Tony Barrett, pictured left, was loved and respected by the Salford community.

Tributes have been pouring in for well-known Salfordian, Tony Barrett, since the news of his passing was announced this weekend.

A beloved member of the community, Tony Barrett, passed away on Sunday 17th October.

His daughter, Catherine Barrett, wrote on his Facebook page: “Our wonderful & loving dad & Liz’s husband, Tony, sadly died suddenly in the early hours of this morning.

“We are shocked, numb and heartbroken right now, but we know how much Tony meant to so many people and wanted to share this sad news with you all.”

Mr Barrett was a teacher for many years and was heavily involved within the community during his free time.

A colleague of his, Wendy Sinclair, said, “I worked alongside Tony as a school governor for the last four years. He was clearly loved and respected by staff and young people alike. He will be greatly missed by many.”

During his lifetime, Tony Barrett was very influential among Salford youth, and was even the youth leader at Charleston Civic Youth Centre from 1979-1992.

Before assuming the youth leader position, he worked at the centre for about 8 years, where his love for youth work and guiding children outside of office hours grew.

Steve Velo Kilner, who used to DJ at the centre during this time said, “What a totally influential guy Tony was to a lot of youngsters back in the day.

“Fond memories of him, Salford has lost a big character and will be missed by so many, a legend of Salford”.

As time passed Mr Barrett found a love for nature, he visited Hollinwood Scout Camp often and was said to have followed their progress from the beginning.

He was also an avid photographer and found joy in snapping pictures of Salford and the nature around him.

Many enjoyed these pictures on Facebook as he shared them among the Salford community through groups, especially for Boothstown and Worsley, and started producing a calendar featuring his work due to high demand.

Community member Brandon Bailey said: “Tony’s photos made us realise what a beautiful place we live in and he brightened us all up.”

6 Comments

  1. He was my geography teacher at St Albert’s..but knew him outside of that for a lot of years a lovely man will be sadly missed 😢

  2. What a truly wonderful Teacher at St Alberts RC.
    Salford as lost a very special gentleman always interested in all of us 🥺

  3. Sue Pope Dooner

    My old geography teacher at St Alberts, what a kind and caring person Mr Barrett was, he made time for anyone who wanted to speak to him regardless. Will be very sadly missed. RIP 💔X

  4. Tracey Holmes

    Some of my best years were spent at Crommy Youth Club – Tony paved the way for Beak Dancers, graffiti artist and local bands to show their talents – he still attended the St Alberts School reunions and was a genuine guy who will be sadly missed

  5. Tracy tierney

    What a lovely gentle man he was, will be missed terribly, RIP Tony ❤️

  6. Amalia Berbas Reilly

    Mr Barrett was our school photographer at St Mary’s, he would always wish me good luck and congratulate me before and after every performance I did. I used to get so nervous but it was so comforting to see him smiling with his thumbs up throughout my performances. He took quite a few pictures of me singing at school events from year 7-11 and he’d print them off to give to my mum who has put them up around the house much to my resentment. Now I’ll always look at these pictures and think of you. The last time I spoke to him was Friday the 15th of October. He came up to me on the yard outside of PE to tell me about how parents had sent me such positive feedback after my performance for open day, he said “you’re amazing, don’t forget that”. Rest in peace Mr Barrett you are so loved, I will never forget you and the amount joy you brought to me and to the rest of our school community❤️

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