Richard A. ‘Dick’ Barrett | News, Sports, Jobs

Richard A. “Tail” Barrett, 78, Tyrone, died on Friday. He was the son of the late Samuel A. and the late Margaret L. (Leonard) Barrett.

He first married Paula A. Thomas of Patton on October 22, 1966; she predeceased him on March 14, 1987. She was the loving mother of his surviving children, Rick (Kristin) Barrett and Julie (Kevin) Ferner.

On April 14, 1988, he married Gwendolyn W. Summers, who predeceased him on January 13, 2022.

Besides his children, he is survived by one sister, Margaret “Peggy” Raiigh; four grandchildren: Brice R. Barrett, Seth D. (Samantha) Barrett, Taylor M. (Cameron) Brown and Maddie B. Ferner; a great-grandson, Mason O. Brown; and soul mate, Eleanor Spangler. He was also predeceased by a sister, Patty Rhudy.

Dick was a 1962 graduate of Cambria Heights High School. He graduated from Penn State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Education in Biology and in 1975 with a Master of Education in Administration. He was also a footballer for the Nittany Lions, playing from 1962 to 1966. He worked as a biology and life science teacher at Tyrone Area High School from 1966 to 1970, then became the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Tyrone from 1971 to 1996. While at Tyrone he coached the football team from 1966 to 1969.

He had been a member of Sinking Valley Country Club since 2001 and a member of the NRA since 1980. He was also a member of the Tyrone Fishing Club from 1971 to 1991. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and loved to fly his flight simulator.

Dick was a very caring and loving person who enjoyed the presence of his family and friends, was always supportive when needed, and represented honesty and integrity.

A mass for Richard A. “Tail” Barrett will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Tyrone, under the direction of Father Jozef Kovachic. Friends will be received at the church from 1 p.m. until mass time.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 1105 Cameron Ave, Tyrone, PA 16686.

Arrangements are in the care of the Feller Memorial Home.

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