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BARKER, Philip Alan
October 16, 1929 – September 20, 2015
Born in Whitstable, England. The son of a country doctor, Philip followed his father into the medical profession, graduating from The University of London in 1953. Upon graduation, he joined the British Army where he met and married Heather with whom he had four children, Edmund, Elsa, Lorna and Alice. His distinguished career as a psychiatrist, lecturer and author, brought him to Canada in 1975. In 1980, he moved to Calgary to work as head of psychiatry at the Alberta Children's Hospital. On sabbatical in Swaziland he met his second wife Thembi and she and their son Sibu moved to Canada shortly thereafter. Philip's passion for jazz music started at a very early age and never waned, culminating in him having a long standing radio show on CJSW entitled "Jazz Focus" which was also the name of his recording company that published music of many talented jazz musicians. Struggling with addictions, Philip became a lifelong member of Narcotics Anonymous and gave a great deal of his time and knowledge to the organization. Philip was predeceased by his daughter Elsa and both of his wonderful wives. Funeral to be held at Christ Church Anglican 3602 8 Street SW on October 3, 2015 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Narcotics Anonymous.

Published in The Calgary Herald from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2015
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