The Obit For Rollie Barrett

Rowland "Rollie" Barrett

Published in The Middletown Press on May 28, 2012

Rowland H. "Rollie" Barrett, 85, of Yarmouthport, Mass., died peacefully, after a six-year battle with cancer, Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband of Emilie (Moxon) Barrett for 55 years.

Born in Hartford, CT, Rollie was the son of the late Rowland M. and Lily (Bachman) Barrett.
A 1957 University of Hartford Art School Graduate, Rollie studied Fine Arts and went on to become a Graphic Artist working for various advertising agencies. He eventually owned his own graphic finishing business. Throughout his life, his love of art grew, as he continued to enjoy painting, glass blowing, and woodcarving. He also developed a beautiful art collection. In fact, you could always find a perfectly sharp pencil in Rollie's pocket ready to sketch.

Mr. Barrett enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II and served as an Aviation Radioman, flying an Avenger aircraft. He was stationed in Memphis, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman First Class in 1946.

Following his military service, Rollie continued his passion for flying and obtained his private pilot's license and flew for many years.

Rollie was a lover of baseball and played in the NY Giants farm system during the mid 1940's as a catcher in Springfield, Ohio. He was inducted into the Portland, Conn., Hall of Fame for his excellence in athletics throughout his lifetime.

Rollie had a deep love for Cape Cod. He built a cottage on Mary Road in North Eastham, Mass., that his family occupied and rented. He spent 25 years living on Cape Cod with his wife, enjoying kayaking, bird watching, and all that the Cape has to offer. His spiritual faith led him to become an active member of the Brewster Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling, venturing to Italy, Nova Scotia, and to Sanibel Island for Red Sox spring training.

Known for his creativity and creation of homemade gadgets, Rollie was a person that touched everyone he met. His innate ability to make friends out of strangers made him a unique individual you wouldn't soon forget. He had a gift that truly brought out the best in others, making it an honor to have known him. His positive energy, attitude and amazing spirit could be immediately felt without words. His love for Beetle Cat sailing, golf, and the Boston Red Sox will transcend the generations.
Until his last day, Rollie was ever thankful of the help and support from the Brewster Baptist Church, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Hospital and his dear friend, Hilda Haye.
Known as Rowland, Pops, Grandpa Barrett, Umpa, Ro, Popsicle, Rollie, Dad, Dumpa, Mr. Barrett, Raleigh, and the Miracle Man, he will be deeply missed but forever in our hearts…You Da Man!

In addition to his wife, Mr. Barrett is survived by two daughters Cynthia Barrett, and Leslie A. Moore and her husband, Gerald; three sons, Jon Barrett and his wife, Betsey, Dr. Rowland P. Barrett and his wife, Nancy, and Dr. Nels E. Barrett and his wife, Julianna; 12 grandchildren, Alyssa, Lydia, Sarah, Ethan, Jesse, Ryan, Alex, Eric, Nathaniel, Morgan, Dorothy, and David; and several great grand-children; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers Robert and Donald Barrett.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Brewster Baptist Church, 1848 Main St. (Rte. 6A), Brewster, Mass. Interment will be private.

Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.
www.hallettfuneralhome.com.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made, in Rollie's name, to the Barrett Family Research Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, attn: Patty Brent, 10 Brookline Place, West Brookline, MA 02445 or to VNA of Cape Cod, Hospice and Palliative Care, 434 Rt. 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660