BENEDICT WILLIAM BARAT
FAMILY MAN, MASTER TOOLMAKER AND RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
Benedict Barat passed into his eternal reward on Friday, April 6, 2018. Born and raised in Linden in 1926, he was a child of the Great Depression. His father John, a WW I veteran, died when Ben was 4 years old. Ben, with his brother and mother, struggled to make ends meet during those difficult times, as most Americas did. He helped support his family by finding old tires and bottles and turning them in for change at the local salvage yard. Ben also delivered groceries on an old bicycle. In high school, he worked part time in a gas station, where he developed a life-long affection for automobiles. He graduated from Linden High School in 1943. He immediately began a 46 year career with the Singer Sewing Machine Corp. in Elizabeth. He also served in the NJ National Guard. Starting out as an apprentice at Singer, he became a Master Toolmaker and eventually a research Technician. He developed an automatic threading device for which the United States Government granted him a patent. His position required great precision and skill, qualities he maintained throughout his life. He also traveled the world, servicing Singer industrial machines. Ben was one of the last employees left at the Singer factory when the manufacturing giant closed its doors, retiring at the age of 62. Ben met his wife Marianne in 1949, and they soon began a 68 year marriage that lasted until her death. Both were Slovak Americans, and devoted Roman Catholics. They continued to live in Linden, and then retired to Holiday City in Toms River, 25 years ago. Ben and Marianne worked long and hard to raise two sons, Gary and Robert. They made sure both had catholic education, and graduated from college. Ben taught the boys a love for tools, how to garden and fish, and how to play baseball, football and basketball. Ben was predeceased by his wife Marianne in 2017. He leaves behind a loving family; Gary and his wife Susan, and their children Nicholas and Melissa, Robert and his wife Kathy, and their children Alexander and Kendra.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 am at St. Genevieve RC Church, Elizabeth. Interment follows directly at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Linden. Arrangements entrusted to Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 E. St. Georges Ave Linden NJ 07036 (908) 352-9190.