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Raymond J. Barrett, Metro Rail project master mechanic <br> May 20, 1926 -- Feb. 12, 2009

Raymond J. Barrett, a master mechanic on the Metro Rail project, died Thursday in his Eden home after a long illness. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Barrett graduated from Buffalo Diocesan Labor College with a degree in labor management.

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Barrett began working for Local 17, International Union of Operating Engineers, as an operating engineer in 1949. He was a master mechanic on the Metro Rail project and worked on Gowanda State Hospital and the West Valley Nuclear Plant, his family said.

He retired in 1986. Three years later, he was awarded a life membership from the union.

Mr. Barrett was a member of the Model "A" Restorers Club, and his hobbies included hunting, fishing and restoring vintage automobiles. In addition, he volunteered for Erie County Special Olympics and Gliding Stars.

His wife, Mary Wright Barrett, died last May.

Surviving are two sons, Robert and Joseph; seven daughters, Susanne White, Anne, Patricia Hartman, Mary Forness, Diane Knoll, Teresa Evenden and Kathleen; and three sisters, Anne Marie, Rosemary Knott and Maureen MacVittie.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Eden.

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