John Barrett

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June 13, 2012

John Philip Barrett Jr., 55, of Sweet Valley, formerly of Lee Park, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, after a courageous two-year battle with Parotid Adenocarcinoma.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 20, 1957, he is a son of John P. Barrett Sr. of Hanover Township and the late Joan Woodburn Barrett.

John was a 1976 graduate of Hanover Area High School, and he proudly served as a Staff Sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard 109th Field Artillery, C Battery, for 21 years, where he formed unbreakable bonds with his fellow servicemen.

John was employed at Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany for the past 28 years where he made many lifelong friends. John enjoyed traveling, rafting the Grand Canyon, hiking through Yosemite National Park and cruising through Glacier Bay in Alaska.

John and his wife, Nancy, are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lake Silkworth, where they formerly served as youth ministers. They were active in the Boy Scouts Organization for many years, where John served as Scoutmaster for Troop 166 in Hanover Township. He was a loyal Penguins, Bears and Boston Red Sox fan, and recently attended games at Fenway Park and spring training at Jet Blue Park in Florida.

Most of all, John treasured spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their precious kitties, Blackie, Patches and Packy Sandra, at their home on North Lake, entertaining family and friends, fishing, boating, ice skating, working on the house and observing the many different species of birds that frequented their backyard.

The family would like to thank all who visited and spent time with John and Nancy throughout this trying time.

John was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Linda Barrett Cooper; grandparents, James and Emma Nicolodi Barrett, and Harold and Adelaide McQuewn Woodburn.

Surviving in addition to his father, are his devoted wife of 16 years, Nancy Schlosser Barrett, formerly of Lyndwood; son, Ryan Barrett (an Eagle Scout), and companion Jackelyn Shields, Lyndwood; brother, Patrick Barrett, and wife Robyn, Plymouth; sisters, Kathy Hurn and husband Paul, Trucksville; Susan Barrett; Duryea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to go directly to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2011 State Rt. 29, Lake Silkworth, on Monday to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Richard Fox officiating.

Friends may call Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corners of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veteran Housing Catholic Social Services, 33 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St. Taunton, MA 02780, or to the .

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Published in Times Leader on June 14, 2012
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