Obituary of Barbara Sinnott

member of WWHP Steering Committee from 2009-2014
Barbara Sinnott
Barbara Sinnott

Worcester - Barbara J. (Mack) Sinnott, 80, passed away at home February 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a brief illness. Barbara was born and raised in Worcester, daughter of Julia and Dennis Mack. She leaves her children and grandchildren- Denise Pisegna of Worcester, Jillian, Ashley, and Justin Pisegna, Valerie Quitadamo and life companion Gerald Powers, both of Worcester, Jeffrey Sinnott of Worcester, Jonathan and Cheryl Sinnott of El Paso, Texas, her brother John and Betty Mack, Julie and Greg Mack of Cocoa Beach, Florida, her lifelong best friend and sister-in-law Mary Duca. She leaves many beloved relatives which include Duca, Zendgian, Johnston, Puzar, Collins, Mack. She leaves her loving cats Wylee, Jasper and Smokey.

She was an inspiration to many through her family values and through her community activism. She was a 1955 graduate of Worcester State Teacher's College and enjoyed being an educator for several years and studying at Harvard and Boston University before starting her family. In 1957, she was married to Joseph A. Sinnott of Worcester (died in 2004) and had 4 children; Denise (Pisegna), Valerie (Quitadamo), Jeffrey, and Jonathan. Barbara was a proponent of women's rights, and was active with the League of Women Voters and Worcester Women's History Project, the Alcohol and Beverage License Commission, Worcester Regional Research Council, Worcester Family Services, Board of Trustees of Worcester State University. She was past Vice Chair of Massachusetts Republican Party and was instrumental in getting candidates elected on the State and Federal level.

Barbara served as a Worcester City Councilor /Vice Mayor, Administrator of Easter Seals, was appointed to Health and Human Services Provider Review Board in Washington, DC, and was president of The Better Business Bureau of Central New England until her retirement in 2003. She will be greatly missed. Calling hours will be from 4-8 pm. Wednesday Feb. 19 in Caswell-King Funeral Home 474 Grove St. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Barbara J. Sinnott scholarship fund at Worcester State University or the Julia Mack Scholarship Fund, Worcester State University. Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014.

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England announced the dedication of the Barbara J. Sinnott Training Center and the BBB Consumer Education Foundation’s Barbara J. Sinnott Scholarship Fund.

Published Date: 
September 9, 2014