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Gene Barretto

Gene Barretto

Thursday, September 12th, 1929 Saturday, January 25th, 2020

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Obituary for Gene M Barretto

Gene Barretto passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with ALS.
Gene approached life with an unmatchable joy and loved family and friends above all else. He was married to his wife Patricia (Trisha) for 51years before her death in 2002. They raised four children together and shared a deep love of their children, grandchildren, and sports.
As a young man he was an excellent athlete and played football, basketball and baseball at Westford High School. While serving in the Army in Texas he developed such a stellar reputation as a baseball pitcher that he was nicknamed "hooky" for his nasty curveball, and he received an offer to play minor league baseball. He declined the offer in order to rejoin his sweetheart Trisha back home in Massachusetts.
For 30 years Gene worked as a controller with his brothers at Barretto Granite Corp, where he was able to indulge in another activity he loved—working with numbers.
Gene loved all sports whether as a spectator watching the Red Sox, Patriots or Celtics, or as a (very) fierce competitor. Those who ever played cribbage or poker with him knew just how competitive he was! He was an avid golfer and ping pong player, and he was a founder of the Amherst Golf Club in Amherst, NH, in 1969. At age 85 he was disturbed by the fact he had to use a golf cart and could no longer walk 18 holes (probably due to the ALS that he did not know he had at the time).
Gene's love of sports also extended to coaching kids, which he did for a combined total of 46 years in the sports of baseball and basketball. In fact, he was part of a small, select group of dedicated coaches for whom Coaches Corner was named in the city of Nashua.
Other pastimes that Gene enjoyed included watching his grandchildren's sports and theater/dance activities, fishing, and gardening—no one had the touch with roses that Gene had!
Gene was fortunate to find love again later in his life and married Kathleen (Kay) McGlone in 2013. He enjoyed spending the final years of his life with her, as well as getting to know and love her five children.
Gene is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kay), sisters: Ida (Barretto) Giunta; Lillian Peek and her husband, Scott Peek, sons: Tim Barretto and his wife, Mary; Dan Barretto and his wife, Karyn, daughters: Sue Sirois and her husband, Don Sirois; Joan Barretto and her husband, Bill Donnelly, grandchildren: Nick Barretto and his wife, Lucy; Chris Barretto and his wife, Meaghan; Greg Sirois and his wife, Anne; Mickey Sirois and his wife, Kelsey; Doug Sirois and his wife, Emily; Merranda Donnelly; Alana Barretto; and Maddy Barretto, great grandchildren: Rosie Gray Barretto; Arianna Rose Barretto.

SERVICES: Visitation will be held at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street in Nashua on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 11am, at St. Christopher Parish in Nashua. Those attending are asked to meet at the church. Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, 20 Pine Ridge Road in Westford, MA following the Funeral. Family and friends are invited to attend.



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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Davis Funeral Home
    One Lock Street
    Nashua, New Hampshire
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    Friday, January 31st, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    St. Christopher Parish
    62 Manchester St.
    Nashua, NH
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020
    11:00am
    Officiant
    Fr. David Harris
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    St. Catherine Cemetery
    20 Pine Ridge Road
    Westford, Massachusetts
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020
    1:00pm

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Michael Roche

Mike and Cindy Roche and family
Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on Gene's passing.
The news prompted many fond memories of such a wonderful neighbor. Besides learning many life lessons from Gene, he was also part of many "life firsts" for me.
First close neighbors. My siblings and I always felt welcome at the Barrettos and enjoyed many sports broadcasts in their living room.
First good baseball coach. I learned so much that I took with me for the rest of my life. Gene could help us win games that seemed impossible and he had much more confidence in me than I had for myself.
First good job. Gene got me a job at the quarry. Another life lesson and one of the most physically demanding jobs I've had.
First lesson to me of how someone, other than my family, can be so generous, especially with his time spent with me. I also have to include all those post game or practice trips to the ice cream shop or pizza restaurant.
Gene's wonderful legacy lives on with everyone he touched.
Comment | Posted at 11:47am via Condolence
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Michael Lee

So sorry for your loss. Gene Barretto was the best coach I ever played for. Coach Barretto led our 15 year old all-star team to the 1969 NH State Babe Ruth Championship over powerhouse Manchester. He put together won of the greatest Nashua Babe Ruth Teams ever. He was organized, demanding, fair and had us well prepared to put the pressure on who ever we played. My father, Ken Lee, always talked about how much he enjoyed his many encounters coaching against Coach Barretto's Dodgers. Indeed, I had the unique opportunity to umpire many of Coach Barretto's Babe Ruth playoff games. Coach Barretto brought out my best as a player and as an umpire. As the Varsity Baseball coach at Alvirne HS for the past 38 years, I have adopted Coach Barretto's aggressive style to our Bronco teams. From 2001-2003 our Alvirne teams had to deal with a Barretto in the Dover lineup (pitching against us,playing first base, or DH and in the heart of their lineup in the #3 or #5 spot). What a surprise and pleasure to see Coach Barretto after an Alvirne/Dover game. A special man who gave much back to his community and left a lasting legacy on all of us he touched in the Nashua baseball community. I, for one, will never forget that summer in 1969 playing ball for Gene Barretto. What fun we all had!!!

Mike Lee
Comment | Posted at 07:51pm via Condolence
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Judy Baldwin

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you share the loss of this amazing person in your lives. It’s clear to see by the obituary his legacy lives on through his children.
Comment | Posted at 12:26pm via Condolence
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Alonzo Desjardins

Our best condolences to Kay and all the family. Gene was a great guy and we will all miss him in circle 4 in Country Manors, Florida. We had the best neighbor and roof mate we could ever had. We will remember him forever. Rest in peace Gene and god bless you.
Al & Noella
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Joe and Sue Pestana

With deepest sympathy,
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