Barrett Snow passed away at age 72 of complications related to COVID-19 at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth on Feb. 8, 2021. He and his twin brother Brian were born to J. Frederick and Mildred Snow on April 10, 1948, at the Blue Hill Hospital.
Barrett was a graduate of George Stevens Academy, after which, under the apprenticeship of his father, he embarked on a lifetime career as an electrician. Barrett worked for the Rosemyer Gas Co., Kerramerican Mines Corp., and with his brother Michael Snow, Master Electrician. For Industrial Welding and Machine of Portland, he worked up and down the New England coast from Searsport to Rhode Island, maintaining and repairing ship engines for the U.S. Navy, USCG and foreign ships as well. At one time, Barrett was working on a ship that left port unexpectedly, leaving him stranded onboard, without a passport, for a full two weeks. It was only after Sen. Edmund Muskie intervened that Barrett was able to be safely brought, after sailing all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and back through rogue waves, to shore in New York, where he was welcomed by his father along with several Immigration officers. Barrett next worked for Acadia Resorts as a maintenance technician, where he was well liked and respected personally and professionally for his array of skills. He also worked for his son, Barrett Jr., who owned a boat building business in Providence, R.I., doing the electrical work.
Barrett (lovingly called Sugarbear) became a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where he found love and acceptance beyond his imagination. He helped his fellow AA members by driving hundreds of miles transporting them to and from meetings and sharing his stories. He would spend hours repairing furnaces and appliances for members out of the goodness of his heart.
Barrett was predeceased by his parents, J. Frederick and Mildred Snow, twin brother Brian Snow, brother Timothy Snow and niece Heidi Lynn Beal. He is survived, and will be greatly missed, by his son Barrett Snow Jr. of Allston, Mass.; grandson Harrison Snow of New York City; his aunt Judy Goodwin (Tom) of Seal Cove; sisters Nanette Beal of Blue Hill (with whom he shared a home in Trenton for many years), Lucy Astbury (Brian) of Orland, Katherine “Kitty” Peasley (Greg) of Brooksville; brothers Michael Snow (Jan) of Blue Hill and Jeffrey Snow of Blue Hill. He is also survived by nieces Terry Snow, Lucy Leighton, Casey McGraw (Joseph), Samantha Pickering (Christopher) and Kari Meillat (Guillaume); and nephews Shane Leighton, Donald Wasserman-Beal (Nick) and Jonathan Snow, as well as his many cousins; and special friend Maryann Ogonowski.
There will be a celebration of life for Barrett next summer. Donations in memory of Barrett may be made to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St., Ellsworth.
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com.