Maurice Marshall Barrett

September 6, 1934January 3, 2021
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Maurice M. Barrett 86, a lifelong resident of Keene, NH, passed away on January 3, 2021 at the Keene Center Genesis, Court Street, Keene, following a brief illness.

His parents, Paul M. and Lillian (Keyes) Barrett, welcomed their son into the world on September 6, 1934 in Keene, NH. He was a graduate of Keene High School and attended the University of NH where he completed courses in tax collecting.

Early in his work career, Maurice was an administrative assistant at the former Geilenburg and Sons Woven Labels in Marlborough, NH. He later worked for thirty-one years as tax collector with the City of Keene. During his tenure as tax collector, Maurice was president of the NH Tax Collectors Association and served on legislative committees working to update tax laws and procedures for the State of New Hampshire.

Upon retirement, Maurice served as a Selectman for the City of Keene and was active as a voter polling place volunteer. He was a former member of the Keene Lions Club and served as treasurer for the Keene Senior Center. He was the head deacon for the United Church of Christ in Keene and served on its finance committee and worked as the church's auditor.

Later he attended the Community Churches of Chesham and Harrisville, and served as their treasurer for many years. While active at the church, Maurice served as an active member of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Maurice loved going to antique car shows and working in his yard. He also enjoyed traveling including traveling to England. Family meant the world to Maurice, especially the special times he spent reading to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by many in our community, especially by his wife of sixty-five years, Ruth A. (Garland) Barrett of Keene; his children, Jane M. Harper and her husband, Gary of Londonderry, NH, Timothy M. Barrett of Amherst, NH, Judy Laplante of Manchester, NH; his beloved grandchildren, Melissa Surprenant and her husband, Chris, Sara Harper, Christian Barrett, Johnathan Hanscome, Emily Sullivan and her husband Kyle, Paul Laplante; and the "twinkles of his eye", great-grandchildren, Annabelle Hanscome, Melanie Manchester, Lucy Hanscome; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Maurice was predeceased by a sister, Lucille Towne, and a brother-in-law, Maurice Towne.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Those is attendance are required to wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements. A graveside service will be held in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Barrett’s memory to Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564.


  • Ruth A. (Garland) Barrett, Wife
  • Jane M. Harper (Gary), Daughter
  • Timothy M. Barrett, Son
  • Judy Laplante, Daughter
  • Melissa Surprenant (Chris), Granddaughter
  • Sara Harper, Granddaughter
  • Christian Barrett, Grandson
  • Johnathan Hanscome, Grandson
  • Emily Sullivan (Kyle), Granddaughter
  • Paul Laplante, Grandson
  • Annabelle Hanscome, Great Granddaughter
  • Melanie Manchester, Great Granddaughter
  • Lucy Hanscome, Great Granddaughter
  • Lucille Towne, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Maurice Towne, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Lillian (Keyes) Barrett, Mother (deceased)
  • Paul M. Barrett, Father (deceased)



  • Visitation and Celebration of Life

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


  • A graveside services will be held in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene, at a date and time to be announced.


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Emily Hanscome Sullivan

January 16, 2021

I am deeply saddened to lose my dearest grandfather. He was so amazing for allowing my grandmother Ruth Barrett to be my daycare (and my brother Johns) so our parents could work. His home was far from a daycare. I learned so much from both of my grandparents.

Gramps taught me lots about history, antiques, and important life lessons. I will admit he also showed me a fun side that made the giggles roll right out. He was our tickle monster, our family leader and a truly wonderful man.

I view my Gramps differently than everyone else as he made sure his relationship with each person was special and unique. To me he was a my Grand Dad. My Gramps but also a second father figure.

I don't like to speak of him in the past tense, he still is. Still in my heart, my memories and all around all of us.

Gram (Ruth) you are still married to him. He is still by your side in spirit. As your husband.

My daughters Annabelle Hanscome and Melanie Manchester will truly miss you. I will always be sad they didn't get the time with you that I had. My soon to be born, baby boy, didnt get to meet you, but I will always spread your history and our memories down through our family to come.

I love you Gramps! Until we meet again.

Melissa Surprenant

January 16, 2021

Grandpa I miss you so much. I will always cherish our time together. I will remember all the laughs and smiles. I will always remember our weekends when I was in college. Those where always fun and ment a lot to me. I will make sure to keep in touch with Nana and help her as much as I can. I love you Grandpa and I always will.

Alison and Mike Welsh

January 16, 2021

Ruth and family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Maurice's passing. You have both been the best neighbors who patiently put up with violin playing, calling the dog and attending violin recitals at our house. You are so quick to remember birthdays and anniversaries for our family that we often overlook. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and patience. We were blessed to have such wonderful neighbors. We will always be here and available for Ruth. We are truly saddened by this tremendous loss.
Alison, Mike, Will, Emma and Ben Welsh

Linda Stavely

January 16, 2021

Ruth and family my prayers are with you.

Linda Stavely

Ruth Barrett

January 15, 2021

Maurice and I were married for almost 66 years. He was always the most caring and loving person I had ever known. We did traveling to England, Scotland and Wales. the state of Washington, California and Nova Scocia .

Our family and our children, grand children and greatgrand children are very precious to both of us. We were always welcoming all members of our family with open arms. also friends and neighbors.

I miss him terribly and will always love him with all my heart and soul.

Bless you my love until we meet again.

Christian Barrett

January 14, 2021

One of the things I'll always remember about Grandpa is the way he would get excited about something. He was usually a calm, steady presence, but now and then he'd light up and point out something he thought was interesting, or tell a fun tale. I also remember him being willing to learn in a way that few are, setting aside ego to focus on learning what he needed to know. We could use more people with these attributes.

As my grandfather, he was always patient, kind, and willing to listen. Which is really quite remarkable, given how much of a blabbermouth I was as a kid. I'll always remember the sound of his laugh - it was quite distinctive.

I'm lucky to have known him, and he'll live on in our memories.

Timothy Barrett

January 14, 2021

The death of my father triggered a lot of memories and reflections on those memories. My dad readily helped people that he could, never made derogatory comments about the people of various races and religions that he worked with, and worked hard, often placing our families needs and wants above his own. I remember him offering our yard to a family without a campsite for the night, digging into the cash he was saving to buy some top of the line sneakers for me. I also heard of him helping care for a wheel chair bond person every day just because they needed a hand. Upon reflection, his example helped me tremendously in my career working with people from around the world. I only hope that I can obtain his level of caring in greatness one day.

Karen Sielke

January 12, 2021

So sorry to hear about Maurice, Ruth. He was quite the tax collector and a good , happy man. He will be missed.
I feel proud to have known him.
My heart goes out to you and your family.

Tina Fletcher

January 11, 2021

I didn't know Maurice well but had the pleasure of serving with him on the local association for the United Church of Christ. I enjoyed working with him in this capacity and it was a pleasure to get to know him. Always smiling and genuinely nice to everyone. And he talked about his family often!