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JOHN A. BARRETT

JOHN A. BARRETT - SHELBURNE - John Adelord Barrett, a proud, compassionate, gentle man, passed into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 17, 2012, at his home in Shelburne, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. John was born on Sept. 14, 1942, in Burlington, one of six children of Ulderic (Frenchy) and Lillian (Izor) Barrett. He graduated from Burlington High School. John married Barbara Boomhover on Nov. 13, 1965. John was past president and owner of Barrett Trucking Company, Inc., retiring in 2006. He was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 916, Burlington. John gave freely of himself whenever he was needed. When the Red Cross called him for platelets drawing he would drop everything and donate his blood so someone else could live. John was very involved in youth hockey. He was one of the founders and board members of Chittenden South Burlington Youth Hockey (C.S.B.). In June 1990, he was presented with the Rice Boosters Association MVP Award. He loved the sport and supported his children and grandchildren from Mites to Glades to high school hockey. John and Barbara loved to watch hockey so much they traveled to Europe to see their granddaughter, Courtney, play hockey. John also supported and enjoyed UVM Hockey, attending as many games as possible. John is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Barbara; five children, Joseph (Melissa) Barrett, Theresa (Daniel) Barrett-Hill, Michael Barrett, Timothy (Tracey) Barrett, and Brian (partner, Brittany DuPrat) Barrett. John was very much loved by his siblings, Theresa Greenough, Mary Jane (Buddy) Major, George (Stephanie) Barrett, and James (Roberta) Barrett; brother-in-law, Merrill Jarvis; and sister-in-law, Jackie Desrochers. In addition, John (Gido) is survived by his grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Christopher Barrett, Courtney Barrett, Tayton Barrett, Russell John (RJ) Hill, Tanner Barrett, Sam Finkelstein, Ben Finkelstein, Jordan Finkelstein, Kayle Bushey, Clay Leggett, and Taylor Leggett. John is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren, whom he loved and were a very important part of his life. John was predeceased by his parents; sister, Lucille Jarvis; and brother-in-law, Robert Boomhover. John's family wishes to thank Dr. Barbara Grant, Paul Larson and their staff at the Cancer Clinic, as well as the Hospice nurses for the compassionate care they gave our father. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 136 Locust St., Burlington. Interment will follow in New Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visiting hours will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. Online condolences may be sent to, www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta (Vermont's only camp for children with cancer), P. O. Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486, or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403. Our family says, "God Bless You" husband, father, brother, Gido, uncle and friend. We will remember and love you forever.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 19, 2012
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