BARRETT, Basil J. – of Burton, Michigan, age 89, passed away Sunday, April 18th, 2021 at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Humane Society in Basil’s memory.
Basil was born in Flint, Michigan on October 28, 1931. The son of the late Ida (Jolicouer) and Michael Barrett. He was joined in marriage to Anne Ward on May 5th, 1952. Basil and Anne were among the founders of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Burton.
He retired from Buick Motor Division in 1991 after 42 years of service. He served the membership as a committeeman, shop committeeman and a national negotiator for the UAW. Basil represented all and was very proud of his service.
Basil’s crowning glory was his family. Together, with his wife Anne, they raised 11 children. He was a devoted father, not only to just his own children, but to the countless others that needed a safe place to stay with a strong family. He never expected anything in return but just asked to always pay it forward.
Basil loved animals. He insisted that even the smallest insect deserves a chance at life. His pups were his best friends. Basil’s wit and joking nature was welcomed by all and there will be a little less laughter in the world…but not in Heaven.
Basil leaves to cherish his memory, wife of 69 years, Anne, children; Cynthia Hnatiuk, Sandra McAllister, Karen Hagenbuch (Dale), Daniel Barrett, Laura Kinney, Maureen Haynes (Michael), Colleen Loafman (TJ), Matthew Barrett (Karen), his pup Ginger, his 27 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and countless friends whose life he touched, that also became family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his brothers and sisters, sons Timothy and Gregory, daughter Angela Stanton and her husband Robert, granddaughter Natalie Barrett and his three pups, Butch, Butch 2 and Blaze. His legacy of love and family will live on through us all.