Ronald Barretto

August 5, 1948December 30, 2018

BARRETTO, Ron passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Seminole, Florida.

He was born August 5,1948 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the US Air Force in Vietnam. He then worked for the Illinois Air National Guard, and later Northern Illinois Gas in Princeton, Illinois. He also served as a volunteer fireman in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

He and his wife, Paulette,moved to Seminole, Florida in 1982, where he opened a mobile brake repair business. He next worked for the St. Petersburg Times until retirement. He worked as a volunteer every spring at the Sun ‘n Fun Festival in Lakeland, Florida, up to and including last year.

Ron will be remembered as a deeply caring man who never hesitated to help those in need. His love and compassion will continue to live on by all of those who loved him.

He is preceded in death, and will be joining, his beloved son, John Anthony.

He is survivedby his wife of forty-five years, Paulette Augustine Barretto; his son, Michael, daughter-in- law, Renee Billa Barretto; two grandchildren, Mara andAnthony; and his brother, Richard Barretto of Carmel, Indiana.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 am Saturday, January , 2019 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo, FL 33774. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Cancer Research Institute,

Arrangements were held under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home 7950 131st St., N. Seminole, FL 33776\(727) 391-0121


  • Paulette Barretto, Wife
  • Michael Barretto, Son


  • Graveside with Military Honors Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Connie Cuebas

January 26, 2019

Ron was always fun to have at choir practice. He joked around before singing, but was serious about the music. He was always so happy. I can't conceive his suffering during his illness. I am thankful that I met him and shared with him music for the Lord.

Caz Zie

January 4, 2019

Ron was one of those amazingly rare people who genuinely found some good in everyone. He was a kind and forgiving man who subtly set the pace with his calm demeanor and humble nature. If there was conflict he was no doubt a force to be reckoned with, but while working with him in aviation over the last 20 years I can honestly say; he always stayed cool under pressure and calmed the storms around him. His sense of humor and quick wit was an asset to all. He taught me many valuable lessons. My heart goes out to his family. Losing him at all is a tremendous loss, but losing him now and in this way is a crushing blow. Knowing he was at peace with God during his turmoil and resting in peace now is the saving grace.

Ron and Dawn Krauss

January 3, 2019

Paulette, Michael and family,

You have lost a wonderful man who always had a beautiful smile and kind words for everyone. He will be missed greatly by many. Please know we are here for you, and we have you in our hearts and prayers. With our deepest sympathy.

Ron and Dawn