John "Peter" Barnes, III

April 19, 1938 ~ September 9, 2019 (age 81)


On September 9, 2019 John Peter Barnes, III (Peter) passed in peace at the age of 81 surrounded by his dear wife Nancy Davis Barnes and family at Honor Health Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Loving father of Katherine Barnes Corner and Royce Barnes Ursu with his first wife Joan Cantor Barnes.  Proud grandfather of Vaughn Fitzpatrick Corner, Griffin Michael Corner, Ava Hsiu-Ju Ursu and Chloe Hsiu-Chu Ursu.

Brother of Michael D. Barnes and further survived by nieces, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his dear parents, John Peter Barnes Jr. and Vernon Smith Barnes of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Peter will be lovingly remembered for his kind spirit, love of music, the arts and classic cars.  Peter had a gifted eye for photography and saw the beauty in the small details of everyday life.

Peter carried with him fond memories of his boyhood growing up in Manhasset, New York and playing baseball with his brother Mike.  Peter was a star athlete at Manhasset High School.  He was a champion swimmer, the ace pitcher on the baseball team, and a starting player on the basketball team, where he played with Jim Brown, who later became one of the greatest football players in NFL history.  

In 1955, the Barnes family moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland and Peter attended George Washington University.   Peter’s professional path led him into advertising where he worked for CBS for many years moving his young family to Chicago, Los Angeles and New York before finally settling in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1980.  Scottsdale was home and where he established his roots.

In 1990 he met his love, Nancy Davis at an art gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.  Peter and Nancy went on to have 29 years of adventures.  One of their favorites activities was spending leisure time at Nancy’s family cabin outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  They shared a love of art and frequented galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and San Francisco.  Peter and Nancy were active members of Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church.  Peter especially loved his participation in the Saint Barnabas Education for Ministry (EFM) classes.

On Friday, September 13, 2019 at sunset, Peter will be remembered in a private family service at Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Saint Barnabas Angle Tree.  The Angle Tree provides Christmas gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent and might not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.  The Angel Tree program touches more than 500 children in the greater Scottsdale valley area.    

Donations may be made via check or online.  The mailing address is: Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, 6715 Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ  85253.  The church website is On the website select “Menu”, select “I Want To”, select “Give or Donate”.  In the “designate gift” section, type “Angel Tree”.

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