Douglas William BARKER Jr.

passed away on Wednesday 16th, January, 2013.

Today he leaves behind his ever loving wife Irene, to whom he was married for 39 years; he will also be sorely missed by his loyal red lady friend, Scarlett their Irish Setter. Douglas will be lovingly remembered by his brother Jim Barker (Jackie), sisters Elizabeth Werlin and Katherine Kitzler (Willie) and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. Douglas is predeceased by his parents Evelyn (2012) and Douglas Barker (2005).

Douglas was born in Victoria September 6th, 1940 and spent part of his youth hiking and climbing some of BC's highest mountains. His senior high school was Qualicum College and he had especially fond memories of the students and staff with particular regards for Mr. Knight the Head Master. Douglas was an army veteran having served in the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry. Upon completion of his service he worked as a dog kennel manager for a number of years, he then moved onto working as a Planer Mechanic at the old Chemainus Saw Mill. When the mill closed Douglas's energy moved him to embark into his own successful endeavor "Home Sweet Home Painting". This business kept him actively employed until his health began to deteriorate in 2012.

Douglas had a true artistic soul, which was seen through his many fine drawings and sketches, and his joy when playing the piano. He was a very knowledgeable man who relished the written word, his many books on a vast array of subjects especially geography, science and astronomy took pride of place in his hobby rooms.

Even until the end Douglas had the most prodigious memory, he never ceased to amaze in conversation with his ability to excite the listener with his infectious enthusiasm for astronomical events, stamps, coins, scientific discoveries and military history.

Douglas started collecting stamps as a young boy and has through a lifetime of diligence and research acquired and enshrined in beautifully bound and hand illustrated catalogues a truly remarkable worldwide collection of stamps. One was truly privileged to be invited to look at his prized collection.

Douglas and Irene truly loved the Christmas holidays. They have built up a large collection of musical boxes, snow globes, animated dolls and toys, fountains and Christmas ornaments. Every year they would spend many weeks carefully creating their Christmas House to bring a little Christmas magic to the many hundreds of people that have be shown around the festive displays over the years by Douglas, Irene and their red elf.

Douglas was a gentle man; he was respected and admired by the many people who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be sorely missed by the clientele and staff of his favourite Corner Café and Arbutus Café and the many companions and friends that he shared his time with. His smiling, cheerful, friendly, accepting attitude was a model for those of us he has left behind.

In life we measure an individual's success in a variety of ways, if Douglas's life could be measured by the number of peoples lives he touched in a positive way, Douglas was a truly successful man.

In passing his final act was the gift of sight so someone else might see the wonders of this world with the same clarity that he did.

Douglas and Irene request that their family and many friends make donations to Operation Smile Canada which will transform a child's life by restoring their smile.

Operation Smile, PO Box 247, Station Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 2G9. 1-888-677-6453.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
An announcement will be made.

This obituary was originally published in the Cowichan Valley Citizen (Duncan, BC).

Published online on Jan. 23, 2013 courtesy of Cowichan Valley Citizen.