BRISTOL BITS: Bob Barnett hosted a Father's Day gathering

Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:24


Bob Barnett hosted a Father’s Day gathering at his home, an event shared with his companion, Joyce Rayno. There were approximately 40 people when I was there enjoying Bob’s backyard with tables of goodies, meats, salads, sweets, chips, dips and other good things. This is an event that was started about six years ago, and most of the folks there were members of Bob and Joyce’s families as well as close friends. 

I spoke to Darlene Coffey. who took the photo shown here.

“We are honored to be invited to Mr. Barnett’s Father’s Day event,” she told me in also speaking on behalf of her husband, Bob. “We were happy to wish all those who died a happy Father’s Day,” in remembering the deceased father’s of those who were in attendance.

You may recall in a column that I wrote where I deemed the Barnetts as Bristol’s No. 1 military family, having served in many wars while Bob lost a brother, George, who was serving during the Korean War. Joyce not too long ago was listed as the No. 1 story teller in the state.

(Photo L-R: Joyce Rayno, Bob Barnett, Dave Peplau, Carolyn Koboski and Jay Barnett.)


Paul DiNoia had one on Sunday, Lydia Rydel celebrated on Monday, yesterday Michael Connolly, George Pahl and Dan Scoppette shared the day and today it’s 

Donna Shackett’s turn.

Rewind 2002 - A “bit” from this column 20 years ago:

“The  Bristol German American Society hosted the 2002 New England Saengerfest at the clubhouse of the society and their good neighbors, the Franco American Club. The celebration got underway with a morning songfest competition, but most of the partying began around noon in the facilities off of Barlow Street.

“It means a bit of getting back to history for me,” said retired pharmacist John Hartmann, who acted as the event committee’s recording secretary. “It touches your musical roots and the musical history that goes along with German history.” (Bob M. note: I was there and although not German, truly enjoyed the goings-on.) 

Carolyn Koboski

Many folks know Carolyn, and I am one of them going back to when she was Carolym Harding in high school, as one year my senior. She was a key Bristol Press employee way before I became a columnist there, and later in both of us being longtime members of Prospect Methodist Church.

Our most recent common interest is with the Korean War Veterans Association, where she is now the female companion of high school classmate, Dave Peplau, who was our 2016 “Hometown Hero” and last that I knew was the assistant chaplain of the Bristol American Legion Post 2.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:24. Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:27.