It is with great sadness that the family of George William Barrett announces his passing on Wednesday Feb. 7, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
George was born on April 5, 1936 in Fort Frances to Frederick and Isabelle Barrett.
He lived in the Rainy River District all his life, working in the bush with various businesses across the district. He enjoyed fishing, trapping minnows, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He also always was up for a good argument.
He leaves behind his daughters, Evie and husband, Gerrald Hartlin, and Suzie and Roy Sigurdson, all of Emo, Ont.; grandchildren, Noreen and husband, Dan Poperechny, and their daughter, Sloane, Greg Hartlin and wife, Marie, and their sons, Henry, Howard, and Hugh, Derek Sigurdson and wife, Ashley, and their children, Kenny and Klaire, Matt Sigurdson and wife, Jillian, and Adam Barrett and wife, Donna, and her children, Sabrina, Brent, and Jeffery.
He also is survived by his sisters, Norma Hagen of Greenbush, Mn., Noreen Barker of North Bay, Ont., and Doreen and husband, Frank DeBenedet, of Fort Frances, Ont.; daughter-in-law, Terri Cotè; extended family, Dan Kivari and Tammy Kivari and her son, Aaron; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by his parents; son, George Barrett Jr.; brother, Donald and wife, Marg Barrett; sisters, Mary Bender and Ruth Gresko; and brothers-in-law, Leif Hagen and Robert Barker.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.
Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at a later date.
The honourary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Noreen Poperechny, Greg Hartlin, Derek Sigurdson, Matt Sigurdson, and Adam Barrett, and great-grandchildren, Sloane Poperechny, Henry, Howard, and Hugh Hartlin, and Kenny and Klaire Sigurdson.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Rainycrest Auxiliary or the Alzheimer's Society c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com