Thomas J. Barrett, a retired sergeant with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and lifelong resident of Aquebogue, entered eternal life on April 14, 2020. He was the young age of 66 and had a long battle with underlying health conditions and then unexpectedly with COVID-19.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Patricia (Courtenay) Barrett; daughter, Julie, of Rochester; and sons, Thomas, with wife Rebecca (Fedun) of Rocky Point, and William, of Mastic Beach. Thomas was a dog lover, of which he was survived by many: Mr. Marshall, Peanut, Pepper, Boi, Mya, Oreo and Nicko. Thomas is survived by his brother, Patrick; nieces Nicole, of Connecticut, Alexandra, of Eastport, Mary, Jenice and LeAnne of Spokane, Wash.; and nephew, Michael, of Hawaii. Thomas is predeceased by his parents; sisters, Cathy Barrett of Bay Shore and Pam Chambers; along with his niece Michelle Chambers of Spokane.
Thomas was born on July 4, 1953, in Bay Shore to Laura and Patrick Barrett. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 1971, where he participated in the choir as a baritone. Thomas attended Farmingdale College and obtained a degree in criminal justice. Onwards, he went to the Sheriff’s Academy, graduating in 1978, worked as a corrections officer and then was promoted to be a sergeant at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas worked in the police field for 30-plus years, which was the same time he had begun a beautiful relationship with Patricia. They recently celebrated their 38th anniversary on April 10, 2020.
Thomas was a man with a sense of humor that put a smile on everyone’s face, a man that went to baseball games during the summer to support his co-workers and who loved good old-fashioned BBQ food. Thomas was a devoted husband, father and was soon to be a grandfather. He loved hunting and was an avid gun collector. Thomas loved pugs and French bulldogs. During the late ’90s he developed a “pug farm,” where he bred and sold pugs, but always managed to keep one. Mr. Marshall, the Frenchie, was Thomas’s buddy named after a western cowboy show, which was Thomas’s other downtime favorite thing to watch. He will be deeply missed by his family, dogs, friends and all who knew him.
The family held a private burial at St. John’s Cemetery in Riverhead on April 18, 2020. A celebration of Thomas’s life will be held in the future.
This is a paid notice.