PETER BARG

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PETER BARG Peter Barg, beloved husband of Edna Mae (nee Webber), father of Stephan (Judy), Karen (Murray Jones), Philip (Pam), John (Mary-Anne Nixon), Deborah (Len Creswell) and Charlotte Sank, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014, surrounded by his family. Peter was born in Tiegerweide, Crimea, on February 21, 1918, the youngest of seven children of Bernard and Elizabeth Barg. In 1926 he immigrated with his family to Canada, settling in the Mennonite community at Duchess, AB. Peter lived on the farm near Duchess through his school years. After high school, Peter received a BSc from Bethel College in Kansas. In 1940, Peter attended medical school at McGill University. While at medical school, he met Edna Webber and they were married August 31, 1946. After practicing in British Columbia, Edna and Peter moved to Wallaceburg, ON, in 1949 where Peter set up his own practice. He practiced medicine in the Wallaceburg area and Walpole Island until 1975. Peter was an integral part of the Wallaceburg community, as a well loved doctor, member of the Rotary Club, member of the United Church, business associate and friend to many. He was instrumental in establishing the Sydenham District Hospital, where he delivered many babies. His interest in public affairs prompted him to run for town council and for mayor. In 1975, Peter and Edna, with Charlotte and Deborah, moved to Bella Coola, BC, where Peter practiced medicine and was administrator at the United Church Hospital. During his 6 years in Bella Coola, Peter mentored many doctors in the rigors of practicing medicine a remote posting and oversaw the design and construction of a new hospital. Later Peter worked in United Church hospitals in Bella Bella, BC and Baie Verte, NL. He and Edna retired to the St. Clair O'Connor Community Centre in Toronto in 1984. They split their time between the family cottage, "Bargwood" at Deer Lake, ON and travelling to destinations such as Machu Picchu, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. He and Edna also enjoyed their travel to Russia to visit with Peter's cousins in Uzbekistan. Even in retirement, Peter was a tireless volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Bloor Street United Church and "Out of the Cold." In his spare time, Peter was an influential and dedicated volunteer in the St. Clair O'Connor Community, he and Edna took classes at Glendon College, he spent many hours in his workshop and played bridge up until his death. Peter was predeceased by his parents, his brothers George, Jacob, Phillip, John, Bernhard and sister Elisabeth, as well as his granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Jones. He is survived by his wife Edna, his children, his nephew Robert Martin who lived with the family for many years, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, on Friday, May 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 10th, there will be a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. also at McDougall and Brown. The family invites you to join them at a reception at the Saint Clair O'Connor Centre immediately following. In lieu of flowers, Peter has asked that any donations be made to the SCOC Foundation, Canadian Friends of Aniquem Health Development Corporation, or the Mennonite Central Committee.

Published in the Toronto Star from May 6 to May 10, 2014
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