July 15, 1933 - January 18, 2017
Thomas Barrett passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of January 18, 2017, only a week after a diagnosis of stomach cancer.
Tom was born July 15, 1933 in Chicago to Francis, “Frank” Barrett and Catherine Miller Barrett. His mother passed away when Tom was a toddler and his father passed away several years later. From that point on, Tom was raised by his brothers, aunts, and uncles in the Midwest. During the week before he died, Tom mentioned how much he loved playing baseball, basketball, and football in high school and said he had been described as a “diamond in the rough” baseball player. Tom served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and then happily took advantage of the GI Bill to attend Loyola University in Chicago, studying accounting and working in the rail yards. He met and married Christina while in college and they had two children, Cathy and Mike. Following graduation, the family moved to Portland, Oregon where Tom was a CPA for many years, eventually opening his own practice. Tom and Christina divorced, and Tom was later married to Elena Rodriguez. They later divorced.
Tom was a lifelong sports fan, following and playing golf and watching football. Tom also loved the outdoors; camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting around the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and he always loved a good joke. Tom moved to Stoneybrook Lodge in late 2014 and enjoyed meeting many new friends and hearing about their lives and interests.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, brothers Frank and Jack, and grandson Michael. Tom is survived by his daughter Cathy and her husband Chris Soward of Corvallis, his son Mike of Enterprise, Oregon and granddaughters Christina of Holladay, Utah, and Shawn and her husband Dave Bell of Richland, Washington.
We appreciate the staff of Stoneybrook Lodge, the very kind care from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, especially Dr. Julie Stewart and Chaplain Francis Potts, and the very kind care from Evergreen Hospice in Albany. Private services will be held at a later date.
We miss you so much Dad and Grandpa, and we are grateful to have lots of good memories.