Danny Lee (Barrett) Gayken, age 50, of Durham, passed away on January 25, 2018. Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany on January 3, 1968, he was the son of Silvia H. (Fleischer) Barrett and Richard B. Barrett of West Hartford; brother of Richard J. Barrett & his wife Andrea of Southington, Kimberley B. McCord & her husband Kent of Granby and Heather Gayken Wood of Van, Texas; maternal grandson of the late Wilhelm & Patricia (Teuber) Fleischer, and paternal grandson of Barbara B. Barrett of Niantic & the late James F. Barrett. Danny is also survived by several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A former resident of Avon, West Hartford and Higganum, Danny enjoyed his hobbies; fishing, hunting and flea market shopping. He was employed as a Master Operator at McLain and Company in Middletown and will be missed by all his good friends and co-workers there. Friends may visit with Danny's family on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM for a celebration of his life at Beecher & Bennett - Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Avenue, Meriden.

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  1. Mr. & Mrs. .B., Ricky, and Kim, I’m so sorry. Dan was LARGER than life and I’m still in disbelief that I’ll never hear from him again. We go way back. I will forever cherish all the memories I have in my heart. Shine on my dear old friend

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Danny could always be counted on to start a lively conversation when he would visit our office in Virginia and had a great laugh. I will miss his stories and the photographs he would share from his travels.

  3. My sincere condolences to all of you. I’m very sorry to hear of this tremendous loss.I will miss Danny, his crazy sense of humor, how he always kidded with me when he visited headquarters in Virginia, and his BIG smile. He was a great UB/Snooper Operator, I enjoyed working on many projects with him over the years. Warm thoughts and healing prayers to all Danny’s family and friends, Sincerely, Valerie

  4. We were blessed to have Danny as part of our McClain team here in the northeast. He was dedicated and committed and always got the job done. My condolences and prayers for the family as he will be missed immensely.

  5. Danny was a great friend. It has been a pleasure to work with him these past 9 years. He was never short on having a sense of humor. He loved to joke and always had some smartass comment for everything just to make you laugh. He was down to earth, someone you could talk to about anything. He was always there for you whether it be to lend a hand if you wanted help, or an ear when you needed to vent. I am honored to call you my friend/family. You are truly missed by everyone who knew you.

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