David Robert Barrett

David R Barrett, 67, of South Hadley, MA passed away November 19th , 2021 at Holyoke Medical Center due to complications from COVID-19. He was born on September 13th , 1954 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Alistair and Christina (Ronald) Barrett. David lived in Scotland for most of his life. He moved to Ashland, MA in 2003 where he lived for 16 years before becoming a resident of South Hadley, MA in 2019. In June 2019, David retired as Head of Business Continuity Americas from Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he worked for them on both sides of the Atlantic for 47 years. David has influenced the development of many young lives from his over 32 years of dedicated service as a leader to The Boys Brigade in Edinburgh, (where he started as a young boy), The Boy Scouts of America where he was involved as a troop leader in Ashland, MA, as well as a youth soccer coach. He was an active Masonic lodge member for over 25 years at both Columbian Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Boston, and the Portobello Masonic Lodge No. 226 in Edinburgh. He was also active in his local community. Never one to sit still when he retired, David spent many hours in the garden and on long walks with Callie, his four-legged companion. He also took up the game of golf.


David gave every moment of his life to what he loved doing, but his family always came first. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Karen M. (Maisch) Barrett and their two children, Craig Barrett of Stoneham, MA and Jennifer Barrett who attends Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley. He is also survived by his twin sister, Linda Archibald and her husband, Ian, of Scotland and close family from both sides of the Atlantic, who have all shared his love.


Walk through calling hours will be held at the Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm followed by a closing Masonic Service to begin at 6:45 pm. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 3:00 pm in the funeral home. The service on Dec. 1st will be live-streamed for those who are not able to attend in person.  Please copy and paste the link in your brower to view at 3:00pm  https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/7472265318. Due to the circumstances surrounding David’s death, the family is requesting that for calling hours and the service, that everyone be respectful of those in attendance. We ask that everyone wear face masks, follow social distancing guidelines, as well as refrain from embracing with the family and others for everyone's safety. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of David Barrett to support Dr. Matthew Davids’ CLL Research Fund or to Berkshire Hills Music Academy.


Donation information

Dana Farber: Donation by check made payable to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168,

Dr. Matthew Davids’ CLL Research Fund Boston, MA 02284. To donate online, please go to the Labs website at Davidslab.dana-farber.org Click “Support Us”.


Berkshire Hills Music Academy: Donation by check: 48 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley MA 01075. To donate online, please go to berkshirehills.org/giving