2012-12-06 / Obituaries

Kevin Barrett

November 27, 2012


Kevin Barrett Kevin Barrett Kevin B. Barrett, 56, of Asylum Township, PA, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

He was born Dec. 27, 1955. the son of Patrick J. Barrett, Jr. and Helen Elizabeth Barrett. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1973 and joined his father in the family farm.

In 1982, he married Catherine Mattocks of Towanda. Together they had two wonderful daughters, Samantha who is a congressional staffer, and Abigail who is a teacher. Both daughters had their wedding receptions at the farm.

Kevin was a dairy farmer, a township supervisor and served on many civic and agricultural organizations.

He is survived by his wife Catherine and their daughters and their husbands, Samantha and John McDonald of Cheverly, MD and Abigail and John Fitzpatrick of Scranton.

Kevin is also survived by his mother, Helen Elizabeth Barrett; his brothers and their wives, Patrick, III and Diane Barrett of Canton, Daniel and Janice Barrett of Athens, and his sister and her husband, Jennifer and Lawrence Gallagher of Scranton and their families.

He is also survived by his wife’s parents, Joseph and Joanne Mattocks of Towanda, and their children, Debbie Ferguson, Joel Mattocks, Jeff Mattocks, Jodie Grimes and their families.

Kevin enjoyed his work as a farmer, especially the many years he farmed with his late father, Patrick J. Barrett, Jr.

He served on a number of cooperative agriculture groups, including the Dairy Farmers of America, Eastern Milk Producer Board, Bradford County Conservation Extension and Agway Board.

He was elected to serve on the board of supervisors of Asylum Township for the past 23 years and served as chairman.

In 2005, he was elected to the board of directors of the Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative and was very active in the organization. He also served with distinction on the following boards: Wellsboro Electric Board, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (where he was recently elected as chairman) and Federated Insurance Board.

He was very involved in dealing with natural gas development, as a township supervisor and landowner. Specifically, he also handled natural gas development as president for the Green Hills Farm in Liberty Corners, which holds the land of his mother’s extended Beirne family.

Kevin’s charm and sincerity won him friends in all facets of his life. He was a willing volunteer in many civic activities and was frequently selected for leadership roles.

He was a very active member in the Towanda Lions Club for 25 years. He also served on the Towanda Area Education Foundation Board.

Kevin found particular delight in his favorite pastime, which was hunting. He regularly hosted friends and family on the farm to hunt.

Benny, his family’s beloved Brittany Spaniel, was his companion for all but the most formal activities.

Kevin had many interests. Throughout his life he continued his education with many courses directed at his work and other interests, which included everything from piloting to pesticides to the Penn State course for cooperative directors.

He enjoyed opportunities to travel and visited Poland, Argentina, Alaska and other places. In recent years, he made business trips to many parts of the country.

The family received friends at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral was where he worshipped all his life, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, on Monday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

Interment followed in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda.

In his youth, Kevin was very active in the 4-H programs for rural youth, as a member and adult volunteer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Bradford County 4-H, 200 Main St., Suite 3, Towanda, PA 18848 in Kevin’s memory. Memories and condolences may be expressed and shared by visiting the following: www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.

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