John Charles Patrick Barrett, 57, of Madison, AL, passed away on May 4, 2022, after a serious heart incident.
John was born on October 1, 1964, to Robert and Jane Barrett in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. He met his dad, the man who raised him, George R Pattinson in 1967. After John graduated from Marine City High School in 1982, he went on to study Computer Programming at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
He joined the United States Army in 1984. His first occupational specialty was Tow and Dragon Missile repair which took him to Redstone Arsenal, AL and Korea. John transferred to Satellite Communications in 1986 and met his wife Kelly O’Donnell at Fort Gordon, GA. They went on to have two children, Colin Barrett and Honor Barrett.
During his time working Satellite Communications in the U.S. Army, John served not only in the United States but, in Berlin, FRG, Bad Aibling, FRG, and Saudi Arabia. In 2004, John retired from the U.S. Army where he worked in the Office Chief of Signal (OCOS). He returned to OCOS the next day as a Contractor with Engineering Solutions and Products (ESP).
John always remembered his time at Redstone Arsenal, AL fondly and in 2012, he moved to Madison, AL, where he returned to his love of computers. He worked at Redstone Arsenal in Cyber Security. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 for Information Systems Management from The University of Maryland.
John was a true Renaissance man with varied interests ranging from cooking, fishing and hunting to motor cycling, but his favorite was spending time with family and friends. His pool parties were legendary, and he loved to treat everyone to his gourmet cooking.
John was predeceased by his Dad, George R Pattinson, his grandparents, Isabel and Nelson Zimmer. He is survived by his wife, Kelly O’Donnell, and their children, Colin Barrett and Honor Barrett, his mother, Jane H. Pattinson, his sister, Elizabeth Barrett, and his brother Patrick Michael Barrett (Linda) as well as nieces and nephews.
John was an amazing person with many outstanding qualities. He never realized how much he touched everyone around him. His passing leaves a large hole in many lives, and he will be missed so very much.
Services will be held at Legacy Chapel on May 8, 2022, at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests everyone get their cholesterol checked.