May 8, 1947 - Feb 16, 2013
A highly respected physician who was equally at home at his medical practice and in his metalworking studio, Dennis passed away at his home in Brentwood Bay after a brief but courageous battle with Lymphoma.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Dennis obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 1973. After a rotating internship at the Edmonton General Hospital, he trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manitoba prior to moving to San Jose, California in 1978. Dennis had a sub-specialty in pulmonology and critical care, and was the Chairman of the Division of Pulmonology for Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos from 1993 to 1995. Dennis returned to Canada in 2000 where he balanced his work as a medical consultant for WorkSafe BC with his creative pursuits as a blacksmith and artisan, undertaking every endeavor with passion and commitment.
His enduring curiosity about the way the world works led Dennis to experiment in both art and science. He taught himself to play classical guitar and to program computers. After acquiring the fundamentals of metal working and silver smithing, he went on to produce knives that were both exquisite and functional, forging Damascus steel in ancient patterns, and was close to achieving the title of "Master Bladesmith."
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Leslie and his two daughters, Shauna Barker and Michelle Gillett and his son-in-law, Jim Barker. He has two granddaughters, Alexis and Ashley Barker and two stepdaughters, Ellen and Samantha Moore. Dennis thoroughly enjoyed his final years living in Victoria where he was close to his sisters, Carolyn Houg and Margaret Fenton, and his brother-in-law, Ian Fenton.
His many nieces and nephews will dearly miss their "Uncle Dennis." His many friends and relatives in Canada and the United States will miss his wisdom and wit, and the Hiking Group will miss his presence on the trail every Sunday morning.
Donations may be made to Vancouver Island Center of the British Columbia Cancer Agency.
Published in The Times Colonist from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2013