Bernard J. Barrett Sr.
Bernard John Barrett Sr., 78, of Butler, formerly of Needham, Mass., and Parker, died at 4 a.m. Monday at his son's home in Bethesda, Md., after a long illness.
Born in Parker, March 13, 1926, he was the son of Bernard Regis and Mary Christine Rushe Barrett.
He was a graduate of Parker High School and studied at DeForrest Institute, now DeVry, in Illinois.
Mr. Barrett was a World War II Navy veteran. While attending fire-fighting school in the Navy, he was injured in a training accident that left him hearing impaired the remainder of his life.
In his early years in Parker, he was an altar boy at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. He belonged to the Catholic church in Needham during his 29 years as a resident there.
Before and after his military service, he was an active player in Parker area baseball teams. He was an avid duplicate bridge player all his life.
For years, he owned and operated a TV-radio repair and sales operation in Parker. After he left Parker, he studied and became involved in computer work during the early years of the computer era and was involved with field maintenance of main frame computer service. Working with GTE-Sylvania, he designed computer equipment and created programs for the implementation of computers with telephones. He retired from GTE-Sylvania in Needham.
While in Needham, he was a Democratic town committee member. He also was a member and past president of the Needham Lions Club and received many awards from Lions International including the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Foss Barrett, whom he married Dec. 27, 1950; a son, Bernard John "Jack" Barrett Jr. of Bethesda; and two grandchildren. A sister, Joan Sayers of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
A brother and two infant siblings preceded him in death.
BARRETT - Friends of Bernard John Barrett, who died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Parker, at a time to be announced in Wednesday's newspaper. Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Needham Lions, Box 59, Needham, MA 02912