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BRUCE WILLIAM BARRETT


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
BRUCE WILLIAM BARRETT Obituary
BARRETT, Bruce William Was born on July 30th, 1924 in Topsham, Maine, and grew up in the neighboring town of Brunswick. He died on February 5th, 2014 in Wellesley, where he lived with his beloved wife, Nita (Frangoulis) Barrett, from 1958. He was the son of Arthur Patten Barrett (1888-1944) and Jennie Arlene Johnson (1898-1992), and the brother of Arthur (Sonny) Patten Barrett Jr. (1920-1943), Ralph G. Barrett (1923-2002), and Barbara E. Saunders (of Vero Beach, Florida). He leaves his wife of 59 years, Nita; his three sons and their wives (Curt and Susan Barrett of Westminster, Maryland; Randall and Lydia Barrett of Wellesley; and Scott and Leah Barrett of New York City); his five grandchildren (Adrienne, Alexandra, Cole, Jackson, and Kira); and a niece and two nephews. Bruce grew up during the depression on a hundred-acre farm a stones throw from the ocean. From childhood, he acquired a life-long love of horses, boats, and sailing. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942, and enlisted in the US Navy a few months later, serving as a Sonarman Harbor Defense Third Class in the Pacific. During the war, two things happened that changed his life forever. In February 1943, his oldest brother, Arthur, was declared missing in action, having gone down with the USS De Haven in the South Pacific. Then his father died, trampled by a horse while working on the family farm. After the war, Bruce attended Bowdoin College, graduating with a degree in math and physics in 1950. He then rejoined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged in 1953, he entered graduate school at Harvard University, later continuing his graduate studies in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent his career in the Boston area, with particularly long stints at MITs Draper and Lincoln Laboratories. Much of this work was classified. After retiring, Bruce took up small-scale beekeeping, serving as president of the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association. A natural teacher, he enjoyed passing on the skills and joys of beekeeping to others. He will be remembered most of all as a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather, always there when needed, with a reassuring bearing and a welcoming smile. Visitation will be held at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt.16) WELLESLEY, on Friday, February 14th from 5:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrews Church on Denton Road in Wellesley on Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bruce Barretts memory to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees (http://honeybeepreservation.org/learnmore/about/). Online guestbook and directions at www.gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781-235-4100
Published in The Boston Globe from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, 2014
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