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Victor Barber will be remembered as a caring and intelligent gentleman with a wry sense of humor. Born February 3rd, 1926 in Hannington, England, and died November 23rd, 2012 in Ladner BC as a result of a Stroke. From the age of 8-15 he grew up in Barnardo's School for Boys where he apprenticed as a Printer at the age of 15. He then went on to spend 3 years in the British Army, where he met and married Jocelyn in 1948. Immediately after the wedding they ventured to Canada to make a new life, first in Ontario then North Vancouver where their three children were born. In 1963 they moved to a Hobby Farm in Maple Ridge and then on to Ladner for the last 24 years. Family was of the upmost significance to Victor. Predeceased by Jocelyn and oldest son David, his remaining family includes children Allison and Gordon (Margo); grandchildren Graham, Paul, Meghan (Devon), Erica, Sean, Ben, Evan and Andrea; and great-grandchildren Jordan and Kaci, as well as his extended family around the world. He spent much of his lengthy newspaper career at the Vancouver Sun and Province where he progressed from the position of linotype operator to the senior role of Production Manager. In this role his skills of negotiation, diplomacy and innovation were highly valued. Victor loved to travel and experience other cultures, but most of all he loved sharing this with his wife Jocelyn. He was a lifetime gardener spending many happy hours in his greenhouse, vegetable patch, and chrysanthemum bed. For many years he was a member and then President of the Evergreen Garden Club, where he shared his knack for propagating challenging seeds and cuttings. His other interests included sports, history, wine making, and the occasional glass of scotch. Friends, neighbours, and community were important to Victor. In his last few years he enjoyed being an active member of McKee House, often as the oldest and as the only male in the exercise classes. He also cherished his time sharing wisdom, experience and values with his grandchildren. His influence will continue to be felt for the rest of their lives. There will be a gathering Sunday December 2nd from 2-4pm at 4486 Dawn Dr., Ladner. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 1, 2012