Michael A. “Sonny” Barba, Jr., age 85

of Cohasset

Michael A. “Sonny” Barba, Jr., age 85

Michael A. “Sonny” Barba, Jr., age 85, of Cohasset, died peacefully, Monday, July 5, 2021 at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family. He will be dearly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him and to have been loved by him.

Mike was born in Boston, to the late Michael A. and Tina (Marcelli) Barba. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1953, and attended Northeastern University.

He had lived in Cohasset for four years, previously in Rockland, and earlier in Braintree for over thirty-five years. There isn’t a person who met him who didn’t immediately feel drawn to him for his warmth, kindness, and humor, from his early days in Quincy and Scituate, to coaching his children in Braintree in baseball, hockey, and softball. In his later years, he was a main stay in the daily lives of his children and grandchildren.

Mike was proud to have served in the United States Navy during the 1950s. He was employed with the Boston Edison Company for forty years and retired in 1994 as a supervisor with the electrical department. Mike was a member of the Adams Heights Men’s Club of Quincy.

Most of all, he was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren, actively supporting their activities and accomplishments. PopPop never missed a game, concert, play, graduation, Derby grandparent day, or family holiday.

Beloved husband of the late Arlene F. (Dwyer) Barba.

Devoted father of Michael A. Barba III and his wife Ann of Scituate, Kimberly M. Canney and her husband Paul, and Alicia A. Rawson and her husband Michael, all of Cohasset.

Loving grandfather of Michael, Christopher, Amanda, Julia, Evan, Hannah, Sarah, Camerin, and Cole.

One of four siblings, he was the dear brother of Winifred Viera of Connecticut and predeceased by Dolores Martin and Janet Barba. Mike is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memories Mike held dear included playing against Bob Cousy at the Boston Garden during high school basketball; attending the 1980 Rams vs. Steelers Super Bowl in L.A. with his son, Mike; visiting Spain with his daughter, Kim; and most recently, happily living with his daughter, Alicia, and being a Super Fan to her children at their sporting events. They appreciated every day they spent together and knew how lucky they were.

Wherever he went, Mike ran into people he knew from one of his many adventures, and always remembered their name. Together with his wife, Arlene, he created a beautiful family that will always cherish the memories of trips for ice cream, long car rides to vacations, watching Boston sports, and relaxing together by the pool. We will miss him every day. “See you later, Pal.”

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, July 8, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.


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  • Great Coach, Great Father and Great Neighbor!

    Remembering those times at the Beanpot.

    Rest in peace Mr. Barba!

    Jo Jo

  • Mike was a class act. We will remember him fondly as one of the all-time great Fathers and Grandfathers. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Barba, Canney and Rawson families.

  • Our sincerest sympathies for your loss, Mike was friendly, always engaging and sincere. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob & Mary

  • Mike sat behind me in our Quincy High homeroom class in the early 1950’s. Homeroom classes were alphabetized so the class was loaded with Italian kids. Surnames starting with A’ and B’s. Mike’s wife Arlene and my wife Marylou were childhood neighbors so double dating with Arlene and Mike was frequent and always full of fun.

    Mike, thanks for the memories.


  • Sending prayers from Kentucky. Big Mike will be fondly remembered and missed by all.

  • What can you say that has not already been said, well I will try. He was known to me as Mr. Barba, Mr. Bubs, Mr. Dellabarba (he told me the story of the name change), Coach, and in later years, Big Mike. From about 7yrs. to about 15,I was always at the Barba HOME . He and the “oh so cool” Mrs. Bubs were always very welcoming and made it a fun place. Many games of football and whiffle ball were played in the side yard of 28 Beechwood, and he never worried about us ruining his lawn. My fondest memory has to be as coach of Hunts Potato Chip when we won the championship over Penguin A.C. and he trusted me to be his shortstop when I was more suited for rightfield. (I still have the trophy,50 years later) . I will remember his great demeanor, patience and movie star good looks for as long as can remember anything. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy and Mrs. Bubs as well ,lives on in their great kids. MUCH RESPECT, rest in peace Big Mike…

  • To the Children of Mike Barba

    On behalf of the QHS class of 1953 we express our sympathy on behalf of a beloved classmate. Mike was well liked by all who knew him..
    Janet Donovan for the Reunion committee of the class of 1953

  • To the Barba family,

    Having known Mike for more than 75 years I express my hearfelt sympathy on the loss of a great friend.
    Mike was always k ind, and genuine. We shall miss his dry wit and sense of humor and his charm.

  • Dear Kim, Alicia and Mike

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved father Mike. He was so kind and warm hearted in his manner and always made you feel welcome whenever in his presence. I am thinking of you all and hope that the many memories you have of him will comfort you in this very sad time. He and your mom were both wonderful neighbors. So sorry for the loss of this very special man and true friend to so many who were fortunate to know him.

  • Mike, Kim, and Alicia,
    I am so sorry to hear the news of your dad’s passing. He was such a nice man. He was always welcoming, and always ready with a smile and a wisecrack! He was the perfect man for coaching us little leaguers…Authoritative, gentle, and calm, and a giant to us young ones. And yes, I’m proud to be a member of the Hunt’s Potato Chips champion team. Don’t know if I still have the trophy, but I do still have the Patriot Ledger newspaper article! I won’t ever forget him.

  • Mike, Kim, and Alicia,
    It is with great sorrow I send this note after hearing of your fathers passing. All of you, your families, and friends have lost an amazing man and bright light. It was an honor to have all of you and both your parents as part of my life. The memories from those important, formulative years stayed with me my entire life. A particular highlight is having your entire family attend my wedding over 36 years ago!
    You are all blessed to have had him involved some closely in your lives, and the lives of your families, and I know his memory will never fade. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Mikey, Kinney, and Lucia, so sorry for you loss. Always remember Uncle Sonny for telling great stories that were always funny. Prayers for you all.