BARRETT, Betram Henry 'Harry' - Harry passed away in his home in Oakville, Ontario on the morning of November 30th, 2018.
At 93, Harry had lived an incredibly full life, relishing his roles as a loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle; distinguished World War II veteran; plumber and all-around handyman; celebrated former mayor of Oakville; and lifelong protector of public space and municipal heritage.
Harry was born in the upstairs bedroom of his parents’ modest home on Trafalgar Road and left us a few kilometres away in the house that he built with his beloved wife Jackie.
Although he fought overseas and travelled the world, Harry’s greatest accomplishments were in his hometown. While serving as the chairman of the Oakville Planning Board in the 1960s and as the 42nd mayor of Oakville from 1973 to 1985, Harry instituted a town policy to buy up parkland for public use. In the early 1980s, he helped found the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District and was a proud member of the Oakville Historical Society and the Oakville Heritage Committee.
In 2012 the town honoured his civic leadership by creating the Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System and in 2016 he was awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Award by the National Trust for Canada.
Harry is survived by his daughters Carol and Laurie, his grandsons Chris and Dan, his niece Anne, his great-nephew Ben, his great-niece Amy, and his great-great niece Michaela. He was predeceased by his wife Jackie, his brother Jack, and his sister-in-law Emma, and his son-in-law Roger.
Visitation will be held at Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, Oakville from 1 - 4 PM on Sunday, December 2nd. The funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Monday, December 3rd at St. John’s United Church, 262 Randall St, Oakville.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Scott Mission or a charity of choice.