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Gilbert Raouf Barakat

August 3, 1948May 18, 2020

On May 18, 2020, Gilbert R. Barakat, loving husband and father of 5, passed away at the age of 71. Gil was born in Heliopolis, Egypt, became a naturalize US citizen in 1971 and is a Vietnam era Veteran. He retired to Clayton, NC in 2013. Spurred by his passion for music, Gil earned his teaching degrees in Colorado and in Massachusetts where he taught music for over 30 years. His early habit of always having his guitar slung on his back never really mellowed with time. His easy strumming style and infectious smile graced our families’ gatherings with music over decades. Gil, beloved husband, of Barb Barakat, was a kind and compassionate spirit. A wake will be held on Friday, June 5th at McLaurin Funeral Home from 1-6 pm. A family – only Mass will follow on Saturday at St. Ann Church, Smithfield. Charitable contributions in his name at St Ann’s Church, Smithfield, Wounded Warriors Project, or Freedom Service Dogs of America.


  • James Barakat, Son
  • Anthony Barakat, Son
  • Angela Barakat, Daughter
  • Nicholas Barakat, Son
  • Theresa Barakat, Daughter
  • Eli Barakat, Grandchild
  • Andre Barakat, Grandchild
  • Alana Gunsalus, Grandchild
  • Colette Gunsalus, Grandchild
  • Jordan Marsch, Grandchild
  • Georgelina Marsch-Baechle, Great Grandchild
  • Elie Barakat, Parent (deceased)
  • HIlda Barakat, Parent (deceased)

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Joyce IzzoBonaccorso

June 5, 2020

Gillo was my good friend since we were about 13 years old. Although he is physically gone he will always be with me and the Avery Avenue crowd. He is truly loved and will be sorely missed. God Bless him and keep him and his beautiful family in His embrace. You can see the love he had for his wife Barbara and his family in his eyes. Be well Barbara and family. Love you Gillo. Until we all meet again...

Faye Melton

June 4, 2020

I met Gil Barakat on the phone when calling my childhood pal Barb over the few decades. Gil's was a generous and friendly voice. Barbara spoke of her life with Gil, their children, their careers and their move to North Carolina with modest pride and secure happiness. Now, I'm thrilled reading of him in other people's notes. I hope Barb will soon get around well and be able to tell me of her memories and her future. May they all be blessed.

Faye Melton
Los Angeles

Michael Barakat

June 3, 2020

A musician of sensitivity, beauty, and diverse acclaim; a steadfast husband, an eldest brother, a father of children who serve humanity and whose spirits are good and earnest, a grandfather to their loving children – a teacher. What else could a man possibly want to be written about him and the way he lived his life? He was so much to so many. I am proud that he’s my Uncle Gil. His is a legacy in whose shadow I am honored to be cast and a guide whose compass always pointed true. His elegant simplicity and devotion to authenticity were his humbling trademarks to which I aspire. He said what he meant, he meant what he said, and no one ever had to ask if he meant them harm. My uncle was a teacher of music, an outstanding teacher of music according to the tributes of his students. He taught me to play sax in the backyard and (as so many of his students have written) he used music to teach humanity, love for our fellow men, and plain decency. Uncle Gil, as a man who knew you all my life, I have been blessed, enriched, and inspired by you. Thank you. May God bless and keep you until we sing together again. Love Mike.

Lauren Richardi

June 2, 2020

When I moved to Carver, MA, I met Mr. Barakat when I was in 1st grade. At the time, I used to always look forward to seeing him in my classroom. He taught me songs that I never heard before and he put a smile on my face. The songs I remember from him are “Round and Round the Seasons Go”, “Turkey Trot” “Let’s Sing a Song of Joy and Praise”, “Please Christopher Columbus” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Boxer”. He even introduced me to a song “This Land is Your Land”. After learning his Turkey Trot song, I apparently taught the song for Thanksgiving at the home daycare I used to work at, and the kids loved it! I also enjoyed him as a conductor of the Elementary School band in the Winter/Spring Concerts. I also remember he used to dress up at The Cat in the Hat for Dr. Seuss’ birthday every year! And how can I forget singing ‘It’s a Small World After All” and play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with the xylophone with him. He was such a nice and gentle and humorous man and had such a way with children. I will always remember and love him. RIP Mr. Barakat.


May 31, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Gil and his brother in Flushing, Queens, Avery Avenue. What a beautiful down to earth human being he was and his whole outlook was making music. I am so proud to call him my friend and have held many beautiful memories, we shared on Avery Ave..We did not see each other for 50+years but we were blessed we finally united with him and meet his beautiful wife Barb in 2019. What an awesome time we had then. We stayed connected and again saw each other in our weekly ZOOM gathering and shared his smile, laugh and beautiful music during those sessions but unknowing God was leaving us with the beautiful memories of a beautiful human being, our friend..GILBERT RAOUF BARAKAT.. to last us till we meet again...Love you my friend and may the heavens fill with your music and reach us here on earth every second of everyday.. My hubby Roy is with you and I am sure you guys are playing guitar no stop..

Jason Clarke

May 31, 2020

Mr. Barakat was my first music teacher. I can still remember him teaching us songs in class with his guitar, and trying to get us all together during band as we played Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time." My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Justin Schindler

May 26, 2020

Mr. Barakat was one of the most amazing teachers I ever learned from, and inspired me as a musician and student in immeasurable ways. He will be missed greatly by my family and myself, and my heart goes out to the Barakat family during this time.

Chris Cokinos

May 25, 2020

I'm saddened by the loss. Mr. Barakat was a great teacher and mentor. He loved his students and they loved him. Rest peacefully in the Lord's embrace.

Linda Harju

May 25, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Gil's passing. I taught with him many years in Carver. It was always a pleasure to watch him teaching his students. We all were very lucky to have known him.

Karen Damari

May 25, 2020

Gil was never a music teacher to me, but the work horse in Barb's garden... always willing to build something, throw mulch or harvest crops. That garden is mourning the loss of those caring hands. The birds' song is sadder, and the butterflies are weeping...as am I.


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