Barry H. Sweet

Barry H. Sweet

December 17th, 1955 January 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Barry H. Sweet

SWEET, Barry H., of Somerville, MA, formerly of Melbourne, Australia, and West Horsley, England, U.K., passed away unexpectedly at home on January 26th, 2020 at the age of 64. He is predeceased by his parents Olive (Lonsdale) Sweet and Robert Sweet of West Horsley, Sussex, England. He is survived by his wife Barbara Chitouras, who he married in 2007. He also leaves his sister Denise Sweet, of Cairns, Australia, and her partner Andrew Doolan, as well as cousins in the U.K. He was the caring brother-in-law of Theo (LeBlanc) Marston and Lee Marston, and doting uncle of Alexandra Marston. Barry attended Kingston College in England. While in the UK he worked at the BBC in London on such TV shows as "Doctor Who", "Poldark" and "Top of the Pops". He was a computer programmer at Loomis Sayles & Co. LP in Boston, where he worked for over 25 years. He was an avid and talented photographer and a passionate traveler, and he enjoyed combining these interests whenever possible. He traveled to North Africa, Thailand, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico and the American Southwest, among other places, as well as to what was perhaps his favorite place - Greece. Barry was a keen problem-solver at work and at home. He was always cheerful, capable, patient and welcomed a challenge. He was fun-loving and enjoyed an adventure. His interests ranged from sci-fi to technology to tiki culture and gadgets of all kinds. Barry had an easy laugh, a quick wit, and a genuine smile. He is remembered by all as an authentically kind and gentle man. He was a much-beloved husband, devoted brother and adored uncle and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, MA
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    Saturday, February 15th, 2020
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
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Marlene Schoening

Dearest Barbara. We're sorry we can't be there with you tomorrow for the service. You know you're in our heart and prayers. I hope the service will be a joyful tribute and embrace for his life and bring you the comfort of all those around who love and embrace you. Love and hugs, Marlene and Etienne
Comment | Posted at 06:27pm via Condolence


If I could only describe my uncle in one word, I would say that I can’t because there are just too many: Happy, bright, funny, smart, uplifting, caring, artistic, inspirational; patient, the list goes on. My uncle was a friend to everybody and inspired me to be more outgoing. Whenever he entered a room, a smile would light up on everyone’s face. He could make everyone laugh with his quick wit and funny remarks. He was Mr. Fix It for just about any problem we had, whether it be a malfunctioning printer or a car door that seemed to work just for him. He was always there to lend a hand or sneak away to pay for dinner. His heart was about as big as his camera collection…( and that’s huge.)
His photography skills were unlike anything I have ever seen. He opened up a whole new world of creative expression that I find myself taking part in almost every day. He inspired me to start taking pictures. I loved the complicated but simplistic perspectives that he took his photos in which is exactly how I take my own photos today. I’ve even started my own collection of cameras thanks to him. I’ll miss sharing that passion with him. I’ll miss our family dinners , spending holidays and vacations together, talking about the latest cool gadget, I’ll miss knowing he was there just to make things better. I’ll miss what he meant to this family and how much we loved him. Take Care Uncle Barry, and know you’ll never be forgotten and will always be loved… ~ Your Niece, Alexandra Marston
Comment | Posted at 10:16pm via Condolence

Chris Hill

Hi Barbara, we were so shocked to hear of Barry’s passing. We have many childhood memories visiting Auntie Olive and Uncle Bob at Christmas. Barry had a passion for making electrical goods and would show us the latest gadget he had built which fascinated us all. Barry always had a keen interest in art and photography and when he visited would show us his amazing photographs. We last saw Barry three years ago when he came for a meal and we reminisced about old times. He had a great sense of humour and always a story to make you laugh. Sadly we will be unable to make the memorial service but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Love from Sarah and Chris (Barry’s cousins in the UK). My daughter Emma and her husband Darrell also send their condolences.
Comment | Posted at 12:12pm via Condolence

C Wagner

To Barry's family and friends:
I worked with Barry over the last 19+ years and he was a good friend at work. We shared luncheons and stories of our pasts and fun, geeky things from our various interests in life. At work, we all are shocked and surprised at his sudden death and your loss. An observation I'd make is that Barry was a very lucky man: he lived a full and interesting life. We were lucky to have him and know him. He traveled, he had many varied hobbies and interests. He enjoyed time with everyone he spent it with. At work, he was focused on doing things right for the company and the client. I'll remember his stories of Philip Morris Australia, the BBC, and endless photographic and computer tools and toys that he showed me.
- Carl Wagner, Loomis
Comment | Posted at 11:12am via Condolence

Laurlene Hardy

Barry was definitely a kind sole and some I've know for over 20+ years, while working on several projects in our earlier years here at Loomis. Barbara we met at an art exhibit you and Barry attended. It was many, many years ago. Our Barry will surely be missed and my heart and prayers go out to you and the entire family. Barry you may now rest in peace.

Laurlene Hardy
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