Johnny Barnes born John James Adolphus Mills on June 23, 1924
Come rain or shine, Johnny Barnes devoted six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.
Johnny could be found at the roundabout on Crow Lane outside Hamilton, Bermuda every weekday from 4 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Johnny’s now a Bermuda institution mentioned in several guidebooks and profiled in a documentary film.
He was known for waving and saying “I love you, God loves you,” to passing commuters during the morning rush hour into Hamilton.
From 1986, Johnny Barnes blew kisses to traffic 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 30 years.
Johnny peacefully passed away last July at the age of 93, just 7 months after he retired from the roundabout.
Enjoy the following short documentary about Johnny that Roseanne Ma recently made public online.
“Welcoming Arms” has screened at Oscar qualifying festivals: Urbanworld, Big Sky Documentary, Bermuda Intl Film Festival as well as other industry recognized festivals.