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Dr. Earl and Pearl CARR

CARR, Dr. Earl Douglas
May 19, 1923 - December 23, 2013
Earl passed away on Dec. 23rd at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver , BC. He predeceased his wife of 61 years, Pearl Annie Mabel Carr (nee Merritt) by 30 hours. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to James and Helena (Burchell) Carr. He was predeceased by his parents and sister. He is survived by his loving stepson Gary Howard Barr (Catherine), grandsons Christopher (Atsuko), Owen and Ryan (Andrea), great grandchildren Austin, Lauren, and Kaleah. He is also survived by his brother- in- law Roy Merritt (Ria) and sisters- in- law, Wally Merritt and Viola Merritt. Earl will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Earl was a WW2 Air Force veteran who was stationed in England. After being discharged in Winnipeg, he moved to Langley with his father. He worked a few years for Buckerfield's and then took a job as a Supervisor at Oakalla Prison in Burnaby. In February 1952 he married Pearl, his wife of nearly 62 years. While working, he pursued his education to gain entrance to the University of British Columbia. He completed his pre-dental courses there and then enrolled at the University of Alberta Faculty Of Dentistry in Edmonton. He worked his way through dentistry, employed part time as a Railway Police Officer during the year and in the summers he managed the Miette Hot Springs Pool in Jasper National Park. He graduated in 1960 and spent his first year as a dentist working for the BC Government travelling with Pearl as his assistant, providing dental care in remote BC communities. He then set up his Dental Practice in Langley where he worked until his retirement in 1980. Soon after retirement he and Pearl moved to their apartment in Vancouver's West End, where they resided for the past 32 years. They spent many winters in Hawaii and summer weekends at their cottage on Galiano Island. They both loved to travel and starting in the 1970's they toured many areas off the main tourist paths, including Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass, Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Russia, East Germany and China. Over the years they also travelled to many popular destinations, such as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Europe, and one of their favorite places, the British Isles.
Earl will be missed and lovingly remembered by family and friends, for his wicked sense of humour, intelligence and dedication to Pearl while she suffered through many years with Alzheimer's. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. For information please contact 14greyfox@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of BC www.alzheimerbc.org or a Wildlife Organization of your choice.
CARR, Pearl Annie Mabel
(nee Merritt)
April 29, 1923 - December 24, 2013
Pearl passed away on Dec. 24th at UBC Purdy Pavilion in Vancouver, BC after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Pangman, Saskatchewan, the second daughter to Gordon Stanley Merritt and Mabel Gene (Kreitz) Merritt. She was a descendant of Ontario Loyalist Joseph Merritt. Pearl was predeceased by her parents, her sister Alice Dance (Len Dance) and brothers Archie, Lloyd, Don, her first husband James Garfield Barr and her husband of 61 years, Earl Douglas Carr who died in St. Paul's hospital just 30 hours before her passing. She is survived by her loving son Gary Howard Barr (Catherine), grandsons Christopher (Atsuko), Owen and Ryan (Andrea) and great grandchildren Austin, Lauren and Kaleah. She is also survived by her brother Roy (Ria) Merritt and sisters- in-law, Wally Merritt and Viola Merritt. Pearl will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews.
The Merritt family came to Cloverdale/ Langley, BC in 1936 and lived on 56th Ave. Pearl moved to Vancouver to work for Imperial Oil and married Earl in February 1952. She assisted Earl in starting his dental practice in Langley. When Earl retired they moved to their apartment in Vancouver's West End, where they resided for the past 32 years. They spent many winters in Hawaii and summer weekends at their cottage on Galiano Island. They both loved to travel and starting in the 1970's they toured many areas off the main tourist paths, including Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass, Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Russia, East Germany and China. Over the years they also travelled to many popular destinations, such as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Europe, and one of their favorite places, the British Isles.
Pearl will be missed and lovingly remembered by family and friends for her quiet elegance, dignity and subtle wit. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. For information please contact 14greyfox@gmail.com In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of BC www.alzheimerbc.org or a Wildlife Organization of your choice.


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 25, 2014
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