November 14, 1924 – February 24, 2013
Eli Barnett, age 88 of Marblehead on Feb. 24th 2013. Born in Boston on November 14, 1924, Eli was the son of the late Samuel & Gittel Barnett.
Eli grew up in Mattapan; attended Boston Latin and graduated from Boston English High School. He briefly attended Northeastern University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Eli served in the European Campaign as a turret gunner/flight engineer with the 8th Air Force, 423rd Bomb Group. He flew 35 missions before being honorably discharged with the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Mr. Barnett went on to complete his education at Western State University in CO and graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After attaining his Master’s Degree from Boston State College; Eli worked with The Ruge-Deforest consulting group at MIT (later Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton) on the commercial implementation of the SR-4 strain gauge. Mr. Barnett later went on to be employed as a Senior Engineer at Avco and retired from Raytheon Corporation at age 70.
In 1957, Eli married the late Doris (Adelstein) and moved to Marblehead in 1962.
A 50-year resident of Marblehead, Eli was always active within the community. Mr. Barnett was a part-time Math/Science Tutor during the 1960’s. He was an active member of the former Temple Israel, Jewish Community Center and Marblehead Rotary Club. A familiar face around town, Eli enjoyed fishing and his afternoon “old soldier’s coffee club” at the local Dunkin Donuts.
Mr. Barnett was predeceased by his brothers Louis, Meyer & Allan. Mr. Barnett is survived by his daughter Jodie & his beloved grand-daughters Ashley & Tori Holzwasser. Eli is also survived by his sisters-in-law Evelyn & Lois Barnett; and many nieces & nephews.
Funeral services at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem on Tuesday (today), February 26, 2013 at 12 Noon. Interment at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Marblehead Rotary, Aviv Center in Peabody, JCCNS Senior Adult Club or the charity of one’s choice.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- Committal Service Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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March 12, 2013
To Eli Barnett's family: I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. Uncle Eli will be remembered fondly by the family of Stan and Cynthia Barnett. He and his brother Meyer were quite a pair when he was in Dayton for visits. I'm so glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. With love, Cynthia Barnett
March 9, 2013
I remember the Sunday morning rides into Hebew College Prozdor. He always wore a coat and tie! Thinking of you. Marilyn Schlein Kramer
February 26, 2013
Uncle Eli was a rare individual -- a true gentleman and scholar -- a kind, patient, generous and humble hero whose warm sense of humor and beautiful, bright blue eyes could bring light to even the darkest moments. He taught me to fish when I was a kid and helped me in innumerable ways during my college and grad school years in Boston. I especially loved his ability to come up with hilarious nicknames for people -- these were sometimes combined with Yiddish and often rhymed. My parents adored Uncle Eli, and my father would often comment on how incredibly dangerous the missions were that Uncle Eli completed during WWII. But Uncle Eli never boasted. His modesty and bravery were matched only by his profound kindness. Though his life on earth has ended, the impact he made upon those fortunate enough to know him is eternal.