Bart Albert Barré, 79, died on March 6, 2017 with his wife of 52 years, Carolkay, by his side. He was a devoted husband and a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. Bart was a friend to everyone he met, a truly caring person who made the world better because he was in it.
Bart was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1937 to Henri and Dorothy BarrÃ©. He grew up in the Midwest, moving to Maplewood, New Jersey his senior year in high school. Bart was a man of many and diverse talents. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, he joined his father and uncle at The Barré Company in Linden, New Jersey. Ultimately Bart became the CEO and devoted almost 30 years to the Company before leaving to pursue another passion â the law. Bart graduated from Seton Hall School of Law in 1992. Bart went on to become the municipal public defender and judge in his hometown of Mountainside and practiced law for almost 15 years before retiring. After retirement Bart continued to volunteer as a Mediator and Arbitrator for the State of New Jersey, Division of Consumer Affairs, ADR Unit in Newark. Bart also continued to serve on the Board of the Watts Foundation in Mountainside and was an active supporter of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, including decades managing the Alpha Chapter house at Penn.
Bart was very civically minded, serving in the Army National Guard of New Jersey and always working to make the community in which he lived and raised his children a better place. Bart was extremely active in Rotary International, always heading out to distribute dictionaries at Deerfield, drop off Angel gifts at the Salvation Army in Plainfield or collect sewing machines and bicycles to ship to communities in need. Bart served as a member of the Mountainside Borough Council, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Board of Education. He was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside, serving multiple terms on the Board of Trustees and Session and serving the church in a myriad of small quiet ways. When his children were young, Bart was active in Mountainside Little League, Mountainside Midget Football, Cub Scouts, Jonathan Dayton Choral Parents Society, and the Thomas J. Ricciardi Scholarship Fund, Inc.
When not in Mountainside, Bart loved being in Stone Harbor. Never sitting still, even on vacation, he was active in the Realty Owners Association.
Bart is survived by his wife, Carolkay, his daughter Lisa Barré-Quick and husband Stephen, his son Bart Barré and wife Cathy, his three beloved grandchildren Maclaine, Emily, and Christopher, and his German Shepherd Grace. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Bart's life to the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey, 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ 08016-3896, njmasonicgiving.org or Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside Youth and Music Programs, 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside, NJ 07092.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bart's life at Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside on Sunday, March 19th at 1 p.m. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Home, Westfield. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences.