BARRETT, William Edward

It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) Barrett announces his passing after a brief stint in hospital on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 69 years. Bill will be forever loved and remembered by his wife, Shirley and three children: Todd, Janice (Garry) and Ian (Reena). Bill will also be fondly remembered by his two loving granddaughters: Brianna and Kayla as well as his sister Linda; two brothers: Jack and Bob.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Jackie and William (Billy) Sr..

Having spent his professional career as a firefighter, Bill will be forever known as a giving person who always put others ahead of himself.

Bill will be ultimately laid to rest in his beloved hometown of Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland.

Serenity Funeral Service, Spruce Grove 780.962.2749

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Lily and Joe Clarke

Shirley and family,
So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Our condolences to all of you. God Bless.
Lily and Joe Clarke

Jeanette Hiscock

Shirley & family,
We’ve been reminiscing tonight about times gone by. The wonderful times we spent together and the fun and friendship we had. Bill always had a few jokes to tell us. He had such a sense of humour.
We listened to Clayton Butt earlier tonight singing a song that Bill had actually written a few years ago. It spoke of his time in the St. John’s Fire Department. A part of it spoke of Bill’s carrying a young girl from a burning building. Gerald, my husband, worked with Bill and remembered that night well. He said Bill definitely saved the little girl’s life.

Our love and sincere condolences go out to you all.
Rest In Peace old friend . We’ll miss you.

Dave Carberry

Shirley and Family
So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


To Shirley and family,
I was saddened to hear of Bill’s sudden passing and sending condolences to all of you at this difficult time. I had many good chats with Bill when he would call the office to see how things were back home. He was a well-respected and gentle person and I remember how compassionate and dedicated he was to our volunteer fire department along with his fellow firefighters in the formation years of the department. They all had one common goal and that was to serve our community and they did it so well. When we met in person on his trips home, he would always leave by taking of his hat, rubbing his head and saying “In the words of the bald man – I am out of here (hair).” Rest easy, Bill. You will be fondly remembered by many.

Clyde Drover

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, rest eternal grant onto him oh Lord and May light perpetual while on him.


Uncle Bull left me with many great memories and a couple jokes. There is something great about having someone in this world that you have a mutual admiration. I know that I was not alone, he touched a great many lives with his kind, mischievous and humble nature. Nan and pop did something right when they raised their kids because they have a great crew. They must have taught him well because he and Aunt Shirly have some great kids and grandkids. My deepest sympathies lies with them at this time of sorrow. I love you all very much.

Jack, Christina, Aaron & Alexander

It is said that it is not the amount of days of life we have more important is the amount of life that we put into our days.

In this regard, Bill added life to many people’s days, both as a firefighter and as a person who always sought to put other’s needs ahead of his own interests or comfort. Bill was a friend and a mentor. He was my role model and a beloved uncle to our boys.

Before retiring from the fire department, Bill had a side gig driving motor homes from Ontario to Newfoundland, between shifts. I was in Nova Scotia with the Navy at the time and although he was on a tight schedule, yet there was always time for a break in Truro NS for a Timmies and a visit with me over a coffee before getting back on the road. Afterall, the Newfoundland ferry waits for no one. Bill never missed the boat, never missed a beat and never missed a shift. And he never missed a chance to do a good turn for another person. Until we meet again.

Donna Pinhorn & John Drover

Shocked to hear of Bills passing. Remembering the good times we shared in Spaniards Bay. He was a great community
member of our town as well as a great friend. Please accept our sincere condolences. John Drover and Donna Pinhorn.

Donna (smith)Bob Geach

Dear Shirley and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Gerald and Bill were always running back and forth between the houses playing ping pong and chess. Great memories growing up next door.

Catherine M. Kleinwort

Shirley, Janice, Ian, Todd & extended family members,
So sorry to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. Hold dear the many good memories as they will never fade.
Remembering the card games, the dinners we had over the past 15 years before you moved out west, great fun times, to be remembered by me. Hard to believe Bill passed 24 days after Gunter & 22 days after Bill, my brother-in-law, all who knew each other well. RIP Bill & have a great visit with your old buddy’s, friends & family.

Frank and Jeanette Deering

Shirley and the Barrett families.
We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish your precious memories and know he will always be in your hearts. He will never be forgotten. God Bless you all.
Frank and Jeanette Deering

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Shirley and Family,Myself and Patrick were so sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. We met Bill and his Family to Back side pond park , year 1988 at the Overflo with all His Friends from Spaniards Bay . We camped a lot up there and we all became Friends. We kept this Friendship through the Years. Bill you will never be forgotten. Bill You will always be remembered in our Prayers. Hugs to Shirley and all the Family. Please accept our deepest Sympathy. Love, Helen Patrick and Family.

Donald Noseworthy

Alfreda and I were sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great man who was always there to help and to shead a laugh on any problem We send condolences to his family and wish you to know he will always be remembered fondly.

Nancy Barrett

Shirl and family. I was shocked to hear of Bills passing. Another family member gone way too young. I am so sorry. I’m sure Terry and Bill are sitting down having a yarn.

Winnie Anthony-Moores

Shirley, Linda, Jack , Bob & families, So sorry to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. Sending my deepest sympathies to you all during this most difficult time. God Bless.

Jennifer Mills

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Barrett, Janice and the rest of the Barrett family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Love Jennifer (Drover) Mills and family

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