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Rock A"Rocky" Barrieau

Rock A. "Rocky" Barrieau, 59, of Ashburnham, formerly of Gardner, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Heywood Hospital of Gardner with his wife by his side, after being stricken ill at home.
Born in Gardner on March 18, 1957, he was the son of Jennie (Scarpa) Barrieau and the late Roger J. Barrieau.
Rock graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1975. He received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Wachusett Community College of Gardner in 2001.
Rock was a United States Marine Corps Veteran, and received the Rifle Expert Badge (2nd award), Meritorious Mast (3rd award) and the Good Conduct Medal.
Rock grew up in Gardner and spent his career in the city he loved. He began his employment with the City of Gardner as a Police Officer on May 18, 1987, and was appointed Deputy Chief in 1999. He served as the Gardner Police Department Union President and was Chairman of the Gardner Traffic Commission. Rock retired in 2013 after 26 years of service. He was awarded 'Officer of the Year' in 2013, and received a Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Achievement from the City of Gardner for Heroism Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. In 2014 Rock was awarded the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. Following retirement, he served as interim Police Chief with the town of Townsend from January 2016 through April 2016. Retired Deputy Chief Barrieau exemplified the true meaning of a public servant with his heartfelt service and dedication to the City of Gardner and the many people whose lives he touched.
He was a former member of the Gardner Rotary Club, former wrestling coach for Gardner High School, and was Chief Steward I.U.E. 262 at the former H & R. He was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner.
Rock enjoyed fishing, wood carving and working on home projects. He was an accomplished artist of both water colors and oil paintings. Rock was a huge fan and season ticket holder of the New England Patriots. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and guitar, and took great pride in his 1946 Chrysler Windsor. He loved spending time with his best friend, his dog "Otis", and treasured spending time with his family. Rock was a true gentleman, whose sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Besides his mother; he leaves his wife of nine years, Lynn M. (Tesconi) Barrieau of Ashburnham; daughter, Kathryn A. Nutting of Ashburnham; four brothers, Mark P. Barrieau and his wife Christine of Baldwinville, Matthew D. Barrieau of Athol, Andrew S. Barrieau and his wife Lori of Mequon, WI and Daniel J. Barrieau and his wife Kelli of Ludlow, MA; one uncle, Anthony B. Scarpa of CT; several nieces, nephews, great nephews; one great niece and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 17th from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be held at a later date in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, February 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. To protect Rock's family and friends from the elements, those attending calling hours are asked to report directly to Holy Rosary Church, which is directly across the street from Boucher Funeral Home, Inc. Small groups of people will then be escorted across the street to the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The CASA Project, Inc., 100 Grove Street, 4th Floor, Worcester, MA 01605, where Rock was Chairman of its Golf Tournament. Please reference in memory of Rock Barrieau.
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Visitation Details

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Friday, February 17th, 2017 12:30pm, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA

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Hard to believe it's been one year since he has passed, still hard to believe that this even happened. He was loved and respected by so many, he left a lasting impression on all he came in contact with....RIP Rock and (((HUGS))) to his family and friends.

Michele Herbert Cormier Feb 4 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Rock was a friend of mine. We worked on cases over the years and helped one another when I went to Gardner or He came to Fitchburg. we met at car shows when displaying our cars. I will miss seeing him this year. Good luck buddy. Ret. Det. Pete Kymalainen. Fitchburg P.D.

Peter A. Kymalainen Mar 9 2017 12:00 AM

Mark and Rocky were babies when they lived on the second floor at 50 Leamy St. Our grandparents lived on the first floor, and my family on the third floor. They both were early and easy pickings for my father's good natured teasing, something he tried to dish out equally among his nieces and nephews. As Rocky got older he developed a sharp sense of humor, deeper than most, more witty and observant than "tell a joke" funny. His early pictures portray a nerdy looking kid, but he gained a toughness not only of body but also of mind. Toughness, not meanness. A "straight shooter", you never had to guess what was on his mind, he'd tell you. That sense of honesty and honor is what made him such a special police officer, such a special person. I just read what I wrote above, and I see attributes that I would have listed for my father. They were alike in many ways. Rocky told me many times how much he admired my father, and I told him how very proud my father would have been to see not only what a great police officer he had become, but what a great man he had become. To his brothers, his wife and daughter, his relatives and friends: you can be proud, too. You were all a part of what made Rocky what he was and what, to us, he always will be.

Larry Barrieau Feb 20 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry Andrew but I have moved Rock to the top of the list of my "Favorite" Nephews. UT

Tony Scarpa Feb 19 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Rock Barrieau. Memories of the early years will never be forgotten. May the Lord comfort all who have been sorrowed by the passing of Rock Barrieau.

Bob and Linda Richard Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

Rock it was a true pleasure knowing you as a neighbor, friend and fellow Director & Vice President of Billy Ward Pond Inc.. May God bless you and yours and may you enjoy peace and eternal happiness forever.

George & Diane Cutting Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

The world just lost a member of one of the good guys. I knew Rock from the beginning of his career, he was true blue, and nothing but professional. Praying for his family.

Dale Prentiss Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

Rocky it was a privilege to have known you. Sending condolences and sympathy for your family and friends. Its been a long time since H&R.

Ernie & Linda Amidon Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies. Rock gave me my first ride in the back of a cruiser. We were walking home during a thunderstorm, and he picked us up and brought us home. I never forgot his kind gesture. He made a difference, and his loss is immense. God Bless you Rock, keep our Heavens safe. End of watch here on Earth.

Ann Savoie Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

Words cannot even begin to express just how heartbroken I am to have heard about Rock having passed away.Rock was such a sweet,funny, kind and dedicated man with a heart of gold who would do anything to help anyone in need,the world is never going to be the same without him in it. My heart goes out to his entire family and all of his friends and coworkers. I guess God must have needed a strong funny officer with a loving heart to guard heaven's gate.

Julie celona Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

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