Monday, July 12, 2010

Engineer Walter E. Barrineau, Jr., CFD Retired, Passes Away.

Engineer Walter E. Barrineau Jr., CFD Retired, passed away early this past Saturday morning. Walter Eli Barrineau Jr. retired from the Charleston Fire Department after 25 years of service. He started with the department as an auxiliary fireman during the late 1930's. He became a fulltime paid fireman in 1940. He resigned from the department during World War Two to serve in the United States Navy. He was reinstated back into the CFD in 1946. He was promoted to Senior Engineer in 1958 and retired from the department in 1965. He spent most of his career on Cannon Street, assigned to Engine Company 6 and retired as the Senior Engineer of Engine Company 8. He received burns to his eyes and face while fighting the Tidewater Terminal fire in 1955 and retired from the department due to glaucoma and retina damage.

His funeral service and burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, at the Bethany Cemetery at the corner of Meeting Street Road and Cunnington Avenue. There will be no wake. The CFD Honor Guard will be his pall bearers and his grandson, CFD Engineer Robert Barrineau, will be playing the bagpipes. Engine 108 will also be present at the request of the family.

He is survived by his son, Capt. Walter "Gene" Barrineau, also CFD Retired, and his wife Susan, two daughters, Judy West and her husband Terry, and Joan Richardson all of Charleston. Mr. Barrineau is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Our sincere condolences go out to the Barrineau family.

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