Paddy J. Barrett, 64, passed away suddenly on Thursday Dec. 27, 2012, at his home.
Paddy was born in Aurora on Aug. 9, 1948, the son of John and Arlene (Pettinger) Barrett.
He attended Kaneland schools, until his sophomore year, before transferring to West Aurora High School. After graduating high school in 1966, Paddy attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonee, Wis. He was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity and the Veterans Association.
In June 1969, Paddy was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country until September 1970.
In December 1972, Paddy went to a sorority party. While at the party, a young lady by the name of Debra Rodencal caught his eye. After two years of courtship, Paddy and Debra were wed on June 15, 1974. They made their home in Kaneville for most of the 38 years they were married.
For over 30 years, Paddy did what he loved. He was a union member and was a “jack of all trades.” He did everything from operating heavy machinery to specialized trade work.
He was a life time member of Harley Owners Group (HOG).
Paddy, strong willed and hard working, was the quintessential Irish man. He loved to spend time “tinkering” around. If you had something that stopped working, Paddy was the person who could fix it for you. Some of his hobbies included building a motorcycle, and stock car racing. He enjoyed watching his Green Bay Packers and especially picking on his buddies when they beat the Bears.
Paddy had a passion like no other when it came to motorcycles. “The Mad Hatter” could be found riding the open road on his ‘Old 95’ any chance he had. Although his passion for motorcycles was strong, there was nothing more important than his family. He was devoted to his children and his grandchildren. They are his greatest legacy that he leaves behind.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Deb Barrett; son, Casey (Abbie) Barrett; daughter, Kiara Barrett; two grandchildren, Grace and Gunner Barrett; mother, Arlene Barrett; sister, Nancy Barrett; brother, Tracy Barrett; and a host of family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, John; sister, Kathy; and brother, Larry.
Visitation was held Dec. 29 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. The family hosted a remembrance service following visitation. Private family interment was held at a later date following cremation.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Paddy’s name to benefit the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Checks may be made to DAV and mailed to P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250, or through their website, www.DAV.org. Tributes may also be forwarded to: P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119, or through the website www.conleycare.com.