Barry died peacefully on August 3, 2014 at his home in Richmond, BC with his wife Wilma by his side having just celebrated his 72nd birthday. Born on July 29, 1942 in West Vancouver, Barry spent much of his youth in Naramata, graduating from Pen High in 1960. Barry's parents Charles and Verna were both teachers and he followed them into the profession that brought him amazing joy. He began his teaching career in Courtney but spent close to 30 years teaching English at Killarney Secondary in Vancouver. It was at Killarney he met his wife Wilma (nee Toews), also a teacher at the school. They had three children Chris (Stephanie), David (Jennifer) and Jonathan (Brandi). Barry was committed to his family and his profession. After his retirement in 2000 Barry and Wilma regularly traveled to Hawaii and Barry had the great joy of spending time with his grandchildren Elizabeth, Nicholas, Zachary, and Katherine. He was also very proud of his boys who found careers in education, science and journalism.
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Barry is predeceased by his parents, brother Lloyd and sister Carol. He is survived by his wife Wilma, his children and grandchildren.
A celebration of Barry's life will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at South Arm United Church, 11051 Number 3 Rd, Richmond at 3 pm.
A special thanks to Ted Cusick, Brent Reid and his many other friends and family who supported Barry over the last several months. And a thank you to those at the BC Cancer Agency and all the others involved with his care.
Barry will be remembered as a good man who did important work and it lives on in his family and the thousands of students he taught.
Published in The Richmond News from Aug. 8 to Sept. 6, 2014