Peabody, MA — Paul F. Barrett, son of the late Albert and Lillian (Ross) Barrett, entered into rest on Tuesday, October 22, following a lengthy illness. Paul was the husband of his late and beloved wife Priscilla (Burt) Barrett. He leaves five sons and their wives, Steve and Jane of Endwell, N.Y., Jeffrey and Lisa of Lynnfield, Brian and Amy, Kevin and Beth, and Matthew and Erica, all of Peabody; along with his 17 grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Geraldine Pearson of Peabody; his two brothers and their wives, Robert and Maureen Barrett of Lynnfield, and Charles and Marion of Palm Bay, Fla. Additionally, he leaves his sisters-in-law, Cathy Barrett of Lynn and Peggy Barrett of Clearwater, Fla.; his beloved aunt, Magdalene Ross of Saugus; and many nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his brothers, Albert, Daniel and John.
Mr. Barrett was educated in the Lynn Public Schools and was a 1956 graduate of Lynn Classical High School. He earned a BSE degree from Salem State College and a graduate degree from Boston College.
For 20 years, Paul was an English instructor at Cobbett Junior High School and then at Lynn Classical until his retirement in 1999, culminating 38 years of service. He was a class advisor at Classical for 10 years and taught English to foreign-born citizens for 10 years.
Paul served on the Peabody City Council from 1976 to 1989 as councilor of Ward One and then as councilor-at-large. He served as Peabody’s acting mayor between the administrations of Nicholas Mavroules and Peter Torigian. As councilor, he served primarily as Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee. Following his council service, he served briefly as a member of Peabody’s Planning Board. His most recent involvement was tending a flower garden at the West Branch Library, as part of the Peabody Beautification Project. The garden serves as a memorial to his wife, Priscilla, who received several awards for educational gardens and for whom an annual award is given in her name.
Paul’s interests included attending his grandchildren's sporting events, travels with his wife, gardening and amateur cooking. He especially enjoyed his family and following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Donations may be made in his name to the Pride in Peabody Adopt an Island Program, c/o Mary Bellevance, Office of the Mayor, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA. For directions and online obituary, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.