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Martin J. Barrett, 91, retired Niagara County Community College administrator

Dec. 19, 1925 – April 3, 2017

Martin J. Barrett, of Amherst, a retired Niagara County Community College administrator, died April 3 in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, the second of 10 children, he attended Hutchinson Central High School and Lackawanna High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a fireman first class and during the Korean War as a machinist’s mate third class.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in administration from the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Barrett began his career as a social studies and math teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School in the Town of Tonawanda. After serving as assistant principal in Akron schools, he was an administrator in continuing education at Niagara County Community College for 23 years, retiring in 1987.

A longtime parishioner at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, he also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For many years, he worked as an usher and ticket taker for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

His wife of 59 years, the former Dorothy Magyar, died in 2007.

Survivors include a daughter, Rose Mary Sanger; a son, Martin; five sisters, Joan Dougherty, Lillian Krol, Mary Rustowitz, Florence Davern and Elizabeth Klopfle; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Christopher’s Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

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