Robert K. Barrett, age 87

of Weymouth

Robert K. Barrett, age 87

Robert K. Barrett, age 87, of Weymouth, died peacefully, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born on February 9, 1934, in Charlestown, Mass. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Bob’s life was shaped by many people, especially his family. Since their marriage in 1960, Bob and his wife, Ann, were at the center of what they proudly modeled as “a circle of strength and love.”

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ann M. (Murphy) Barrett, also from Charlestown. Devoted father of Susan Wahlberg and her husband, Eugene Wahlberg, of Weymouth; Mark Barrett and his wife, Diane Barrett, of Rowley; Robert Barrett and his wife, Monica Barrett, of Abington; Kevin Barrett and his spouse, Dina McCarthy, of Weymouth. Bob had 10 grandchildren who knew him as “Pup”: Krista Royea and her husband, Andrew Royea, of Abington, Kevin Wahlberg of New York City, Andrew Wahlberg and Ryan Wahlberg, both of Weymouth; Erin Barrett, Colleen Barrett, Brandon Barrett and Cameron Barrett, all of Rowley; Lauren Barrett and Nicole Barrett, both of Abington. Bob leaves his two siblings, John Barrett of Portland, Maine, and Denise Gallagher of Plymouth.

Bob was the eldest child of John and Helen (Pierce) Barrett. His parents raised him and his siblings on Cross Street, not far from the Boys & Girls Club, where Bob met lifelong friends and spent afternoons developing his love for the game of basketball. He was a proud “Townie” and maintained his connection to the city after he and Ann moved to Weymouth in 1966 to raise their family at their home on Second Street. As a family, they enjoyed summer vacations at Lake Winnipesaukee and Hampton Beach, and later in North Conway, N.H., where they owned a home. In 2014, Bob and Ann moved to East Bay Condos in North Weymouth, where they quickly developed a circle of friends with common interests and similar backgrounds.

Bob retired in 1999 after working many years as a Claims Adjustor. Throughout his career, he developed a strong network of friends and colleagues at Liberty Mutual, Fireman’s Fund, Sentry, and Guaranty Fund Management Services.

Coaching and basketball were instrumental in Bob’s life, providing a doorway to education and introducing him to longtime friends and mentors who greatly influenced his life. After graduating from Cathedral High School, Bob was offered a scholarship to Saint Anselm College. He played under legendary Coach Al Grenert, serving as co-captain of the 1958-59 team. His size, style of play and rebounding skill earned him the nickname “the Bull.” Bob had a special connection with St. A’s. He remained close to the college through his two sons and four grandchildren who would follow him to “the Hilltop.” He was a loyal supporter of the Hawks basketball program and enjoyed attending games with his sons and former teammates. In 1989, Bob was elected to the Saint Anselm College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bob began coaching high school basketball soon after graduating from St. A’s. His first position was at Arlington Catholic, as an assistant to his dear friend and teammate Dick Broderick. In 1966, Bob joined Chuck Chevalier at Archbishop Williams and became head coach in 1975. As a coach, Bob touched the lives of hundreds of young men. He taught them plenty about X’s and O’s…and just as much about pride, respect, and growing up. Many have remained friends and stayed close to Coach as an expression of thanks for the influence he had on their lives. In 2009, he was inducted into the Archbishop Williams Athletic Hall of Fame. He was just as proud to successfully nominate roughly 10 of his former players for the same honor. In 2010, a group of his former players established the Bob Barrett Scholarship to continue his legacy and recognize student-athletes at Archies.

Bob hung up his coaching whistle in 1984, but got back in the game in 2006, when his son Kevin began his own coaching career at North Quincy High School. Bob served as an “assistant coach,” attending practices and games, discussing strategy, and sharing his wisdom about helping kids succeed on and off the court.

In retirement, Bob enjoyed his role as “Pup,” sidekick to “Nanny” in attending to their 10 grandchildren – babysitting, pickups and drop offs, supporting them at sporting events and through school, guiding four to Saint Anselm College, and later in life helping them establish careers and serving as a confidante and role model.

Bob and his entire family are thankful for the doctors and other health care providers who supported and cared for Bob for the past year, particularly Dr. Marlise Luskin at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, January 16, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those attending wear a mask or face covering. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Jerome’s Church, 632 Bridge Street, North Weymouth, on Monday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive #1738, Manchester, NH 03102-1310, or the Bob Barrett Scholarship at Archbishop Williams High School, Office of Advancement, 40 Independence Avenue, Braintree, MA 02184.

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  • Ann and Family
    So Sad to hear of Bob’s passing May He Rest In Peace

  • I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Kevin and family. What a great person your Dad was!!. You are an amazing person so I can now see where it comes from. We should all strive to live like your Dad.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis (may his faithful soul be at the right hand side of God) ❤ Daithi, Sorcha Agus Eimear

  • We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We are all wishing you as much peace and comfort possible in this very difficult time.
    Love Tony , Lisa , Anthony

  • What a beautiful legacy he created for his family ! The love of everything in his life will be carried on by his wonderful family. May you feel the blessing of all he taught and gave you 🙏 my heartfelt condolences ❤️‍🩹

  • God Bless and Keep.

  • Mrs. Barrett and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Coach Barrett was a remarkable man and a great source of support for me. I do not believe I would be where I am in my life without his help. Coach got a fellow Townie a “look” from Coach Paulauskaa and it resulted in the honor of not only playing basketball at St A’s but graduating from college and meeting some of the greatest people in my life. We were Townies and Club kids so I think that helped me quite a bit but I’m not sure we will ever know him many other kids he helped over the years.
    Rest In Peace Coach- I will be forever grateful. You were the best !!

  • My thoughts are with the Barrett family. I am sorry for your loss.

    I am immensely grateful to have spent three and a half years under the leadership and guidance of Coach at Archbishop Williams. I am proud to have been a member of the first varsity team (75-76) for which he was head coach for the first time. I will remember forever the dinner late last summer with Coach, his sons, and some former players. Such great memories. Thank you, Coach. Rest in Peace.

  • Sending love and prayers. 🙏🏼
    Bob and Michelle

  • Please accept our deepest sympathy on Bob’s passing.
    We are so sad for you Ann and your family

  • To the Barrett family: My most sincerest condolences in the loss of Bob. I used to be Ann and Bob’s letter carrier many years ago in Weymouth. Ironically, now being retired, the other day when it was extremely cold outside, I remembered when I was a letter carrier and I had a guy on my route who would leave me a thermos of hot chocolate in his mailbox. We would exchange thermos’ every day… a new filled one for the old clean one. As I ran out to MY letter carrier with a hot chocolate, I relayed this story to him. That awesome guy who made my freezing cold days so warm and memorable happened to be Bob. I hope all your memories give you as much of a “warm fuzzy ” as my memory of Bob. May you rest in peace, comrade.

  • Dear Barrett Family,

    I was sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I became friendly with Bob through a mutual friend, Chuck Chevalier. I played with and against Bob in college and semi-pro teams. Bob was a terrific athlete and a great individual. He told me that his greatest thrill was coaching with his son. I want to extend my sympathy to you and I know all the memories of Bob will always bring a smile to your face.

    Paul Lyons
    Boston College 1958

  • My condolences to the family… truly a wonderful guy …God Rest his soul

  • Deepest condolences and prayers of comfort to all the Barrett family. What an incredible life and legacy Coach provided! He lives on through the countless lives he touched. I was one of the many AWHS players who had the tremendous good fortune to play for him and learn the lessons and values he taught and lived on and off the court. I am a better person for it and forever grateful. Thanks Coach. God bless.

  • Ann and family . Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. man .I remember the fun times in Duxbury. Let us not forget our famous 4th of July parades .He was a very nice gentleman.

  • Dearest Ann and family,
    Tony and are are so saddened by the loss of my cousin, Big Bob!
    We are praying for all of you! Love you forever!

  • Ann and family
    Sorry for your loss
    Carol & Buddy Stevens

  • My heartfelt condolences Ann to you and your family. I always enjoyed having conversations with Bob about the library and his interest in history books. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Bob will be dearly missed.

  • Bob was a gentleman off the court but a tiger when he put on the St, Anselm uniform