Former Oakville Mayor Passes Away


A former Oakville Mayor has recently passed away. 

Former Oakville Mayor, and World War II veteran, and plumber, Harry Barrett, has passed away at 93.

Barrett passed away in his home in Oakville on Nov. 30.

Some of Barrett’s greatest accomplishments, despite travelling the world and fighting overseas, happened in Oakville.  

He served as the chairman of the Oakville Planning Board in the 1960s, and was elected as the Town’s 42nd mayor from 1973 to 1985.

Barret tintroduced a town policy to buy up parkland for public use. 

In addition, in the early 1980s, he helped found the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District.

Barrett was a member of both the Oakville Historical Society and the Oakville Heritage Committee. 

In 2012 the town honoured his civic leadership by creating the Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System.

Later, in 2016, Barrettwas awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Award by the National Trust for Canada.

According to the Town of Oakville’s website, Barrett’s family says, “The greatest gift you could give Harry would be to continue to care about Oakville, its culture, its spirit and its heart.”

The funeral service will be held today, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at St. John’s United Church, 262 Randall St., Oakville.

Photo is courtesy of the Town of Oakville’s Twitter page.

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