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Lakeville Artist Went From Underdog to Top Dog

Edward J. Barrett can easily be described as a fine artist, gifted sculptor and skilled sign maker. All across the SouthCoast, Barrett’s work can be seen on business vehicles and storefront signs.

Barrett, my brother-in-law, has a story that is inspiring, especially for those who’ve been mistreated by others.

“As a kid in parochial school, I was dyslexic and had ADHD that was sugar-induced,” he said. “Back in those days, nobody knew about this stuff, and because I was off the wall and couldn’t learn in class, and only did well in art and God, the other kids called me ‘retarded’ and ‘stupid.’”

Barrett was a special needs learner who credits his brother-in-law John Tellier as his first mentor, as well as a teacher who believed in his talents at Ashley School in the third grade.

“The classroom had only six students, and it was there that Miss Davidean helped start me in the right direction,” he said.

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