Edward J. Barrett, Sr.

November 28, 2005

Edward J. Barrett, Sr.

EDWARD J. BARRETT, SR. – of Woburn and Hampton Beach, November 28th. Beloved husband of Marilyn T. (Leonard) Barrett. Devoted father of Mark E., Edward J. “Ted” Jr. and his wife Lilla, and Barbara L. Barrett, Jackie L. Kirwin and her husband Bob, Michelle E. Arsenault and her husband Tom, and Jerry M. Barrett, all of Woburn. Dear brother of Irene M. Sieberg and her husband Ken of Arlington and the late Michael Barrett. Loving grandfather of Matthew, Erin, Jacqui and Christian Barrett, Edward J. “Teddy” III and Emma Barrett, Jessica and Nicole Kirwin, and Tommy and Mike Joe Arsenault. Beloved uncle of Christine, Elisabeth, and Kathryn Sieberg of Arlington and many other nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 3rd, at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in High Street Cemetery, Hampton, NH. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Woburn Babe Ruth League, Inc., 37 Elijah Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Edward J. Barrett, Sr. of Woburn and Hampton Beach passed away at Winchester Hospital early Monday, November 28th, after a long illness. The husband of Marilyn T. (Leonard) Barrett, he was seventy-four years of age.

Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Michael and Irene M. (Dunn) Barrett. He grew up in Medford and graduated from Bentley College with honors with a degree in accounting.

As a teenager he worked at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden, where he was able to incorporate his work ethic with his love of sports. As a young adult he participated as a pitcher in the men’s fast pitch softball league where he quickly acquired the nickname Ed “Fireball??? Barrett. From there he went on to be involved as a coach in Woburn Babe Ruth for over 20 years. That organization always remained close to his heart.

He was employed by Microwave Associates, which later became known as MA/COM, for over 40 years as a Manager in the Accounting Department and as Treasurer of the company’s Credit Union. He was highly regarded by his co-workers, developing numerous lifelong friendships. His financial expertise led him to the Woburn Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union, with which he was associated for many years. Ed was also self-employed as an accountant, preparing tax returns for his clients.

His passions in life were his family, his church, and music. Throughout his life he did everything with his family, and he avidly followed the sporting activities and accomplishments of his children and later his grandchildren. Attending the activities of his grandchildren brought him so much happiness and joy. He found great pleasure in sharing long talks with his sister and her husband and he was also extremely proud of the accomplishments of his three nieces. He liked nothing more than going out to dinner with his family followed by a little dancing or a comedy show.

He and his wife Marilyn regularly attended the Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston in earlier years, and often went to services at other parishes in the Boston area. Ed was also a religious education teacher for many years.

It was his love of music that led him to his wife Marilyn, with whom he recently celebrated fifty-one years of marriage, as she was a professional singer in earlier years. He took great pleasure in listening to her sing, and before you knew it he was singing along with her.

Ed and his family spent a great deal of time at their home in Hampton, New Hampshire, where he had a host of friends. He encouraged visitors and loved to share special meals with his guests. He also enjoyed taking family trips over the years, his favorite being Hawaii.

He will most be remembered as a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He spent his entire life working hard for the benefit of loved ones while taking little for himself.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Barrett, with whom he shared a deep mutual love and respect.

Surviving in addition to his wife Marilyn are six children, Mark E., Edward J. “Ted” Jr. and his wife Lilla, and Barbara L. Barrett, Jackie L. Kirwin and her husband Bob, Michelle E. Arsenault and her husband Tom, and Jerry M. Barrett, all of Woburn, a sister, Irene M. Sieberg and her husband Ken of Arlington, and ten grandchildren, Matthew, Erin, Jacqui and Christian Barrett, Edward J. “Teddy” III and Emma Barrett, Jessica and Nicole Kirwin, and Tommy and Mike Joe Arsenault.

He was also the devoted uncle of Christine, Elisabeth, and Kathryn Sieberg of Arlington and many other nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 3rd, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in the Hampton Cemetery, High Street, Hampton, New Hampshire.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Woburn Babe Ruth League, Inc., 37 Elijah Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Dad:

    Six years ago today, I thought the world ended, but it was just a new beginning. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t ask myself, “What would Dad do?” You have always been my greatest teacher. I continue to learn something new from you everyday. You will live forever, as long as I’m alive…as will Grandaddy. When I was 15yrs old — “Hey Mike, tell Teddie about the ball you hit in Lowell.” – “I can’t Irene. It hasn’t landed yet.” Love to each of you, 1-7 Dad, Teddie

  2. She did it Papa…but you already know that! 1-7

    Jacqui Barrett uncorked a beauty — 50 feet, 8.25 inches — to capture a national title at the NCAA Division 2 Track & Field Championship

  3. Jackie, Robert, & family
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Andy and Paula Hamel

  4. To the Barrett family from Carol Agrella, I am truly sorry to hear about Ed passing away. I worked with Ed for many years at M/A-COM and he was liked by everyone that knew him. He was very kind and had great stories. I know he will be truly missed, he was missed when he left M/A-COM. My prayers are with all of you.

  5. To the entire Barrett Family, From Mary Maynard, Your Dad will truly be missed. He always had great stories and you could listen to him forever. Even if you didn’t have the time he made sure you could make the time. I remember working with your Dad at M/A-COM he was a GREAT GUY and always full of life. He was so knowledgeable. I remember working with some of Ed’s family members too. I just would like to say he will be in my prayers and thoughts. But I will tell you all like I tell everyone who loses a loved one “Keep him in your thoughts, prayers, and in your hearts no one can ever take that from you.” I will miss all the great stories he shared with all of us. God Bless you all and you are all in my prayers also.

  6. Dear Jackie and Family,
    Roger and I are sorry to hear of your loss. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  7. Fran Ventola
    Marilyn and all the family I wish to extend my sympathy. I was thinking of Eddie the other day, it must have been Monday, but I never did get to call. I know we will all miss him and the memories of the good times we had together. Love, Frannie

  8. Tom & Terry
    Marilyn & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss , our thoughts and prayers are with you all . May God bless you all.

  9. Jackie and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.Let all your happy memories of him guide you through this sad time.
    Jackie stay strong and happy
    for your family. Please stay in touch.

    Love you,
    Lori & John Maynard
    (Call)
    110 Kenwood drive
    New Britain’ Ct 06052

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