Pierre Philip Barrette went to be with his heavenly father on June 21, 2014.
He was born on January 18, 1940, to Paul A. Barrette and Cecile A. Peloquin in St. Louis, MO. His parents and one son, Erich O. Barrette, predeceased him.
He married Linda Jane Jones on August 20, 1977. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Michael John Barrette, of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Matthew Paul Barrette, of Hadley, MA; three sisters, Pauline Barrette, of Seattle, WA, Patricia Kennedy, of Weymouth, MA, and Marieanne Sestito, of Hingham, MA; two brothers, John Pappalardo, of Duxbury, MA, and Mark Pappalardo, of Whitman, MA. He has five grandchildren, Paul D. Barrette, Herrin, IL, Jackie Barrette and Nicole Barrette, of West Frankfort, IL, Erich Barrette and Cynthia Barrette, of Port St. Lucie, FL; and two great grandsons, Kohen and Kollin, of West Frankfort. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He spent his life in education and received his BS, MS and EdD degrees from the University of Massachusetts. He also received a MSLS from the University of Rhode Island. He taught at the high school level before teaching at James Madison University and retiring from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a pioneer at incorporating microcomputer technology into the classroom.
Pierre was a member of the Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Fort Myers, FL. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from April 1957 at Boston Army Base, Mass., until December 1960 at McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, WA. At his discharge he had attained the rank of Airman 2nd class (A2C).
A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL.
Placement with military honors will follow in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gulf Coast Church of Christ Building Fund, 9550 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33966; or Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Online condolences and remembrances may be sent by visiting Pierre’s memorial page at http://www.fortmyersmemorial.com/obituaries/Pierre-Barrette/