John W. Barrett

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John W. Barrett, 54, of Merrimack, NH, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, March 5, 2017 surrounded by family at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston, MA.

He was born in Quincy, MA on October 11, 1962, a son of Arthur A. Barrett Jr. and Margaret M. (Walsh) Barrett.

John was a graduate of North Quincy High School and Anna Maria College.

He was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard who retired honorably after twenty-two years of service from 1982 - 2004. He was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and received many medals and honors. Following his retirement from the Army, he was employed at the FAA Center in Nashua as a National Airspace System Area Specialist in the Service Operations Center at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center. He was also a season-ticket holder and number one fan of the New England Patriots, and was known as "The Tailgator."

He has been a resident of Merrimack since 1989 and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church.

John was a man of integrity who loved life. He was always happy and will be remembered for having the biggest smile. He was thoughtful, kind, caring, generous, hilarious, dependable, supportive, and all around amazing. His sense of humor brightened our lives. John loved spending time with his wife and kids, tailgating, grilling out, watching sports, dancing, playing his harmonica, listening to his record collection, walking the dogs, watching scary movies, speaking his mind, throwing a football around, playing trackball, taking care of his house and yard, decorating for the holidays, feeding and watching the birds in his backyard, setting off fireworks, telling jokes, sharing stories about his memories in Quincy, and so much more. Growing up, he was a very kind kid. John made everybody laugh and helped others whenever he could. Throughout his life, he put a smile on the face of every person he met. He told the best stories and had the ability to make everything better with his sense of humor. He put everyone at ease. He was a positive influence in his children's lives, as well as in the lives of his nieces, nephews, and his children's friends. He loved his neighborhood and all of his neighbors. John was always a hard-worker - he never missed a day of work. He really enjoyed his job and the people there who soon became his family, as well.

John's personality was larger-than-life. He valued everyone he met, and treasured people for their unique gifts. John will be greatly missed. We were all blessed to have had him in our lives. He truly was a good person and a great man.

Members of his family include his wife of thirty years, Rita (McCann) Barrett of Merrimack, and their three children, Jennifer, John Jr., and Alexa Barrett; siblings Arthur, Kenneth, Michael, Cris, Sheila, and Andrew; step-mother Judy Barrett; father-in-law George McCann and mother-in-law Mary McCann; sisters-in-law Kathleen, Maureen, Michelle, Annemarie, Deborah, Claire, and Gail; brothers-in-law Thomas, Brian, Phillip, and Joe; nephews and nieces Mathew, James, Geoffrey, Timothy, Cory, Megan, Shaun, Ryan, Drew, Joseph, Joseph Weeks, Michael, Elise, Phillip, Thomas, Robert, Joshua, Kasey, Erin, Kerri, and Olivia; close family friends Rodney DeKleuver and Jordanna Carroll, and many more loving friends and relatives.

Calling hours will be held in the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH on Sunday March 12, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 16 Baboosic Lake Rd, Merrimack on Monday at 9:30 am. Burial will be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH on Monday at 1:00 pm. For more information or to sign an online guest book, please go to


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Published in Union Leader on Mar. 9, 2017
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