William Richard Barrett

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Barrett, William R. (Bill) Bill Barrett, a 29-year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2009 in Torrance. Bill was born in Carnegie, PA on August 9, 1930. He graduated from Saint Francis de Sales high school in McKees Rocks, PA and recently was Master of Ceremony at its 60th Reunion. Bill served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the 6147th Tactical Control Group, known as the Mosquitos. He remained active in the Mosquitos, attending their annual reunions and editing their quarterly newsletter, The Mosquito News, for over 13 years. Bill received his BSBA from the University of Redlands, and for over 30 years he was employed writing proposals and marketing communications for the aerospace industry, including Northrop and Hughes. Bill enjoyed horse racing and during the early 1980s owned an interest in several racehorses, including Oriental Champ, who won races at local tracks. He enjoyed playing cards and for many years was Pinochle Chairman at the Manhattan Beach Seniors Club. Bill enjoyed watching sporting events and was an avid fan of both UCLA Basketball and the Los Angeles Dodgers. When Bill retired in 1992, he and his wife, Barbara, enjoyed traveling. Together, they visited over 20 countries and most of the United States. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Barrett of Manhattan Beach, CA; sister, Pat Wadlow, of Las Vegas, NV; brother, Joseph Barrett of Laguna Woods, CA; son, Bill Barrett of Santa Barbara, CA; daughter, Colleen Rickman of Santa Barbara, CA; step daughters, Margaret Friedmann of Costa Mesa, CA; Leslie Goodbody of Sacramento, CA; step son, Alex Goodbody, Hermosa Beach, CA; and 13 grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends for a memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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  1. Bill was a fellow “Mosquito” from the Korean War. He was Editor of the highly regarded Mosquito Association newsletter for many years. Bill was a valued friend and will be greatly missed by all his fellow Mosquitos. All honor to his name!

  2. T the Barrett Family, We are very sorry to hear of Pat’s brother and Linda’s Uncle’s passing. We were friends of the Pa. Barretts for many years. You have our deepest sympathy.Lois and Lawrence Weyandt.

  3. To my dear uncle who always remembered me. Rest in peace Uncle Bill. and Aunt Barbara I want to thank you, also ,for always being so kind to me. Your niece, Linda

  4. Barbara – We’re sorry to hear about Bill. He was a gentleman and a good friend. We went to our first reunion the same year you and he went, 1987. We had some good times.

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