Kevin Barrett, a longtime township supervisor for Asylum Township, has died, the county coroner confirmed.

Barrett had served for many years as the chairman of the Asylum Township supervisors and was "very highly respected" both as a supervisor and a person, said Tom House, chairman of the township's planning commission.

Barrett was serving his fourth term as an Asylum Township supervisor at the time of his death.

Barrett, 56, died Tuesday evening in Towanda of natural causes, Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman said.

Barrett collapsed Tuesday evening at the viewing for his father, 92-year-old Patrick J. Barrett Jr., at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, the coroner said. Kevin Barrett was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where he was pronounced dead later Tuesday evening by Deputy Bradford County Coroner James Bowen, Carman said.

Barrett was forward-thinking as a supervisor, and he played an instrumental role in the acquisition of additional land for the establishment of Asylum Township Old Mill Park and the development of the park, House said.

Barrett was outgoing and well liked, House said.

"Everybody in the township knew him," he said.

At the time of his death, Barrett was a member of the board of directors of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative and Wellsboro Electric Co.

Barrett has also served as a director of Eastern Laboratory Services, Agway Corp., Agway Insurance, Bradford County Dairy Promotions, and Bradford County Cooperative Extension.

Barrett had worked as a dairy farmer.

The remaining Asylum Township supervisors will appoint someone to replace Barrett on the board of supervisors, Bradford County Elections Director Renee Smithkors said.

The person appointed will serve out the remainder of Barrett's term, which would have ended at the end of 2013, she said.

If the person appointed wished to remain on the board or supervisors after 2013, he or she will need to stand for election in 2013.

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