Ernest O. Barrett, Jr. (Updated Obituary)

1935 ∼ 2020

Ernest O. Barrett, Jr. (Updated Obituary)

Ernest O. Barrett, Jr., 84, of Vineyard Haven, passed away on May 26, 2020 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was the husband of Lucinda (da Rosa) Barrett.

Ernest was born on June 6, 1935 in Oak Bluffs. He went to Tisbury School and at a young age his dad was killed in an accident. Ernie at the age of 16 left school to work so he could help support his mom and brothers and sister.

He served for 2 years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Lanshut, Germany and doing border patrol along the Czech border during the Czechoslovakian Crisis.

Returning from the service he worked for Carroll’s Trucking, Rogers Trucking, and Coca Cola Co., and E.C. Cottle as a truck driver and years as a lumberyard worker for Cottle’s. He worked for General Dynamics in Quincy, MA. as a ship fitter on several ships for the U.S. Government including the USS Wichita. He returned to the Island and worked with Doyle Construction. He worked with JK Scanlon as a Clerk of the Works to build the first Woodside Village, Island Elderly building in Oak Bluffs and a Clerk of the Works for the West Tisbury School. From there he worked for the Steamship Authority, the Vineyard Transit Authority as a bus driver until he retired.

He was member of the Tisbury Fire Department, Company C when he was younger. A member of the Elks Club of Falmouth, an honorary member of the Holy Ghost Assn. of Oak Bluffs. Over the years Ernie and Cindy traveled on many trips, especially to many places in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. They enjoyed many trips to New Hampshire and Maine, where they visited with great friends they had met over the years.  Over the past couple of years, since he retired, he enjoyed time with friends socializing and talking over the news of the day.

Ernest is predeceased by his parents Ernest and Mary Barrett and his brother James Barrett.

In addition to his wife Lucinda “Cindy”, Ernest is survived by his sons, Wayne (Nadine), and Donald Barrett, his daughters, Ann Marie Cywinski (Joseph Sr.) and Alison Barrett (Jesse), his sister Marie Mercer (Stan), his brother, Edmund Barrett, his niece, Elizabeth (Kevin) Oliver, his nephew, Stephen Seward (Catherine), his grandchildren, Elise Ray (James), Morgan Alwardt (Joshua), Rachel Perry (Michael), Megan Barrett, Jacob Oliver, Kayla Oliver, Joey Cywinski, Jr. and seven great grandchildren Ella and Jenna Ray, Michael and Ryah Perry and Madilyn, Carly and Khloe Alwardt.

A graveside service at the West Tisbury Cemetery and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Ernest O. Barrett, Jr. (Updated Obituary)

1935 ∼ 2020

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