OBITUARY

Donald C. Barrett

April 27, 1935November 28, 2019
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Donald C. Barrett, age 84, of North Canton, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

He was born April 27, 1935 in Cranford, New Jersey to the late Harriet (Todd) and Robert Wilson Barrett. Don was a graduate of Mount Lebanon (PA) High School, and Mount Union College, Class of 1958. He was a US Army veteran; worked as an executive for NE Ohio Boy Scouts, and later as a funeral director for Karlo & Sons Funeral Home.

Don was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, North Canton, and was active in the Boy Scouts, Stark County Civil War Roundtable, Audubon Society, The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane (Mackey) Barrett, of the home; children, David A. Barrett of Winthrop, Maine, Susan Barrett of Boston, Massachusetts, and Catherine “Kate” Barrett of North Canton; brother, Dr. Robert T. Barrett of Fair Oaks, California; sister-in-law, Carolyn Mackey of Tallmadge; eight nieces and nephews; and sixteen great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Edward J. and Mary C. Mackey; brothers-in-law, Robert C. Koch and James E. Mackey; and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Cameron Barrett and Ann L. Koch.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Karlo-Libby Funeral Home. Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00am – 12:00pm, one hour before services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2301 13th Street NW, Canton, OH 44708-3157, or The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave SW, Wilmot, OH 44689.

Services

7 December

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Karlo-Libby Funeral Home

5000 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, Ohio 44718

7 December

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

Karlo-Libby Funeral Home

5000 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, Ohio 44718

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JOHN HUCKESTEIN

December 2, 2019

To the immediate family of Donald C. Barrett; I owe his entire family that resided at 10 hemlock street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania so much when we were neighbors and Don had such a profound influence in my early, formative years. I consider myself fortuitous in living next Don.

I want the immediate family to know Donald was loved, respected, admired, and well known throughout the lifetime of associations where he worked and was a phenomenal mentor for those that were under his auspices. He was honest and methodical. His reputation has remained throughout his stellar career untarnished, unsullied, and radiant for all eternity.

No one here can negate the family’s mental, spiritual and physical anguish that they have and will undergo. In the coming moments in time a voice, a date, a song, a fragrance, a TV show, a joke, a phrase, a holiday, a birthday will bring back a flood of memories. That is what I refer to as an endorphin of loss like a runner's high. Embrace it and accept it as a link to Don and the comforting and soothing effects it may possibly have.

In closing I feel this short passage by Henry Van Dyke is appropriate entitled "Gone From My Sight"

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There she is gone!"
"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and haul and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!"

And that is dying.

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