William Thomas Barrett passed away peacefully on November 24th, surrounded by his cherished family. He was born on January 14, 1933 in Hartford, CT the son of William B. and Katherine (McMahon) Barrett. He grew up in East Hartford and attended East Hartford High School, followed by Providence College. Bill lived an active life and loved playing sports. Starting with high school track, basketball and football and college basketball, he continued playing in various adult softball leagues throughout his life and even participated in the Senior Olympics. Bill also shared an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. He and Alice Barrett successfully ran the Cut and Curl Hair Salon in numerous locations for over twenty-five years. He loved building his business and took pride in his shops. Bill’s passion for teaching was evident to all, especially students and staff at Parish Hill, where he supported students for over twenty years. Bill was the proud father of nine children, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather to the following, who will miss him dearly: Mary and David Lucius and their children, Alex Kent, her husband Tyler and their children Finlay and Soren, and Colin Lucius and his girlfriend Katelyn; Anne and Anthony Barone and their children, Kristen Bickerstaff and her husband Jason, Anthony Barone and his fiancée Reagan, and Kelly Barone; beloved son William Barrett; Shaun and Sue Barrett and their children Shaun Barrett, Jr., Shannon Barrett and her fiancée Jake, Shaleen Barrett, and Shaylyn Barrett; Alice and Allen House and their children, Brian House and his wife Sarah and their son Charlie, and Matthew House and his wife Angela; James Barrett and his children, Thomas Barrett and Lauren Barrett; Katherine and Earl Lappen and their children, Nicholas Lappen and his fiancée Carlie, John Lappen, Michael Lappen, and Kyle Lappen; Susan Barrett and her daughter, Brenna Kawa and her husband Frank and their daughter Brooke; Theresa Barrett and her children Caitrin Sebastian and Christopher Dubois.
He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Switalski and her husband Joe, and Katherine Mastrangelo and her husband Bill; his brother-in-law Robert Binette; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) at macc-ct.org/donate-now/. Family and friend may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home 219 West Center St. Manchester on Tuesday November 26th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass and burial will be private. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuenralhome.com.
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