WEST HARTFORD – Brother Frederick D. Barton, a member of the Passionist Congregation, died on Jan. 3, 2013, at St. Mary Home.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in New York City at the former Flower Hospital in Manhattan. He was baptized at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan on April 15, 1934. Predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Margaret Barton, he was raised by guardians John and Lillian Ronnie in Long Island City, N.Y., where he received his first Communion and was confirmed at St. Rita’s Church.
He attended the former elementary school No. 83, and then Queens Vocational High School in Sunnyside, Queens.
Before joining the Passionists, Brother Fred worked for a number of years as a printer in Long Island City and made annual retreats at Immaculate Conception Monastery and Retreat House in Jamaica, N.Y.
He made his novitiate at St. Paul’s Monastery in Pittsburgh, Pa. After receiving the required schooling, he took temporary vows and then moved to Holy Family Monastery, where he was further educated and trained for hree years before taking his final vows on March 7, 1968.
Brother Fred went on take care of monastery buildings, grounds and cars in a number of different Passionist monasteries in the Province of St.Paul of the Cross in the eastern United States. He eventually returned to Holy Family, where he spent the larger part of his Passionist life in service to the local community at Holy Family.