Let the memory of Barrett be with us forever
  • 36 years old
  • Born on June 21, 1977 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on October 7, 2013 in Sanibel, Florida, United States.

This memorial site has been created in memory of D. Barrett Anding, who was lost to us so suddenly on Monday, October 7, 2013.  We hope to grow the site as a way of remembering Barrett; a loving Father, Husband, Son, Brother and Friend.  We encourage you to post not only a short tribute below, but please take the time to share any stories, photos or videos that you have of Barrett by clicking the "Stories" tab above.  In addition to being a way for us all to remember Barrett, these will be saved for his daughter Jacqueline to reflect on as she gets older.  Cards and letters can be mailed to Jaqueline and Dayna at 6447 Pine Avenue, Sanibel FL 33957

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the education account that has been set up for Barrett & Dayna's daughter, Jacqueline.  Checks should be made out to "Jacqueline Anding" and can be mailed to Joe or Leslie Anding, 291 Ferry Landing, Sanibel FL 33957.   The memo field on the check should ONLY SAY "Jacqueline" on it.

Additionally, donations can now be made via credit card or PayPal account and processed securely through PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account to contribute).  We are trying to resolve a technical issue that is preventing us from adding the the PayPal "Donate Button" to this page.  In the mean time, you can still make credit card and PayPal donations by clicking on the link below.  If you choose to make a contribution via credit card, you will receive an error if that same card is associated with an existing PayPal account.


We truly appreciate all of the kind Tributes, Stories and Photos that have been added to this site.


Posted by Michael & Elizabeth Purse... on June 24, 2019
Always so sorry for your loss Joe and Leslie. And also so sorry I missed you in Sanibel. Hope to see you next year. All the best.- Elizabeth
Posted by Betty Shore on June 20, 2019
Seems like yesterday we watched you playing baseball as a young boy in Berlin. Meeting your family in Germany was one of the highlites of our next 20+ years. We miss you! Happy Birthday tomorrow Barrett!
Posted by Betty Shore on June 22, 2018
always thinking about you!
Posted by Betty Shore on June 21, 2017
Wishing Barrett a Happy 40th Birthday way up there in heaven. When I think about Barrett I see his smiling face and his beautiful blue eyes and his baseball uniform he wore in Berlin. RIP dear Barrett we miss you!
Posted by Peter Savage on October 7, 2016
Dayna, Jacqueline, Leslie, Joe, and Devon, I hope our warm thoughts for Barrett and your whole family help on this difficult day. Thankful for knowing him and think of him every time I make or serve his "Chowder" at the East End Deli. Miss playing poker with him as well. Take Care.
Posted by Elise Hall on October 7, 2016
Allan and I share your sadness on this day of memory in Barrett's honor.
Elise and Allan Hall
Posted by Kathryn Mullan on October 7, 2016
Dear Joe, Leslie, Devan, Brian and Jacqueline,
   You have all been in my heart and on my mind these last few weeks. I miss you all so much and especially Barrett. He was such a shining star and he is shining much brighter in Heaven.
Posted by Peter Savage on October 7, 2015
Dayna, Jacqueline, Leslie, Joe, and Devon my thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Peter S.
Posted by Nate Baynes on October 7, 2015
Like most days I remember Barrett today. Today I remember him for giving the best bear hugs, or as we called them, Barrett hugs. So, a great big Barrett hug today for everyone as we remember one of the best. Always in our hearts. Love u B
Posted by Kirsten Fleisher on October 7, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Andings on this sad anniversary date.
Posted by Betty Shore on June 21, 2015
Thinking about Barrett today on his birthday!!!!!!!!!!! June 21,2015
Posted by Betty Shore on October 7, 2014
I didn't know until this summer that Barrett had a favorite flower! It is the sunflower and I think that is fitting since the first time Brrett came to visit our family state side was when we lived in Kansas and the Kansas State Flower is the Sunflower. It reminds me of his smile always sunny and bright. I don't know what we would have done without the Anding family when we moved to Berlin Germany! That is where we all met and became immediate friends. Barrett and sister Devan where a breathe of fresh air not to mention Leslie and Joe! We will miss him forever!
Posted by Betty Shore on June 21, 2014
I know today is a tough one for you all! It is Barretts birthday and we all miss him! Happy Birthday to Barrett!
Posted by Tiffany Nork on June 21, 2014
Thinking of you today on your birthday Barrett! I'll never forget it, the summer solstice. Miss and love you!
Posted by Kathryn Mullan on June 21, 2014
I will always remember Barrett"s infectious smile and the way he always made me feel that I was an important part of his life. He had the ability to make everyone that he knew feel special.
Posted by Carole Edwards on April 30, 2014
Dear Joe and Leslie, 

Joe, I am an old friend of yours -- Carole Walters - and I came across Leslie's FACEBOOK quite by accident and learned that you lost your beloved son Barrett last year. I just want to say how very sorry I am. We lost our beloved son Keith over 25 years ago when he was 21 years old, so I KNOW the grief and suffering you are going through. I can only tell you that as the years go by the suffering does get less; and most importantly, you will see the Lord use the loss of your son in many different ways in your lives -- I know that sounds impossible at this point of your loss, but it is true. The most important thing of all is to KNOW that Barrett is with the Lord and you WILL see him again.
I also lost my husband Johnny last year after a long illness. His passing was a blessing as he had suffered for many years. I'm so happy that he's now with the Lord and no longer in pain.  Maybe one day we can get together as I live in Ormond Beach -- just south of Port Orange where your daughter lives, if my information is correct.

God bless you both,

Carole Edwards
Posted by Emily Christianson on March 27, 2014
Just signed up to run my first marathon through your back yard in Bucks County this November. I am dedicating my run to you, Devan and your parents!
Posted by DArlyne Saldan on October 23, 2013
I am so sad to hear the news of Barrett's passing. I have so many fond memories of him in my class at Sol Feinstone. He had an infectious smile and made me smile so much with his wonderful sense of humor! I am sure he is smiling down on all of us now. Love, Darlyne
Posted by Marc Weinman on October 21, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear the shocking news of Barrett's passing. I knew Barrett from summers spent on Fire Island. My deepest condolences to his Family.
Posted by Margaretha Wexler on October 17, 2013
Your sad story begins with Barretts' passing in the prime of his life.
Leaving a wonderful small family, mom, dad and a sister. Why? We earthlings don't have the answer.Out thoughts are with you, much love Margaretha Wexler, NJ WWI Chapter
Posted by Sarah Murdoch on October 16, 2013
My deepest condolences to Leslie, Joe, Dynea, & Jacqueline on such
a devestating loss. May You go forth with strength and determination
and many happy memories.
Posted by Jeanne Annarelli on October 15, 2013
I saw the notice of Barrett's passing on the Prep website. My son graduated in '97. Leslie, I remember your passion for Second Hand Joe's and the story you told of Barrett starting out in a size 14 Boy's jacket as a freshman and ending up as a senior in a 2XX.
There are no words to express my sorrow for you and your family...my deepest condolences. God Bless you all.
Posted by Anne Wasse-Lyon on October 14, 2013
Dear Leslie and Joe, our deepest sympathies to you and your family.We are thinking of you all.Pete and Anne Lyon
Posted by Richard Selph on October 14, 2013
Joe & Leslie - so very sorry to hear about your loss. We can only imagine how difficult this is. We are thinking of you.
Rich and Ann
Posted by Marie Carrino on October 13, 2013
The pictures of your family show the deep love you have for each other. Our prayers are for you and Dayna and Jacqueline. We pray that you can feel all the prayers and thoughts coming to you from so many people.
Posted by Shirley Bohnert on October 12, 2013
What a beautiful tribute to Barrett this morning at the Mass at St. Isabel's. Such an outpouring of love by so many shows how much Barrett meant to so many. May that memory be a comfort to you in days to come. God bless you all.
Posted by Kelly Koerpel on October 12, 2013
"With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth, a part of me is buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world." 
~ Helen Keller
Posted by Marietta Burton on October 12, 2013
I'm deeply sorry and saddened by the loss of your dear son. Another bright star illuminates the heavenly universe and shines down on those he loved so dearly. Treasure the good times and memories, and know he will live on through the little daughter he loved so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by Tyler & Sue Schoenherr on October 12, 2013
We are grieved to hear of your loss and extend to you our most sincere sympathy on Barrett’s death. This is--and will be--so hard. We hope all the years of love and memories will be a comfort to you. “Memory is the only the only friend of grief”--Rumer Godden. 
Sanibel Shellcrafter Friends
Posted by Michelle Mandelman Wildes on October 11, 2013
I am so deeply saddened by Barrett’s passing. We loved and cared for him so much. His joy, his radiant energy, his bear hugs... 
My heart breaks for you all, and the pain you are enduring. It is incomprehensible to me. I will pray for peace and comfort for your family and all who loved Barrett. He will forever be in my thoughts and heart.
Posted by Elaine Weiss on October 11, 2013
Leslie, Joe, Devan, Dayna, and Jaqueline,
There is no way to even begin to comprehend what you are all going through. The only hope is that the thoughts and prayers of others and your own faith will help you get through this horribly tragic time. Barrett was as special as his parents and sister and will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Janet Murray on October 11, 2013
Barrett was a great friend and part of our 'Seafood Factory' gang. I will never forget the laughter and antics that occurred daily. He was so happy to have found the love of his life and become a husband and father. Dayna and Jacqueline, I hope the days ahead bring healing memories and lots of support for you and your family.
Posted by Toni Schell on October 11, 2013
Dearest friends, Leslie, Joe, Devon,Dayna and Jacqueline,
Your loss and sorrow cannot be measured. We pray for your strength
during this devastating time.. May the sweet memories of Barrett's 
life sustain you now and forever. Love, Harry and Toni
Posted by Lauren Kowalewski on October 11, 2013
My heart aches for you all during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Anding family. I have fond memories of Barrett and he was always such a wonderful person just like his parents and sister. My family and I will continue to pray for you all.
Love, Lauren Schell Kowalewski
Posted by Deborah Spiropoulos on October 11, 2013
My deepest condolences. I am so very sad for all. I dont know why things happen but somehow have to believe in the bigger plan of life. I am here for you to cry or talk with anytime.  My heart is so heavy and my prayers are with you.
Posted by Marcy Albright on October 11, 2013
Barrett... what a good friend! Always looking out for those he cared about, full of spunk, a hot head at times, but only because he was so passionate! Some of my memories.. Not letting me drink cherry bombs any more, because he knew how toxic they were, always asking me how my life was going, introducing me to Dayna and Jacqueline. A genuine person with a big heart. RIP my friend.
Posted by Philipp Bloetz on October 11, 2013
Barrett, ich werde Dich aufrichtig vermissen! Deine Gradlinigkeit, Aufrichtigkeit und Deinen Humor werde ich für ewig in meinem Herzen tragen - "Alles klar, keiner weiß bescheid"

Dein Freund Philipp.
Posted by Susan Carpluk Athing on October 10, 2013
"The Tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand, the sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land , the music stops ,and yet echoes on in sweet refrains..for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains......" there are no words, just know all your friends and those Barrett touched are there for you. We are sooo sorry for your loss. Luv, Susan & Andy
Posted by Nancy Butcher on October 10, 2013
Words can't describe the shock I felt at the news of Barrett's very untimely passing. He was a true friend to so many. We shared a love for food and he encouraged me to chase my dream in going to culinary school just as he did. His spirit, I know will live on through Dayna and Jacqueline, and through all of us who loved him so.
Nancy Sobel Butcher
Posted by Marc Rocca on October 10, 2013
We were all shocked and saddened to here the news. Our deepest condolences to you during this sorrowful time.
Posted by Bob Kramm on October 10, 2013
Barrett, Dayna, and Jacqueline...as a co-worker with Barrett, I can attest to his professionalism and dedication to our mission and to his very positive impact on our quality and our market success. In remembering him, we will, also, be remembering your love and support for him during the many long hours away from home. Truly, his "glow" was a reflection... a reflection of a happy home.
Posted by Bob Mckee on October 10, 2013
Another Prep brother shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Barrett. He had such a great attitude and outlook on life. It may have been many years since we last crossed paths, but his smile and laugh will not be forgotten. Sincerest condolences to the family.
Posted by Liliana Mancini on October 10, 2013
Dearest Joe & Leslie, Paul & I are truly sorry for the loss of your beloved son Barrett.
We will keep you & your family in our prayers.
The only joy in this tragic loss is that He is in Heaven.
I would like to think that God needed His help...Maybe He will be feeding all the angels in Heaven.
Posted by Chris Day on October 10, 2013
Though our time was short, it was memorable.
His love of life touched all that he met.
The world has lost a great man.
My thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Susan Nelson on October 10, 2013
There are no adequate words to express our feeings and our sympathies. What a horrible shock for all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. May happy memories and your faith sustain you. 
Sue and John Lawson
Posted by Marie And Ed Duess on October 10, 2013
We offer our sincerest condolences to you, Joe and Leslie, and to your family. We were so saddened to read your email. Words are completely inadequate at such a sorrowful time, but we do want you to know that we are praying for all of you that Jesus and His Blessed Mother will wrap you in their comforting arms and hold you close during this unbearable sadness. Deacon Ed and Marie.
Posted by Victoria Ross on October 10, 2013
Dear Jacqueline, I didn't know your father well, but I know he was a bright light in your grandparents life. You will all miss him. I pray you remember the great father he was, the life he wanted you to have on Sanibel. I'm so glad you and he went to visit your great-grandfather a couple of weeks ago and had a fun adventure together. Love to you.
Posted by Linda Stewart on October 10, 2013
We remember Barrett's childhood in Wash. Xing. - he was often Leslie's shadow as she volunteered with Devan's activities. In his sudden and premature death, a terrible tragedy has struck your loving and generous family. We mourn your loss with you and will keep you all in our prayers. Love from Bob and Linda, Cathy, Judy, Jen and Elizabeth
Posted by Dick Catone on October 10, 2013
Joe, Leslie, Dayna, and Jacqueline...
  Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the great loss of your son, husband, and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the good Lord ease your suffering.
Posted by Eric Matkowski on October 10, 2013
Always had a smile and was a genuinely good guy with great character. Only knew while at Prep, but the kind of guy you don't forget and only remember fondly. You've left a positive effect on this world that I know will be lived out through your daughter.

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