Michael William Barrett
Michael William Barrett, born Dec. 27, 1954, in Wilmington, N.C., passed away in his sleep at his home in Searsmont early Thursday morning, Aug. 8. Mike was the third of 10 children born to Jim and Cathy Barrett, of Las Vegas, Nev. Starting in North Carolina, the family moved to Miami, Fla., and then to Reno, Nev., in 1970 where Mike graduated from Wooster High School, as did his seven younger brothers and sisters. After high school Mike entered the construction industry via the Plumbers and Piperfitters Union as a journeyman plumber. He was well known for his wide range of building skills, not just plumbing, especially woodworking. He did tire of the up and down nature of the building business and went to work in the maintenance department of Sierra Pacific Power and rose to field manager during his 20 years. In 2001, after a visit to Maine, he decided to accept a job offer as Property Manager of his brother Jay’s property on Westport Island. He fell in love with Maine and he also fell in love with Lisa duHamel. Maine brought Mike so much joy. Starting with his brothers camping out in the back yard he really enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to fish, hunt, boat, hike and camp. He shared with many that he was in heaven being in love with Lisa who also enjoyed the outdoors.
Mike was forever making a spectacle of the day with his special finger wave, hugging, pink hats and outfits, kisses and generally rowdy behavior. And his antics and comments were always with love and affection. Yes, often he went too far, but he always meant to bring a smile to everyone's face and heart. He was a tremendous example to his many nieces and nephews who for years have always sent one another notes when trying to work through problems… WWMBD — What would Mike Barrett do? Because he always had the time to talk with them and share with them what he felt.
Mike will be remembered for many adventures, emails and his sign off of HUGES and KISSES (hugs and kisses, Mike’s way). We will never forget his big smile, which was covered most of the time by that giant mustache. We love and miss him so much.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Grove Cemetery Chapel, Belfast. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.