RUSH, Barrie Donald
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October 3, 1956 - May 8, 2013
Barrie passed away peacefully on May 8, 2013 at Lions Gate General Hospital after a long and courageous battle with Ocular Melanoma. He is survived by his loving wife Lisa; son James and daughter Emma; brothers Keith (Ellen), Graham (Suzanne), Peter (Cheryl); brother-in-law Brett (Janis) Crosby-Jones; father-in-law Phillip Crosby-Jones; nieces Carolyn, Kelsey, Monica, Sarah, Andrea and nephews Kevin, Trevor, Ryan and Liam. We are all so very sad and will miss Barrie dearly. Barrie was the third of four sons of Les and Marjorie, who grew up in logging camps and small towns on the BC Coast. He graduated high school in 1976 from Howe Sound Secondary School in Squamish. From an early age Barrie was fascinated with emergency situations and emergency response. He joined the Squamish volunteer fire department when he was 17 and then the BC Ambulance Service in 1980. It was with the BCAS that Barrie had a long and distinguished career as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic, where he was Acting Unit Chief at Station 261 in Downtown Vancouver. He was a gentle soul, who was always cool under pressure and his kind and compassionate ways were felt by many patients. Naturally, Barrie was the family's resident medical expert. Barrie was passionate about golf, especially with his son and brothers. He loved to cruise and travel with his family and enjoyed sailing/boating with his friends. He was an avid Lions and Canucks fan. Barrie loved to cook, particularly with his BBQ and his smoker. He would spend hours researching recipes and then invite friends and family to enjoy the spoils of his work. A Service will be held at St. Christopher's Anglican Church at 1068 Inglewood Avenue in West Vancouver, BC at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday May 23, followed by a light tea at the church. A Celebration of Life in association with the BCAS will be held at the West Vancouver Legion at 580 - 18 Street following the church proceedings. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Melanoma Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 18, 2013