to a 'poet and dreamer'
Tim Ferreira and his girlfriend, Becka Culver, both of Portsmouth,
comfort one another following Wednesday's funeral. (David Hansen/Daily
M. Fontaine/Daily News staff
It is the place where Barton J. Carroll might have gotten married someday
or where he might have taken his children to be baptized. But on Wednesday
morning, St. Barnabas Church was where hundreds of relatives, friends,
former teachers and fellow soldiers gathered to say goodbye to the 18-year-old
Dressed in his
dark blue military uniform, Carroll was laid to rest during an emotional
two-hour Mass of Christian burial at the church where he had worshipped
with his family and served as an altar boy. He was buried with military
honors at Newport Memorial Park in Middletown.
escorted Carroll's casket into the church, where about 500 people filled
the seats in three alcoves and stood along the walls. Teachers and students
from Portsmouth High School, from which Carroll graduated in 2001, and
soldiers from the Marine Corps, the Navy and the Naval Sea Cadets were
among those who attended the ceremony.
his military service shortly after Sept. 11 and had served nine months
in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville,
N.C., where he was assigned to the 2nd Supply Battalion. He was driving
home from North Carolina for the Fourth of July holiday when he was murdered
Thursday in Middletown by a man who police said wanted to steal his car.
A memorial service
for Carroll is planned for this afternoon at Camp Lejeune.
Sgt. Kenneth L. Blair said Carroll, at 6-foot-5, always stood out in his
squad of 70 soldiers.
"I just want
you all to know he was an outstanding Marine," Blair said during the service
at the church. "He never complained and he always loved what he did."
playing guitar, and the ceremony included two of his favorite songs, "Freebird"
by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. He also liked
fishing for striped bass around Narragansett Bay and scuba diving in the
Sakonnet River and in the waters off Gooseberry Beach.
Carroll on Wednesday as a funny and loyal person who was more talented
at writing and playing music than he was at telling jokes.
"I will always
have a piece of Bart with me when I hear beautiful music," said Kevin Killavey,
who was close friends with Carroll since they were in kindergarten. They
had also been in a band together, he said.
"He was always
there for me," Killavey said.
Carroll's cousin, said he wished Carroll were there Wednesday to comfort
him during his grief.
"He would know
exactly what to say to make me feel better about it," he said.
During one of
the ceremony's lighter moments, Desi Lopes recalled times spent with Carroll
at the beach, when he would run naked into the water "just to make us laugh."
a moment spent with Bart that you weren't rolling on the floor laughing,"
said Lopes, who went to high school with Carroll.
During the service,
Lopes and Killavey sang "One Sweet Day," a popular duet by Mariah Carey
and Boys II Men. Kate Grana, a teacher at Portsmouth High School, and Cindy
Killavey, Kevin Killavey's mother, also sang.
a retired Marine and a teacher at the high school, recited "The Marine's
The Rev. Kevin
J. Brassil shared his own memories of Carroll. He recalled the day when
Carroll was baptized in the church and the many times he served as an altar
boy. Brassil said he can still see Carroll walking down the aisle carrying
the cross "higher than it has ever been held by anyone else.
"Bart was indeed
the tallest altar server we ever had," he said. "He was indeed a poet and
a dreamer, a wonderful person ... a singing hero."
Carroll's life may have been short, but it was complete. He loved music
and had many talents. He grew up with a loving family and traveled with
them frequently. He pursued a military career and was a proud solider.
"It was so complete,
so joyous," Brassil said. "It is here in this time of quiet mourning that
healing must begin."