Jerry M. Barrett, 79, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Jerry M.  Barrett, 79, of Boon Street, Watertown, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, at his home.

Born Jan. 7, 1941, in Watertown, a son of Ralph K. and Frances Gilligan Barrett, he graduated in 1959 from General Brown High School.

A marriage to Virginia Voodre ended in divorce.

On April 30, 1971, he married Gloria Kline with Vivian Thomas, Justice of the Peace, officiating. Mrs. Barrett died Nov. 30, 2019.

After high school Jerry worked at Ray’s Barbershop which became Jerry’s Barbershop on the second floor of the Woolworth Building. He also owned and operated Barrett’s Trash Removal Service. Jerry retired in 2002 after 20 years as a truck driver for the City of Watertown.

Jerry was the poultry superintendent at the Jefferson County Fair for 30 years, he took over from and was taught by the best poultry man in the county, Alex Duffy.

For many years, Mr. Duffy traveled to Syracuse to the State Fair with the Barrett Family, holding the youngest on his lap (this was before car seats and seatbelt laws) because the station wagon was full of children, drinks and snacks.

Another fond memory is Saturday night pizzas from Spaziani’s, and watching TV, the furniture and floor was so full there was no room for adults.

Surviving are his children, Jeffery M. (Michelle). Watertown, James K., Tavares, FL, Tina Grounds, Riverside, CA, Joey M. (Kim), Watertown, Jonathan P. (Erin), Watertown, Jay E. (Pamela), Watertown; a stepbrother, George Haley, FL; a half-brother, Edward Barrett, TX; a step sister, Mary Ellen Haley, TX; a half-sister Ann Kato, TX; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife Gloria, two stepbrothers, Michael and Tom Haley, also died before him.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

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