Tributes paid to “caring” Hayden

Hayden Barrett died following a short illness on October 8
Hayden Barrett died following a short illness on October 8

The wife of late Ellon Cricket Club president Hayden Barrett has paid tribute to her “devoted” husband.

Hayden died following a short illness on Monday, October 8.

A celebration of his life was conducted by Rev Dr Dennis Buerk assisted by a lifelong friend of Hayden, Very Rev Gerald Stranraer-Mull, on Tuesday, October 16.

Hayden was born on April 3, 1939 at the West Norfolk Hospital in Norwich.

He was the first born son to Percy John and Edna Joyce Barrett, and he became a brother to Stephen and Jennifer.

When Hayden was 13-years-old his family moved from Norwich to Lowestoft.

After leaving school Hayden started an apprenticeship as a compositor at Green’s printing shop.

When he turned 18 he joined the Royal Navy and spent the following nine years travelling the seas as a telegraphist.

Hayden married Susan on July 22, 1961 and the couple were happily married for 57 years.

The couple had two children, daughter Julie and son Jonathan. They were later blessed with six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In 1966 Hayden left the Royal Navy and joined the HM Prison Service, working in various locations including Brixton where he looked after the Cray twins among others.

The following year he started working in the helicopter industry with British European Airways Helicopters, starting in Beccles.

He was promoted after six years and the family moved to Scotland, where they remained since.

Hayden joined Ellon Cricket Club in 1974 and through the years he was player, coach, secretary, president and a loyal spectator both home and away.

Hayden started work with the Prince’s Trust in 1984 and became chair for the Grampian and Shetland region, a position he held for many years.

In 1994 he began volunteer work for the children’s panel, a subject he was very passionate about.

His work for and with young people was recognised when he was awarded the MBE in 2000.

Hayden’s wife Susan said: “He was tireless in helping disadvantaged young people whenever possible, leading the North East and Shetland Prince’s Trust committee for many years and serving as a trustee at the Foyer in Aberdeen.

“Besides this he was an active church youth leader setting up many initiatives and always participating enthusiastically.”

Susan added: “He was a greatly loved family man, a devoted husband, a caring father, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He was adored by us all.

“Hayden loved all sports, a great cross country runner in his youth, a fast winger on the rugby pitch, a tidy wicket keeper and keen to kick a football at any opportunity.”