Winsome Barrett, Grand Hyatt

Our Union is saddened to announce the passing of our sister, Winsome Barrett, who worked as a Linen Attendant at the Grand Hyatt for 41 years.

A very active Union member, Winsome was a frequent presence at Union rallies and bus trips. She believed very strongly in the importance of supporting other workers and keeping her Union strong. Winsome was always thinking about other people and how she could help those in need.

Rob Cook, a HEAT Supervisor at the Union, fondly remembered her sense of humor and the joy she brought to those around her. “She was really funny and would sometimes put on a fake British accent. She always had such great energy.”

Jonathan Ridgway, who was Winsome’s Business Agent at one time, remarked, “She was such a colorful and warm person. She will be deeply missed.”

Her daughter Ann Marie Barrett remembers her mother as a hard worker who loved people. “My mom was remarkable, and she was a true giver. When she would come visit me, she would bring two suitcases filled to the brim with gifts. She was always making sure that her family was taken care of.”

Her younger sister Heather recalled Winsome’s generous spirit. “She went above and beyond to look out for everyone except herself. She was so full of life and humor, and she really appreciated everyone in her life.”

Veronica Reynolds, her friend and coworker for 26 years, echoed the same sentiments. “Winsome looked out for everyone. If a stranger needed help, she would stop and try to see if there was anything she could do to help. I still miss her nightly phone calls. I know she is missed, and not just by me but also by everyone at the Grand Hyatt. From the bottom of my heart, she was a truly wonderful woman.”