BARRETT, Paul E., Sr.
Paul Edward "Ned" Barrett, Sr., 83, beloved husband of Grace Walsh Barrett of Branford, died January 30, 2013 at Connecticut Hospice after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born July 16, 1929 in Exeter, PA, son of the late Paul and Mary Brann Barrett. Paul was a 1947 graduate of Ansonia High School, and attended Southern Connecticut for one year, before transferring to the University of Connecticut, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1952. Hired immediately upon graduation by International Business Machines, Paul first served in the Korean War where he worked in Intelligence at his post in Germany. In 1954, he returned to IBM where he excelled in sales for 30 years before going on to be an Executive Vice-President at The Travelers Insurance Company, retiring in 1994. Paul was a resident of Branford for the past 50 years. A communicant of St. Mary Church, he was an active volunteer with the Branford Food Council, serving on their Board of Directors. For many years, he was a member of the Branford Elk's Lodge #1939, where he was elected Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and Irishman of the Year in 2006. Knowing of his wife's cherished memories of her childhood summers at Mansfield Grove, East Haven, he bought a cottage next to her parents' (the late Jerome and Julia Grace Casey Walsh), and for 45 years enjoyed boating and fishing while raising his children at this summer community. Paul was also a member of the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, and after his retirement, he and his wife wintered at The Villages in Florida. Paul's most cherished memories, however, took place at the family retreat he created in Otis, MA. Otis held a very special place in his heart. Paul will be remembered for his fierce loyalty, keen intellect, intense work ethic and generous heart. Both professionally and personally, he was a mentor and friend to many. Paul took great pride in his Irish heritage, and was known for his ready laugh and talent for spinning a riveting tale. His passion for knowledge was pursued as he and his wife enjoyed a life filled with travel, both across this country, and throughout many others. Paul was an avid reader, enjoyed golf and crossword puzzles, and at the age of 60, took up running. With his typical zeal, Paul went on to compete nine marathons, including two in Hawaii, two in Dublin, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D. C., and the grueling Boston Marathon. Whatever Paul put his mind to; his energy and determination were inspiring. Besides his cherished wife of 60 years, Paul is survived by his children, Peter (Jean) Barrett of Guilford; Judy Barrett, Janet Barrett, Megan Barrett Cunningham (Brian), and Terry Barrett (Tara), all of Branford; his sisters Mary Joy Barrett Walsh and Anne (Walter) Belske. His 17 grandchildren, Courtney, Paul III, Connor, Kate, Maggie, Michael, J. P., Lauren, Grace, Peter, Kyle, Maeve, Casey, Bridget, Shay, Bohan, and Samantha, will dearly miss their Poppa. Paul was predeceased by his son Paul Edward Barrett, Jr. and his granddaughter Caroline Barrett, as well as by his sister Joan (Richard) Dube and brothers-in-law William (Doris) Keish and Donald Walsh. His many nieces and nephews will forever miss their Uncle Ned. All who knew him knew that nothing was more precious to Paul than his wife and family. The Barrett's express their deep gratitude to the ALS Association; the Veterans Administration; and the entire caring community of CT Hospice.
His funeral will leave the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church, Branford at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the ALS Association, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 1050, Washington, D. C. 20005, or the Leukemia Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave., Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091-1064. For directions or online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.