Dwight Douglas Barrett, age 70, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, passed away Tuesday, February 5, of brain cancer. Doug was born on July 15, 1948, in Providence, Rhode Island, to parents Robert Barrett and Violet (Thomson) Barrett. He grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with his siblings, Robert, Martha, and Arthur. Doug had one daughter, Jennifer Barrett, with his first wife, Kathleen (Meenan) Spelman. He later married Marie (DiSpigno) Barrett on September 4, 1983, and they had another daughter, Meredith Barrett. Doug earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Rhode Island College, and his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Rhode Island. After 10 years as a landscaper for Kelly & Picerne, he worked for 25 years as a Librarian in Cranston public schools, including Waterman Elementary School, Hope Highlands Elementary School, Park View Middle School, and Cranston High School West. He was active in his parish, having been a member of the Church of the Transfiguration vestry and volunteering with the Ashes to Go project. Doug loved exploring, especially with his wife, Marie. They made trips to the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and through the Smoky Mountains, and abroad to the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Wherever he traveled, from Alaskan tundras to Icelandic volcanoes, he made a point to get outdoors and experience the wildlife. Back home, he was a member of the Rhode Island Audubon Society, and participated in many bird-watching walks as well as official species audits. Doug was especially fond of hiking and made use of many local trails, but his proudest achievement was climbing all 48 of the 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire. Doug is survived by his wife, Marie Barrett, children Jenn Barrett and Meredith Barrett, son in law Aaron DiGaudio, as well as his brother, Bob and sister in law Emily Barrett. He leaves behind many more beloved in-laws, nephews, nieces, and an expansive community of friends. A wake will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home (600 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI) on Friday, February 15, 4:00-8:00pm. The funeral will take place at the Church of the Transfiguration (1665 Broad St. Cranston, RI) on Saturday, February 16, at 10:00 am, officiated by Rev. Michelle Matott. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rhode Island Audubon Society and the Church of the Transfiguration. Special thanks to the oncology team at Rhode Island hospital for their year-long efforts in treating Doug, and to the warm and caring staff of West View Nursing Home, where Doug spent his last few months. With Doug’s untimely departure from this life, we take comfort in the motto he truly lived by: the journey is the destination. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Dwight Barrett, please visit our Tribute Store.
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Death notice for the town of: Cranston, state: Rhode Island