Big Island father electrocuted; family shares message of hope and faith

Big Island father electrocuted; family shares message of hope and faith
Barrett family
Barrett family
Aaron Barrett, 34
Aaron Barrett, 34

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - We're learning more about the Big Island man who died on the job in Waikoloa Wednesday morning.

His family members are sharing their pain to let others know about the great man they lost and how important it is to spend time with the ones you love.

Police say 34-year-old Aaron Barrett was electrocuted around 8:45 a.m. while he was doing construction at the Hilton Waikoloa.

His ex-wife said he was doing electrical work when he grabbed hold of a conduit that was energized.

It's a sudden and devastating loss for his two sons, 10-year-old Aden and 8-year-old Matthew.

"My two sons looked up to their father so much. He was a role model to them. He was a big part of their lives and it's gone," said Casi Zamudio.

Barrett was a sailor and an artist. His mother, Connie, said she'll miss his contagious smile the most.

"I miss him so much. He's the only one who would come up to me every day and give me a hug and tell me that he loved me," Connie Barrett said.

"Treasure your time with your family because you never know when that time is going to be gone," she said.

Catastrophically, losing Aaron isn't the first child the Barrett's have lost.

"We are devastated. We are trying to take it one step at a time. We lost a daughter to leukemia in 2009; she was only 27 at the time. So it's tragic to lose one child and unbelievable to lose two," said Aaron's father, Jeff Barrett.

Through their tragedies, the Barretts have learned a deeper meaning of hope and faith and they want to share that message with others.

"Savor every minute with your family, savor life, just soak every minute of it up. Don't take anything for granted," Jeff said.

"And when you have a tragedy…lean on your family, take it one step at a time, trust in God," he said.

An investigation is now underway to determine what exactly happened that caused the electrician's death.

A Gofundme account has been set up to help the Barrett family pay for funeral expenses. To donate, click here:

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