In Loving Memory of Attorney Ricardo M. Barros
Ricardo M. Barros left us on January 4, 2017. He passed away surrounded by the love of his wife Sabrina Vaz-Barros, his brother Mark Santos and his youngest daughter Tagan Vaz-Barros in his home in Marstons Mills, Ma. He took his last breath shortly after mid-night following a sixteen month battle with stomach cancer. In addition to his wife Sabrina and their daughter Tagan, Mr. Barros is survived by his two older daughters Megan Barros, a school teacher in New York City and Kathleen who resides in Arizona pursuing graduate work.
Ricardo was born on June 12, 1958 in Worcester to Joseph Barros and Gloria Barros, a large Cape Verdean - American family that ultimately consisted of eleven brothers and five sisters. Remaining are Carol Barros of Philadelphia, John Barros of Phoenix, Ken Barros of Wareham, Brenda Barros Buffalo of N.J., Sheila Barros of Chicago, Joseph Santos of R.I., Gary Santos of R.I., Renee Santos of California, Mark Santos of Seekonk Ma, Rebecca Henriott of R.I. and Jacob Barros of California.
Ric grew up between Cape Cod and New Bedford. In 1975 at the age of seventeen he joined the USMC where he served three years active in the infantry, rising to the ranks of platoon Sgt. He went to school at night while stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he received his high school diploma. Upon his return to the states he attended U/Mass Boston graduating Magna Cum Laude. He completed college in three years while serving in the Marine Reserves and driving cabs to pay for his education. Receiving the alternate Harry S. Truman Scholar for Massachusetts and acceptance to Boston College Law School, Mr. Barros became active in Politics working for Senator Ed Brooks. He graduated Law School in 1984, ran for Congress and opened law offices in Barnstable and New Bedford. Attorney Barros stayed active in politics throughout his life. He was a surrogate speaker for Ray Shamie and Jack Kemp, served on the financial committee for Bill Weld, was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Committee by Governor Weld, ran for State Senate and was elected to the State Committee for the Cape & Islands.
In addition to spending time with his family Ricardo enjoyed boating, fishing, skiing and traveling. An avid gardener, and cook Mr. Barros also loved reading and was a patron of the arts helping his wife with her two ballet studios, Balletworks in W. Barnstable and Yarmouth.
He was a brilliant attorney, loving father and will truly be missed by all who knew him.
A Catholic mass will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church 76 Wianno Ave, Osterville at 10:00 a.m. on January 10, 2017. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Family, friends and colleagues are cordially invited to visiting hours at the John Lawrence Funeral Home on Monday January 9th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Rt. 28) Marstons Mills, Ma.
In lieu of flowers gifts can be made to Dana Faber Cancer Institute in the name of Attorney Ricardo M. Barros P.O Box 849168 Boston, Ma 02784.