquished his presidential and administrative duties to focus on the aftermarket, Perko said. At the end of 2000, he sold his interest in Gartner and retired.

Deciding to start a second career, Barnes joined Perko in 2001 and traveled the country, working shows, developing aftermarket programs and cementing relationships.

An obituary said a memorial visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Horizon Funeral & Cremation Services at 4650 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point, Fla.

On Saturday, a celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. at Horizon and the family will continue to receive friends after services until 4 p.m. Private burial services will be held at a later date.

Perko said online condolences can be offered at Horizon’s website.

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