We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Waitt Funeral Home
Hugh MacBarron Jr., 77, of Brockton, died on August 1, 2022. Born in Amesbury, he was the son of the late Hugh and Blanche (Bilodeau) MacBarron. “Hughie” was born while his father was in Germany during WWII. As a child of an Army officer, his family moved many times, eventually settling in Brockton in 1958. He graduated from Brockton High School in 1964 and continued to live in Brockton as a strong member of the community.
Hughie was afflicted with Cerebral Palsy from birth. He eventually admitted he was “handicapped'', a label that was not comfortable to him, because he thought he could do just about anything. Despite this, Hughie persevered and didn’t let his diagnosis define him. After his parents passed away, he was so proud to live on his own at Trinity Village in Brockton, where he contributed to the community and made many friends too.
Hughie took great pride in his accomplishments and his work. He earned his Eagle Scout Badge, Boy Scouts highest honor that involves a great deal of work and effort. Hughie worked at Component Manufacturing in West Bridgewater, Goddard and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for many years, retiring in 2006, never missing a day and became a friend to all. Many there remember him for his strong work ethic and his daily jokes. He was a communicant of St. Edith Stein Church and helped with collections and serving communion. He was also a Eucharistic Minister, delivering communion and visiting with others who could not attend services.
Hughie had a life well-lived. A life of meaning and purpose. He embraced every minute of it and touched so many people, in so many different ways. He lived by the mantra, “it’s simple, but not easy”. If you were lucky enough to have known and loved Hughie, you were lucky indeed. He developed lifelong friends and strong family bonds that sustained him throughout life.
In April of this year, Hughie celebrated 42 years of sobriety, something of which he was enormously proud. He found a passion and calling in helping and mentoring others to achieve sobriety and fostered a very close-knit community through his work with A.A. He excelled at delivering poignant speeches that could both make you laugh and cry and was a favored speaker at many events, including commitments, and weddings.
Hughie was quick witted and loved a good joke, the raunchier the better. He loved to laugh. He and Peter traded insults like baseball cards, always with good humor. He never missed a family get together, especially if there was food. Boy could that man eat! He adored his family, he would always grab beloved family members in a great bear hug and give them a sloppy kiss.
Another of Hughie's passions was golf. When he stood at the tee box-his tremors disappeared. He loved playing at DW Field’s Park with his siblings and friends and would curse like a sailor if he landed in a trap. He hated the traps! And you would not believe his drives and putts, just amazing despite his condition. His abilities surpassed his disabilities.
He is survived by his siblings Diane Malkoski and her late husband Bob Malkoski of S. Dartmouth, his twin Judy (Rick) Moore of Stuart, FL, Peter (Peg) MacBarron of Brockton, and Jean MacBarron (Bob Delorey) of West Barnstable; nephews John Malkoski, Michael Moore, Bud Heintz, Shawn MacBarron; nieces Melissa Moore Schultz, Dina Hogan, Alyson Yaffe, Tracy Bradstreet; and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Many thanks to the staff at the Guardian Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, for their care and attention, which Hughie greatly appreciated. Also to Old Colony Hospice and our friend and neighbor Paula Murray for her guidance.
All are welcome to calling hours Friday Aug. 5th from 3-5p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. prayer service at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 N. Main St, Brockton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Edith Stein Church, Old Colony Hospice, A.A., or a charity of your choosing.