Mark Patinkin: To the last, WWII vet, Providence firefighter never lost his sense of duty

Edward Barta was never one to draw attention to himself, neither for his role in one of World War II’s greatest battles nor his 30 years as a Providence firefighter.But after he left us last week at 93, his simple obituary spoke of a public servant worthy of a larger goodbye.So I went to his wake at Cranston’s Woodlawn Funeral Home and sat with his family.I began by asking the kind of man he was and they answered with a telling detail — in […]

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