James F. Considine Barrett, Sr.
October 13, 2012
James F. Considine Barrett, Sr., a longtime resident of West Scranton, died Saturday afternoon in the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit after an illness. His wife was the former Ann O’Malley, who died on April 3, 1998.
Born in the Providence section of Scranton, he was the son of the late James F. and Catherine McGowan Considine. He attended Scranton Public Schools and was a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Church, West Scranton. He was employed for 27 years by the City of Scranton Fire Department, earning the rank of District Chief by his retirement in 1982. A United States Army veteran, he served honorably during World War II in the South Pacific in places such as Guadalcanal, the Philippines, and New Guinea. During his service he earned the Philippines Liberation, Victory and Asia Pacific Theater Services medals.
In his youth, he spent his free time as an avid fisherman, electrician, woodworker, and amateur inventor. He loved to conceive, draft, and build projects, everything from grandfather and cuckoo clocks, gifts for friends, oak dinner tables, cabinets, desks, and toys. He rebuilt his home on Jackson Street.
James was an avid gardener and kept a rose garden for his beloved wife of 37 years, Ann. He loved his tomatoes and canned them as well as fruit annually. He loved music, old movies, and his son and daughter. Some of his favorite times were spent sitting in his backyard overlooking his garden with a glass of wine and watching the birds that visited the many feeders and birdhouses he built. He was an excellent cook, and baker famous for turkey dinners, casseroles, and delectable apple pies. Finally, he was a gifted storyteller often regaling his friends and family for hours about his time in the military, as a fire fighter, and all the quirky and fun experiences he had in his life
Surviving are a son James F. Barrett, Jr. and his wife Mariellen of West Scranton; a daughter Kathleen Barrett of Alexandria, Va.; two step grandchildren Marirose and Kenneth; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Joseph in 1947 and a sister Katherine in 1949.
Anyone attending the Mass is asked to go directly to the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10am in St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson St. Scranton.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7pm in the Kearney Funeral Home, Inc. 125 N. Main Ave. Scranton.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Hospice Unit 100 Williams St. Dunmore 18509
To send the family an online condolence please visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com