After a short but courageous battle with stage IV lung cancer, Michael Barton passed away on Sunday, May 7th, 2017, surrounded by his family and closest loved ones in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Mike was born on September 2nd, 1957 to the late Waltraut and Ray Barton in Orlando, Florida. He grew up in Orlando and married his wife, Kitty Barton on September 11th, 1982. They were happily married for 34 years before his passing.
Michael was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Kitty Barton; daughter, Jennifer Barton-Gomer, her husband David Gomer, and their son David Gomer Jr. (Orlando, Fl.); and his daughter Kimberly Osborn and her husband Nathan (Sy) Osborn (Bethpage, NY.).
Mike worked as a Superintendent for Winter Park Construction for 22 years. When not on the construction site, he was an avid golfer. Not a weekend went by where he couldn't be found on a golf course or at the beach. He was also proud to watch his grandson play baseball at Conway Little League.
A viewing will be held at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, 1350 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, Fl. 32789, on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10am. The funeral is scheduled for 11am, followed by graveside service at Glen Haven Memorial Park, and Celebration of Life reception at Winter Park Civic Center, hosted by Winter Park Construction.
Rest in peace my friend, I believe the greens are soft and true in heaven.
Michael OsbornOrmond Beach, FL
Kitty and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mike and I worked together quite a bit during our years at WPC and I have a lot of good memories of him. I loved hearing him talk about his family. He loved his family and all of you brought him much joy! He will be missed by many. My prayers and thoughts are with you, Kitty, and all of your family. Blessings, Chris
Chris AmbroseMaitland, FL
Kitty, Jen and Kimberly:
May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness. May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort. May lasting peace surround your grieving heart.
When it rains, look for rainbows, when it's dark, look for stars.
We will always remember what a good man Michael was.
The Weathers FamilyEnterprise, FL
You are no longer by our side but you are forever in our hearts. God has opened his arms to you. Be at peace with him my friend.
I pray that God brings peace and healing to Kitty and and the Barton family.
Noelle DieblerOrlando, FL
Although we never met Michael, Our deepest sympathies for your loss on such a wonderful man and please accept our condolences. Lifting you all up in prayer for peace and comfort.
The Bearden "CLAN" Christian, Linda, Alan and NicoHuntington Beach, CA
It's difficult to find the words to say anything other than I'm sorry to the entire Barton Family for your loss. It wouldn't be fair to say Mike and I had a close relationship at work. I never had the opportunity to work with him during my years in the field as a teenager and our positions haven't crossed much since I returned to the company 4 years ago. I was lucky enough to partner with him last fall at the the Rump Ryder Cup and had a great day talking to him about life (and getting all 3 points for WPC!). He gave me a lot of advice for my upcoming marriage. We talked about what I can expect when starting a family of my own and what worked for him and Kitty over the years. That day gave me a great glimpse into the man Mike was and when I heard he'd passed it hurt to think of the entire Barton family losing a great husband, father, and grandfather. I know I and the entire WPC family won't quickly forget him.
Jeffrey P. Forrest (Jr.)Orlando, FL
Words cannot express the sadness that I and the rest of the WPC family feels. We take solace in knowing that Mike left his mark on countless WPC projects over his 22 years of service with the company. We will remember him often when we see his work and never forget the impact he made on us.
Jeff ForrestMaitland, FL
You are in our prayers.
Harry RogersWinter Springs, FL
Rest in peace uncle Mike. You were in my life a lot growing up and sure have missed you and when I heard about this it tore me up inside and kept praying for you always and had you on prayer list at church and prayed for you 3 times a week there also. Going to miss you always and never forget you. Love you always.
Rebecca Baldwin (Johnson)MARIANNA, FL
Mike Barton was a great man and was a great mentor and friend to me here at WPC - He helped me continue to smile during my battle with Cancer and was always there to listen and give a hug of support. He will be truly missed by many and I feel very fortunate to have had him here as my friend... I feel fortunate to have him looking over all of us for all eternity!! Rest in Peace my friend - my your journey be beautiful and may you now be without pain. I will miss my friend and your funny stories and contagious laugh. May your family find peace during this time - watch over them - may you always be in their hearts. Sending you all prayers for God to lift you up and hold you and comfort you. God Bless and Rest In Peace Mike Barton. I will miss you.
Kathy Kelley and family
Kathy KelleyKissimmee, FL