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Retired WFD Captain Passes Away


Retired Westford Fire Department Capt. James “Jim” P. Barrett, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday February 6, while undergoing treatment at the Lowell General Hospital.

Barrett, age 61, was a 38 year veteran of the WFD and a longtime resident of Westford. Born in Malden to Richard and Marjorie Barrett, he grew up in Westford and attended Westford Academy, where he graduated in 1979. He later attended the University of Lowell (currently UMass Lowell), where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1983. He later received his master’s degree from Anna Maria College in 2010.

Upon graduating from college, Barrett joined the WFD as a firefighter and EMT. Here he would serve nearly four decades before earning the rank of captain in 2020. He would then retire from the WFD after his promotion, while continuing to support the WFD by mentoring young new members and writing a number of grants that benefited the WFD and the town of Westford.

Outside of his career with the WFD, Barrett was well known and well loved by Westford residents and was actively involved in the community. He was a family man, and could often be found spending time with his wife and kids at cookouts or in the pool.

He is survived by his wife Eileen, whom he has been married to for 29 years, and his kids James, Jr., Jennifer, and Julia, as well as his siblings, Richard, Mary Lou and Brian, and many beloved cousins. He will also be missed by his good friend Bernard Peloquin and his wife Judith.

The WFD released a statement via Facebook on Wednesday, February 9, honoring Barrett. Barrett’s funeral was held on Saturday, February 12, at St. Catherine’s Parish in Westford, where he was then buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorial contributions were made to the Westford Ambulance Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association Research Fund in Barrett’s memory.

Alex Svenson
Alex Svenson
Alex Svenson is a senior at Suffolk University and a reporter for WestfordCAT and NECN. He primarily covers local government meetings in Westford and updates from MA Rep. Arciero and U.S. Rep. Trahan. He also covers breaking news stories with a focus on police, crime, and social issues. When not reporting, Alex enjoys sports, music, films, and traveling.