Jill Perreault Barrett
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Jill Perreault Barrett, 70, died Wednesday, July 22, surrounded by family, community, and an aura of love. Jill was born in Dracut, MA, the daughter of George and Eileen Perreault. She graduated from Dracut High School and Merrimack College. She moved to Hartford in 1971 to attend graduate school at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, at which she received a Master's in Community Organizing. She certainly put this degree to good use in her personal and professional career. Jill began as a community organizer at Asylum Hill Inc. Always an independent spirit, she left that job to travel across Europe, Egypt, and the Middle East to see the world before she got married. She returned to a position as outreach manager for the Crime Prevention Program with the Hartford Police Department, and next as Executive Director of the Knox Parks Foundation. After a hiatus at home raising three energetic boys, she returned to the work world, earning a second Master's at the University of Massachusetts and then joining the Fitzgerald and Halliday planning firm. She retired from the firm as a senior project manager this year. Jill's civic engagements are many, including service as chair of Hartford's Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and project manager of the Farmington Avenue Alliance, dedicated to the revitalization of the avenue that runs through her cherished West End neighborhood. Jill met her husband David at a political event in Hartford, and they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church. Jill loved to work on her garden plot at the West End community garden and later moved to gardening at home. She was a rower, heading onto the Connecticut River early in the mornings in her single scull. She took up golfing and got pretty good at it. Her interests were so varied – opera and travel near the top of the list. She was a member of a women's craft group in the West End for more than 40 years. In recent years, Jill became very active in the effort at her church to resettle immigrant families in the Hartford region. She worked with families from Syria and Afghanistan. Jill leaves her husband David, her sons Ian (and his wife and daughter Sara and Vera), Chris and Philip; sister in law Pat Thistle and her husband Ron; brother George Perreault and his wife Lori; brother Jay Perreault; brother Alan Perreault; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A special service to honor Jill will be held at a later date at the boathouse at Riverfront Recapture. A private prayer service will be held on Sunday, July 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, at 1 p.m. and live streamed. Donations in her memory may be made to Riverfront Recapture in Hartford or Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven. Jill loved to sit on her front porch, telling stories and greeting passersby. The family will receive visitors on that porch at their home from 4 to 7 on Friday, July 24, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jul. 23, 2020.
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August 6, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Barrett family,
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James Cain
August 1, 2020
To Jill's family: I was surprised and greatly saddened to learn of Jill's death. She and I were classmates in Dracut, from first grade through 12th. I think of her still as a freckle-faced, spunky kid who always had a smile for everyone and welcomed an adventure. We had great fun rehearsing for our senior musical, "Babes in Arms," where I played piano and she sang with emotion and gusto. I talked with her at the most recent high school reunion in Dracut and was impressed with the life she had carved out in Connecticut. I'm sorry we lost touch, as I share many of her hobbies, such as gardening, golf, opera and travel.

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Jill in your lives. I feel an ache as well, childhood friendships always lingering in your bones. It sounds like she had a very full and loving life and will leave many wonderful memories to those who were lucky enough to share it.
Most sincerely,
Linda (Makos) Hamilton
Linda C Hamilton
Classmate
July 29, 2020
Georgie
July 28, 2020
To The Family & Friends Of Jill, Our Deepest Condolences. She was a special person to all she met. Reading all these condolences proves how she touched so many lives. Still in shock this could happen so quickly. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE & MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!!! Sincerely, Employees At State Awning Co. Hartford Ct.
Susan Adams
Acquaintance
July 27, 2020
Please except my sincere sympathy on the loss of Jill. I was shocked to hear the news, as the last time I saw her she was excited about her upcoming retirement. I am a TRB friend of hers, having served with her on the Public Involvement Committee for almost a decade. We sat together often at meetings and dinners during the January conferences in D.C. I will remember her as and fun and engaging colleague and someone who always offered excellent input, ideas and advice regarding any activity our committee was involved in. Rest in peace, my friend.

Terri Parker
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
College Station, TX
Terri Parker
Friend
July 26, 2020
My sincerest condolences David, to you and your family, on Jill's passing. Our paths crossed only occasionally through the years, but always to good result. Whether on the soccer field, or reviewing a plan for Hartford and discussing its impact, or merely a casual conversation at a chance meeting, she was always engaging, informative and gracious - someone I was always glad to run into. May your sadness and loss be softened by warm memories that will endure and inspire.
Bernard Kavaler
Acquaintance
July 25, 2020
Jill will always be remembered by me as a sister rather than as an in-law the way she fitted int the large Barrett family and made me feel welcome in her extetended family. A loving, active and personality with a positive attitude to everyone she met and everying she did. I will miss her greatly but remember her with love.
Beth
Family
July 25, 2020
Jill's smile would light up any room she entered...it was a hint to the personality that carried her through life with a positive outlook and energy to spare. That energy has dispersed now...but she will remain in our hearts along with all the fond memories of years gone by. She was a keeper of friendships.
Toni Czekanski
Friend
July 25, 2020
She was my dear friend. We shared our feelings with one another over many years. I will always miss her.

Among the best times my late husband David and I had were the many evenings we spent with Jill and David at the Hartford Stage.

Maggie and Bobby send their deepest sympathy. Bobby tried to make the drive from New York City to be at the July 26 prayer service, but there were no cars available. David, you and Jill are always in our hearts. Love from the Sherwoods.
Sharon Fagan Sherwood
Friend
July 25, 2020
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Annelieke Schauer
July 24, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of your loss of Jill. I grew up down the street from the Perreaults and graduated from high school with Jill. Jill captained our cheer squad her senior year and I have many fond memories of practice sessions. Jill also had a prominent roll in our Senior Musical. She would pick me up in her car for our many rehearsals. Conversation all the way and all the way home. I always remember Jill and her very stylish clothes and gorgeous hair with all those red highlights. She was a standout woman who will surely be missed. May all the memories you all have of her comfort you as you mourn and celebrate her life.
Kay (Phaneuf) McLean - DHS Class of '67
Friend
July 24, 2020
We graduated together at Merrimack College in 1971. Visited at the family home in Dracut many times . . . bridal lunch, Crane's beach trips with friends and shared some unique and humorous experiences. Our various road trips made for memorable times shared. Rest, my old friend, and may you find peace at last.

Gayle Lucas Plouffe
Gayle Plouffe
Friend
July 24, 2020
Hi,
I shared Jill's obituary to some property owners that Jill worked with diligently in East Montpelier, VT. I though I would share what Janice Degoosh had to say below:

"Thank you sharing this.
Jill was a wonderful lady,
I enjoyed working with her during the
Rt2/Rt14S Bridge project.
So sad, my condolences to her family.
Janice DeGoosh
E Montpelier "

Also, my condolences as well. I got to know Jill when I was the project manager on the Checkered House Truss bridge in Richmond, VT about 8 years ago. She was a PIO on several of my projects and I truly appreciated all her help with every project. She was a great woman.
Carolyn Cota, VTrans
Carolyn Cota
Coworker
July 24, 2020
David, please accept my sympathy on Jills passing.She was a great asset to HPD when she worked there.Jill never got excited and always had that great smile.May she Rest In Peace.
Bernie Sullivan, Chief HPD Ret,
Coworker
July 24, 2020
I have such warm memories of Jill. Even just meeting on the train from DC was always a delight. She made the world better. My condolences to all her family members.
James Hanley
Friend
July 24, 2020
My condolences to Jill's family.I graduated from HS with her and we had a lot of fun together. May her memory be eternal.
Sheila Neofotistos Graham
Friend
July 24, 2020
Jill was a pleasure to work with at Transportation Research Board meetings.
david kuehn
Acquaintance
July 24, 2020
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July 24, 2020
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James McCarthy
July 23, 2020
David, I was stunned and saddened to read of Jill's unexpected death. She was a good and very long-time friend, as well as a fellow traveler on the 20-year Farmington Avenue trail. Please accept my condolences and stay well. Toni
Toni Gold
July 23, 2020
David, my deepest condolences. I was shocked to read about Jill in the paper this morning. Best wishes and my deepest love.
Toni Gold
July 23, 2020
David, I am so sorry to learn of Jill's death. I admired her many contributions to making life in Hartford better for all of us as well as our West End porch visits. Sending sympathy to your family. Betty Anne
Betty Anne Cox
Friend
July 23, 2020
Jill and I were classmates at Dracula High School, class of 1967.

Our special memories help us cope. Remembering her and her loved ones and offering my deepest condolences.
Judy Northrup Andrews
Classmate
July 23, 2020
David, I'm so sorry to learn of Jill's death. I admired her many contributions to make life better for all of us in Hartford and always enjoyed our West End porch visits. Sending sympathy to your family along with many fond memories of Jill. Betty Anne
Betty Anne Cox
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