RALPH E. BARRETT - SARASOTA, Fla. - Ralph E. Barrett, 88, formerly of Shelburne, Vt., passed away on April 3, 2011 in the Tarpon Point Nursing Facility in Sarasota, Fla. He was born on Sept. 11, 1922, in Barre, Vt., son of the late Edward and Anna (Lafond) Barrett. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jean R. Barrett in 2008. Survivors include his son, Gary and wife, Karen, of So. Burlington; a sister, Tessie Wiggins of Florida; brotherin-law, Floyd Moorby of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren, Todd Barrett and wife Wanda, Trisha Barrett, BJ Barrett and wife Jennifer, all of So. Burlington; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves a very special friend, Isabelle Murphy of Sarasota, who was his loving companion and caregiver the past two years. Ralph owned and operated Barrett's Tree Service for many years and was very proud of the fact that it has passed on three generations, (his son, Gary, and now currently owned and operated by his grandsons, Todd and BJ.) Private services will be held in Vermont at a later date.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 10, 2011