Barrett, John James a 80 year resident of Gardena passed away suddenly in a car accident on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in San Bernardino. Born in Novato, California, John was 80 when he died. John had served in the Navy during WWII. John was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and had been a teacher for over 30 years. Left to mourn his passing is his sister, Mary Kelly; brother-in-law Andy Shields; nieces Maureen (Mike) Durkin, Sue (Desi) Harty and Judy Shields; great-niece, Megan Harty and great-nephews Brian and Rory Harty; cousins Billy, Tommy and Pat McMonagle along with many loving second cousins who always remembered to include him. John was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Barrett; his sister, Sara Shields and his cousins, Jim, Joe and Rosemary McMonagle. A gathering of family & friends will be held Sunday, March 19 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McMillan & McCormick Mortuary, 1016 W. 164th Street in Gardena with Rosary Services beginning at 7:30 PM in the Mortuary Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 20 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1050 W. 163rd St. in Gardena. A reception will follow from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Mortuary's Reception Room. Cremation with private graveside services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. To send the family a message, share a memory, for directions to services, or to view the online video tribute please go to the mortuary's website,

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  1. Several fond memories come to mind of Mr. Barrett’s ’59 and ’60 classes; albeit bow tie, characteristic flat-top, “tuck in your shirt, sir”, or his unconscious method of providing a math answer as he habitually tossed the chalk in his hand while patiently waiting for the raised hands signalling completion to the equation.

  2. I remember “Mr. Wren and Chronological Order ” as staples in my 5th grade class at Chapman Avenue Elementary. I can also recall well where I was the day President Kennedy was shot… Mr. Barrett’s class. He did a fine job of comforting us that day. He also skipped my brother Tony 2 years earlier. To all of Mr.Barrett’s family and friends, he was a marvelous teacher.

  3. When recalling my early years in school I invariably think of Mr. Barrett. As an educator he had a profound effect on my life. (though I didn’t realize it at the time)When my 4 brothers and I would get together to recall our days at Chapman Ave. Elementary School, Mr. Barrett’s name was foremost as the teacher that made an positive impact on us all. I remember his admonishment to, “Dress up the line gentlemen.” and his directions, “The class will ‘rendezvous’ in the courtyard and then proceed to the auditoriium.” Those memories are the things that we hold dear to us now. I believe that he would be amused (thinking of my classroom behavior) to know that I am now a teacher.

  4. Here in my office at home is a wall covered with class pictures. Two of those pictures are of Mr. Barrett. My wife’s class, November 1959 and my class in October 1960. I see his face every day. What a great teacher. We had 33 of us in our class and will never forget this man. He made young adults of us and in February 1961 sent us off to Perry Jr. High. Chapman Avenue School rules and so did Mr. Barrett. God Bless you Mr. Barrett.

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting John and getting to know him just a little bit this past October at a parish retreat. What a nice memory. I am happy that he was close to the Lord and hope that he is sharing eternity with Him now.

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