William H.G. Barnett, who taught math at East Hampton High School for 30 years, died of cancer on Jan. 24 at home in Southold. He was 75.
“He was a well-respected and beloved teacher at East Hampton High School for 30 years,” said his daughter Toby Marienfeld of Sag Harbor. “All four of his kids had him as a teacher twice in high school.”
Mr. Barnett was born on July 25, 1938, in Port Jefferson to Louis Barnett and the former Elizabeth Moore. He graduated from the Stony Brook School and attended Adelphi University before graduating from Penn State University in State College, Pa.
Mr. Barnett and the former Audrey Newton were married on New Year’s Day 1960 in Stony Brook. Mrs. Barnett survives. They moved to Southold 20 years ago, after having lived in East Hampton for 40 years.
Mr. Barnett was a member of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, where a funeral service was held on Jan. 27, the Rev. Dr. Peter J Kelley officiating. He joined the Southold Presbyterian Church after moving there, serving as an elder. “He devoted a great amount of time and effort” to both churches, Ms. Marienfeld said.
But he considered family his most significant achievement, his daughter said. “When my son was in third grade, he did a report on his grandfather. The quote my father gave him was that his greatest accomplishment, by far, was his family,” she said.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Barnett is survived by three other children, Timothy Barnett of Atlanta, Shannon DiGate of East Hampton, and Megan Anderson of Trumbull, Conn. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 siblings, Robert Barnett of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Joann Barnett of Calverton.
The family has suggested memorial donations to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978 or eeh.org, Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, 1232 North Sea Road, Southampton 11968, or the Southold Presbyterian Church at fpcsouthold.org.