Oakland, Maine- Earl Richard Barrett, 82, died peacefully Sunday, May 8, 2016 surrounded by loving family at Mount St. Joseph nursing home in Waterville, Maine.\r\n \r\nEarl, “Bossy” Barrett, was born in Oakland, Maine on September 9, 1933 the son of Roy and Doris (Mayo) Barrett.\r\n\r\nEarl graduated from Williams High School, Class of 1952. He entered the U.S. Navy, serving as a radio operator for mine sweeping during the Korean War. He was a former member of the Decker Simmons Post American Legion.\r\n \r\nIn 1982, he met Beverly Burgess Wentworth, the love of his life, and they were married on November 4th. Earl was employed for 27 years by Keyes Fibre Company, working his way up through the ranks in the mill to floor supervisor before retiring in 1984. His skills not going unnoticed, when sent to help start up paper mills overseas in France and in Alabama.\r\n \r\nAfter leaving Keyes, Earl took up auto body work and painting out of his own home for a few many years. He was an avid gardener and soon he and his soulmate Bev opened, “Bev and Earl’s” vegetable stand on Alpine Street in Oakland, Maine. For many years they enjoyed the Summer and Fall patrons stopping in to get their weekly fill of vegetables and catching up on current events. Many a day did he spend tending to the garden to make sure everything was fresh.\r\n \r\nEarl loved deer hunting and fishing with his family and taught these skills to his children as they grew into young adults. He always enjoyed chasing and hunting rabbit with his children and beagle dog, “Snoopy." His love of fishing, and Bev’s dream of seeing Alaska, took them on a cross country vacation during the late 90’s, where he spent some of his spare time catching red salmon and halibut.\r\n\r\nEarl was a great chef and loved to cook, or possibly “overcook” for his family and friends. Summer BBQ’s always consisted of plenty of fresh vegetables, corn on the cob cooked over the open fire, chicken and steak. If you ever were present during meals you never went away hungry, and there was never a shortage of food on the table.\r\n\r\nA 65 year resident of Oakland, Maine, Earl and Bev moved to the “woods” in Harmony 16 years ago. Enjoying many years of feeding the deer throughout the winter months.\r\n\r\nSurviving are his wife of 34 years, Beverly (Burgess) Barrett; children, Doreen Smith and Donnie of Sidney, Maine, Roy Barrett of Harmony, Maine, Rick Barrett of Oakland, Maine, Roger Barrett of Oakland, Maine, Richard and Deborah Wentworth of Oakland, Maine, Daniel and Lisa Wentworth of Waldoboro, Maine, Jim and Cheryl Wentworth of Sidney, Maine, and Jerrilynn and Tim Levinsailor of Sangerville, Maine. As well as an abundance of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. \r\n\r\nBesides his parents, Earl was predeceased by a brother Rodney and wife Gail Barrett (survived), and a sister Elizabeth and Robert Kivilin.\r\n\r\nThere will be no services at this time. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mount Saint Josephs Waterville, Maine.