William Barton

BARTON, William R. M.D., 87, of Wheeling, WV, died Sunday, November 4, 2012 at home surrounded by loved ones.

He was born August 12, 1925 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a son of the late Dr. William and Mary Francis Penny Barton.

Dr. Barton received his undergraduate education at St. Mary’s Preparatory Academy in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada and Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish Nova Scotia, Canada.

He attended Medical School at the University of Ottawa and conducted an undergraduate internship at Ottawa Civic Hospital, both in Ottawa, Canada.

His post graduate surgical internship was at Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and a general surgical residency at Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Barton was a Demonstrator in Anatomy at the University of Ottawa and completed a general surgical residency at the Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, and his orthopaedic residency at University Hospitals, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It was during his time in Pittsburgh that Dr. Barton met the love of his life and future wife, Nina Parco Barton.

With the personal help of then Junior Congressman Robert Byrd, Dr. Barton acquired U.S. Citizenship.

He then served as senior Orthopaedic resident at Lakeville State Hospital in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Dr. Barton maintained a private Orthopaedic practice in Wheeling, West Virginia for twenty-five years, followed by a two-year appointment as senior Orthopaedic Surgeon and consultant at the United States Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He then founded, and served as Medical Director for the Pittsburgh, Medical Assessment Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

His Professional Appointments and Associations included Vice Chair and Chair of the Orthopaedic Section at Wheeling Hospital and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Section of the Ohio Valley Medical Center.

Dr. Barton was an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Interstate Orthopaedic Association, Southern Medical Association, WV Medical Association, North America Spine Society, National Associate of Disability Evaluating Physicians, American College of Occupational Medicine, and the Tri-State Occupational Medical Association.

Dr. Barton was an active member of Saint Michael’s Parish for over fifty years and will be remembered as a man of high character, dignity, unquenchable curiosity, and interest in people.

He loved being a physician and surgeon and was active in the State and National Pro-Life movements.

He loved hockey, tennis, yard work, the ocean and especially his prized giant beech tree in the back yard.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Fred and Frank Barton, sisters, Margaret and Rita Barton, a son, William Raymond and a daughter, Mary Francis “MiMi” Barton.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Nina Parco Barton; children, Vera Barton-Caro, Kathy Baxter and her husband, John, Bob Barton and his wife, Pam and Anita Barton Erwin; grandchildren, Bart and Katie Caro, Nina, Carolyn and Anita Santilli, Billy Barton, John, Rebecca and Lauren Erwin; as well as the family’s newest addition, great-granddaughter, Jaclynn Penny Santilli.

On behalf of the family, a special thanks is extended to Dr. William Mercer, the angels at Liza’s Place, Amedisys Hospice, and Dad’s special home aides.

Friends received 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November, 7, 2012 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. William K. Matheny as celebrant.

Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling.

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