Harold Matthew Barrett

September 4, 1935 to December 4, 2018


Passed peacefully away on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital surrounded by his loving family, Harold Matthew Barrett, age 83 years. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Olive (Noseworthy) and brother, Donald. Leaving to mourn loving wife Catherine Eckert-Maret; his children: Gregg (Jennifer), Glenn, Mark (Joanne) and Jennifer (David); their mother Betty; grandchildren: Alex, Katie (Mark), Michael, Andrew and Michelle; step children Elysia (Jason) and André (Tiffany); step grandchildren: Aymon, Priya and Dakota; brother, David (Virgina) and sister, Sonia Mathis, sister in-law Clara. Also many other relatives and friends.

Harold had an extensive career during his lifetime working with Royal Bank of Canada, with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regional Manager with Adjusters and Appraisers Ltd, Partner with Bar-Wood Insurance and Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Crosbie Reed Stenhouse Ltd. He was a member of the House of Assembly, District of St. John’s, West, Minister of Department of Development and Tourism (Peckford Administration), Minister of Finance (Rideout Administration). Worked as Business Consultant during early 90’s and as CME Export Director Newfoundland and Labrador Boat Builders from 1994 till present time.

He was also involved with the Boy Scouts of Canada as a Committee member of 1St Andrews Group, as a Rover Scout Leader and as St. John’s District Commissioner and Regional Commissioner.

He was Commodore of the Newfoundland Cruising Club and of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club. Involved with Sailing Venue Canada and the Newfoundland Summer Games.

Special thank you to the staff of 4 West at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital for their care and support.



2-5 p.m. on December 5, 2018

7-9 p.m. on December 5, 2018

2-5 p.m. on December 6, 2018

7-9 p.m. on December 6, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday December 7th

St. Mary's Anglican Church, Craigmillar Ave.


1:30pm, Saturday December 8th

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Dear Great Aunt Catherine,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.
I pray that God will comfort you.
Trish Keene

Just returning home from a trip to this sad news. Hal was a great guy. It was a pleasure working with him during his government years. I learned a lot from him. And he always managed to bring a positive good will to the work, regardless of the challenges. So sorry to have missed the visitation and funeral. Condolences to all the family from Peter Morris and Sally Ackerman

Sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Hal. I have fond memories of visiting with him at social gatherings and going out sailing. He will be missed. Thinking of his family and friends at this sad time.

Condolences & prayers , i have good memories of Hal Barrett & his family. Paul W Mahon

Elysia and Family,

So sorry to learn of your step father’s passing. Thinking of you.

Saddened to hear of Hal’s passing. Was a super person and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. Will be missed. Sam & Eleanor Walters

Catherine and family So very sorry for your loss you are in our prayers Eugene and Barb Whitten

To all the Barretts, and to Betty as well….this is very sad news. Your dad – Hal – was such an iconic figure in our time together on the water. His decision to take a 30 foot Arpege to sail in an open ocean race was a watershed moment for Newfoundland sailing, and his no-holds-barred racing style elevated everyone’s game. He brought a joyous intensity to something that we all shared, and he will be missed. My sincere condolences.

Gregg, Glenn, Mark and Jennifer- My deepest condolences to you all. I will remember your dad with great fondness. We had some wonderful family times together – he was a wonderful man.

With much love, Anne

Thinking of the Barrett family at this time. Hal was a wonderful person who cared deeply about others.

Fred Russell
Port Union

Dear Catherine, we are so sorry for your loss. Hal was such a wonderful husband and best friend to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
We love you,
Dottie and Bill

Catherine & family, so sorry for the lo of your loved one, my thoughts & prayers are with you & yours!

Dear Catherine, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your husband, Harold. We will miss seeing and chatting with him during our daily walks at Bowring Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jennifer and Family
Sorry to hear of your Dads passing.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
Ella and Alec Noseworthy

Jennifer |& family:
Please accept out deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. May wonderful memories and compassionate friends fill you with the joy of this holy season. Blessings to you all.
Rev. Wayne and the Salmon Cove Pastoral Charge

Jennifer, Betty and the Barrett Family: Please accept our condolences and may you all be filled with that peace which comes from above. Sincerely, Russell and Bonnie Small

Jennifer & family.
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Dot and Jack

To the Barrett family,
On behalf of the members of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, I extend our sincere condolences. Past Commodore Barrett is fondly remembered by long serving members and staff as a fun loving man with a passion for sailing on his boat “Spindrift”.

With warmest regards,
Mark and Kerri Wareham
Commodore, RNYC

Sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. We worked and, on occasion, traveled together in the 1980’s. Sincere condolences.
Herb and Nora Clarke

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father
Fondly remember him at the helm suggesting what needs to be done onboard
Many wonderful memories of his fun loving nature

So sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Catherine ,Glenn and family so very sad to hear of Hal’s passing ,he was a wonderful man and a great grandfather to Alex and Katie. Treasure all the good memories . Thinking of you all Anne Marie

Jennifer and family…Our deepest sympathies to You. We pray that God will be near you now and in the days to come.

Catherine and family, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time Toby and I want to send our sincere condolences . We are in Florida and unable to be there for you. All our love

To the Barrett family,
I remember Mr Barrett from the early 80’s in the Dept. Of Development and Tourism when I first was employed with govt. I always found him to be very pleasant and quick with a smile. Sorry for your loss.

Hal was a wonderful man, he had a great sense of humor and was very knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects. He enjoyed sailing and curling and was a real chef at the grill. He will be missed.

I remember Hal as someone who generously gave support to a young competetive sailor at a time when there weren’t many about. Thank you Hal.

Sincere condolences to family.

Mike Dwyer

Dave and Family, So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing, deepest sympathy.
Janet and Paul Aitken

To the Barrett Family:
So very sad to hear of the passing of Hal. He had a significant impact on the business, political and sailing communities of Newfoundland. We had the closest connection with him through the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club and his love of sailing and sailboat racing.
We extent our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Barrett family.

Jennifer, thinking of you, saddened to hear of the passing of your dad, May there be comfort for you and your family as you entrust your dad’s spirit to God’s care and cherish the love and blessings shared.
Take care, Karen Thorne

Hello Jennifer & Family
Thinking about you and your family on the passing of your dad.
our sincere condolences

Bob Bennett

Sad to hear about Hal. He lived a full life with you at his side.
Godspeed Hal,
Brenda A. Lacey

So sorry to hear about Hal’s passing. Both Joanne and I would like to send our condolences to everyone in the family. Especially Mark.

We are very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family at this time.
Jean Ann and Gary Ryan

Glenn please accept my condolences on the passing of your dad. Treasure your memories of him they will help you through this difficult time. Thinking of you.


Gregg and family, please accept our deepest condolences in the passing of your dad. Lester fondly remembers the time during our university years he helped crew your dad’s yacht in one of his races. We know you’ll treasure your own memories of your dad. Thinking of you all.

Fare well Hal and rest in Peace
With love from Germany
Anita and Goetz

Sorry for your loss Catherine,thinking of you .

Catherine and family,
So sorry to hear this news. Our very deepest sympathy to you all.
Thinking of you.

Jennifer, we were sorry to learn of the passing of your father and want you to know we are thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care, love Susan and John

Catherine, thinking of you and your family during these difficult days. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of him as you celebrate and remember him.

Catherine my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Rip Harold.

Catherine and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you at this time.
All of my love