in The Middletown Press on May 28, 2012
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
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
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,
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
Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Hallett
Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.
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