James F. Considine Barrett Sr., a longtime resident of West Scranton, died Saturday afternoon at Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit after an illness. His wife was the former Ann O'Malley, who died on April 3, 1998.
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Born in the Providence section of Scranton, son of the late James F. and Catherine McGowan Considine, he attended Scranton public schools and was a devoted member of St. Patrick's Church, West Scranton. He was employed for 27 years by the City of Scranton Fire Department, earning the rank of District Chief by his retirement in 1982. A United States Army veteran, he served honorably during World War II in the South Pacific in places such as Guadalcanal, the Philippines and New Guinea. During his service he earned the Philippines Liberation, Victory and Asia Pacific Theater Services medals.
In his youth, he spent his free time as an avid fisherman, electrician, woodworker and amateur inventor. He loved to conceive, draft and build projects, everything from grandfather and cuckoo clocks, gifts for friends, oak dinner tables, cabinets, desks and toys. He rebuilt his home on Jackson Street.
James was an avid gardener and kept a rose garden for his beloved wife of 37 years, Ann. He loved his tomatoes and canned them, as well as fruit, annually. He loved music, old movies, and his son and daughter. Some of his favorite times were spent sitting in his backyard overlooking his garden with a glass of wine and watching the birds that visited the many feeders and birdhouses he built.
He was an excellent cook and baker, famous for turkey dinners, casseroles and delectable apple pies. Finally, he was a gifted storyteller, often regaling his friends and family for hours about his time in the military, as a firefighter, and all the quirky and fun experiences he had in his life.
Surviving are a son, James F. Barrett Jr. and his wife, Mariellen, of West Scranton; a daughter, Kathleen Barrett of Alexandria, Va.; two stepgrandchildren, Marirose and Kenneth; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, in 1947; and a sister, Katherine, in 1949.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. Interment with military honors, Cathedral Cemetery. Anyone attending the Mass is asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Kearney Funeral Home Inc. 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Hospice Community Care Inpatient Hospice Unit, 100 William St. Dunmore, 18510. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 15, 2012
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