James P. Barrett Jr.

James Patrick Barrett Jr.

    James Patrick Barrett Jr., who founded Southampton Painting and Contracting, died of cancer at Southampton Hospital on Nov. 9. He was 60.
    Known by friends as Jymo, he was a singer with his band the Mixed Nuts. “When he wasn’t working or taking family trips to his horse farm in Essex, N.Y.,” his family said, “James could often be found making a pit stop at a concert of his favorite band, the Grateful Dead.”
    He also enjoyed fishing and mountain climbing.
    Mr. Barrett was born in Brooklyn on May 3, 1951, to Lorraine and James Patrick Barrett. His family moved to Southampton when he was a child.
    He attended Southampton High School and graduated from Highland University in New Mexico, where he studied art. After college, he returned to Southampton and met Donna Ventresca. They were married on Sept. 10, 1977, in East Hampton. A few years later they moved here and built a house together. Mr. Barrett had lived in Essex for the past 15 years.
    Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife and five children: Danielle Barrett of Sag Harbor, James Barrett of East Hampton, Heidi Kulp of Coram, Shannon Barrett of East Hampton, and David Riscen of Hampton Bays. Three siblings, Lorraine Markowski and Christine Distefano, both of Southampton, and John Barrett of Boca Raton, Fla., also survive, as do seven grandchildren.
    Three brothers, Edward, Valentine, and Bruce, predeceased him.
    “He was a one-of-a-kind man with a warm heart and charisma that is hard to match,” his family said.
    A Mass was said on Monday at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton. Burial followed at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.