Edward "Ned" James Barrett Sr.

June 24, 1936October 6, 2021

Edward (Ned) James Barrett, Sr., 85 of Naples Florida went peacefully to the Lord on October 6, 2021. Ned was born on June 24, 1936 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ned was the loving husband of Carole Fiorine Barrett and the son of the late James Edward and Margaret Holland Barrett.

Ned was a proud alumni of the University of Lowell where he received his undergraduate degree in education. Ned chaired the School of Education Advisory Board and helped to maintain the Margaret Holland Barrett Teaching Scholarship, which Ned’s father had begun in honor of Ned’s mother who was a proud graduate of the Normal School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University. Ned delighted in telling people that he and his mother were in the same graduating class. Ned also received a master’s degree in education at Salem State University and a master’s degree in business administration at Suffolk University.

After teaching in Massachusetts and California, Ned transformed his love of children and education into a passion for publishing educational materials. He held many positions in several different publishing companies retiring as a senior publishing executive of Pearson Education.

Ned loved the San Francisco Bay and boating on the Bay. He was a life member of the Golden Gate Yacht Club where he served as a flag officer and spent two years as Commodore. He enjoyed the thrill of the America’s Cup Races and cheering the team to victory on his beloved Bay.

Ned is survived by his wife Carole; his daughter Susan Barrett Weinswig and her husband Steven, and by his son Edward James Barrett, Jr. and his wife Vanessa. He is also survived by his five grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart: Edward III, Ben, Emma, Kathleen, and Grace. Ned was the middle child in his family and is survived by his older brothers James Barrett and Thomas Barrett and was predeceased by his younger siblings Ann Barrett Geary and Richard Barrett.

A Funeral Mass will be held in San Francisco where Ned will be interred, and a Mass will be held in Massachusetts to give family and friends on both coasts an opportunity to gather to celebrate Ned’s life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ned’s memory to the Margaret Holland Barrett Teaching Scholarship at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (see link below) or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Edward "Ned" James Barrett Sr.

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Leslie Iacopi

October 16, 2021

I am just heartbroken to learn of Ned's passing. I am so happy to have had the honor of knowing him for the past 17 years, and remember the fun times we all had, watching the America's Cup in Spain (2007) and then again in San Francisco. Ned was the reason I became involved on the Board of Golden Gate Yacht Club, and will miss him greatly.

Take comfort in all of the happy times spent together!

nancy j jones

October 10, 2021

Carole and family -
So sorry to hear Ned was called home . May
his love and spirit always sustain you.
God bless you all

Margaret McGowan

October 10, 2021

Carol and family ,so sorry to hear about Ned! Have many good memories of many chats with John and I and the two of you while the guys enjoyed some beers and us a glass of wine. Hamilton Beach is a very special place and Ned one of the reasons why!!

Dennis Barrett

October 9, 2021

Uncle Ned always fun to be around. I remeber him coming to visit when I was little. Rest in peace.

Michele Schiele

October 9, 2021

We had the absolute pleasure of going on vacation with Ned and his beautiful family. My fondest memory is of returning to our rental after a wonderful dinner and having a talent show. Ned was onboard with all the fun and turned into the judge of all the talent! He delighted in seeing all the kids and even some adults showing off their singing and dancing. His wife Carol even tap danced with her granddaughter. Ned was laughing, cheering and clapping away. His love for his family showed through that night, and in every day. Importantly he left a legacy of how to love and support loved ones in his children and grandchildren. We will always remember your lessons Ned. In peace, the Iannuccilli family