Vincent S. Barnett

Vincent S. Barnett

09-08-1929 - 06-04-2023


Sunrise                                  Sunset
September 8, 1929              June 4, 2023

Thursday, June 29, 2023
Viewing—1:00PM Service—2:00PM
Canaan Baptist Church
132 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10026
Fr. Grover T. Reddie—Officiating

Vincent Samuel Barnett affectionately called Vin/Mr. B/Sir. B/ Justice was born on Sunday, September 8, 1929, in Black Hill, Portland, Jamaica, W.I. He was the first boy born of nine children.  His parents were Alfred Barnett and Lillian Giscombe-Barnett.

At the age of 17 years, he gained employment as an assistant timekeeper, with the United Fruit Company, at the Boundbrook Wharf.  He remained in their employ for over 30 years, during which time he was promoted to different positions and eventually to a management position. He later opted for early retirement when the company was taken over by the Banana Board. 

On Sunday, April 18, 1954, he married Ivy Johnson.  The union produced four beautiful girls.  The couple went on to own and successfully operate various types of businesses. Vincent was involved in community activities. He was the treasurer of the Jamaica Union of Travelers Association (JUTA) from 1970-1973 and the last standing foundation member.  He was put in charge of the cruise ship area and was very active throughout his tenure.  After leaving JUTA, he made himself available to them, as a consultant. He was, also, a member of the Lions Club and an active member of the Portland Masonic Lodge for approximately 10 years. He was made a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Portland in 1974 and served dutifully whenever he was in Portland.

Vincent and his wife, Ivy, migrated to the United States of America in 2004, but returned to Portland, often, for extended periods of time.  He was an avid dancer and music lover.  He loved to play both the guitar and piano. Some of his favorite things were laying in his gray leather reclining chair, watching TV, getting his nails clipped, and having his back, legs, and feet rubbed. His favorite pastimes were watching New York's Channels 7, 9, and 15.  In the mornings   he would turn the TV on Channel 7 and watch all day until Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune in the evening and then switch to Family Feud and later in the night, Shark Tank. He also enjoyed having a drink with his visitors; his specialty being Guinness stout mixed with Pepsi. On Friday, July 17, 2020, after 66 years of marriage, Mrs. Ivy Barnett predeceased him.

Although Vincent missed Ivy, dearly, he chose to be strong. Together, the family was able to give love and support to each other in that time of grief.  Years later, Vincent Samuel Barnett was admitted to Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital on Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Manhattan, NY and died there, on Sunday, June 4, 2023.

He is survived by his children: Lola, Owen, Marjorie, Marcia, Sandra, and Maulese. One daughter, Eula, predeceased him on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He is also survived by his brothers Marcus and Daniel,

Sisters Seriah and Claire, many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, sons and daughters in law, grand-sons and daughters in laws, great-grand sons & daughters in law and a host of other relatives and friends.

Port Antonio Cemetery

Jamaica, West Indies


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