Barbara Joan Wood
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Barb Wood, artist , mother, community volunteer and one of the most delightful members of Canada's fine arts community passed away on March 19, 2014. Barb graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975. Following this she moved to Vancouver with her husband Don Hazleden where they made a great life with their two sons Arthur and Roger.

Barb's passions were family, art, travel and friends. Her art, capturing many of the scenes of our towns and countryside, was distinct and a delight to many. Her drawings of historic buildings, streets and squares always involved people and the life of the place. Often she converted her designs to etchings, then working long hours tinting in the hand made prints. In this way her work brought joy to thousands of homes and offices across the country. Barb's travels with the family often appeared in travel articles featuring her drawings, experiences with the locals and helpful family travels tips. Life with Barb was full of joy and wonder and inspiration. She will be missed by many. Donations in her memory can be made to St Paul's Hospital cardiac research programs.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Gardens on Monday May 5th, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We encourage those who loved her to bring a piece of her art or a story of an encounter with her to share with family and friends. A short service will be held at 7:00 PM.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Mar. 22, 2014.
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September 13, 2021
Barbara and I worked together at a furniture manufacturing company EIF Sales in Burnaby. She worked as our commercial artist. I was new to Canada, and she was a great person to know and became a friend. We kept in touch even after she and I left the company. Then life got in the way. I never forgot her. She did little sketches for me that i still have...and gave my son a book done by her with short stories and sketches.
We shared many laughs at work in the early days..and learned about her family.
Will always miss her.

Ashe Mayadas Colton
March 18, 2019
The picture Barb painted of our little house in West Point Grey now sits on the
wall of our dining room in Garden Bay.
Every time we glance up,we are reminded of Barb's talent and the wonderful
woman she was.
She is not forgotten.
ann munro
March 16, 2019
Great artist ,great person
Ronald Carels
March 16, 2019
Barb was a wonderful and caring person. Always had time to chat. Always a smile on her face. Truly an amazing artist!
You are truly missed Barb
Dee and Harv Kenworthy
March 16, 2019
Barb Wood was a fabulous human being. She was bright, talented, and compassionate. To know her was a rare privilege. As I write this memorial note I am surrounded by her gifted art work gracing our living room walls. Every time I look at her art hanging on our walls, I think of Barb, and what a wonderful soul she was.
Brian & Florence McGregor-Foxcroft
March 22, 2015
I am very sorry to hear about Barb and her passing. I did not know her but many years ago I came across 6 of her paintings at a garage sale. I had tucked them away and just today I dug them out not knowing the significance of them. I googled her and I found this memorial. I want to pass them back to the family if they would like to have them. One is of Glen Brae, March Winds, Valentines for James England, You like it - it likes you, Christmas Eve at St. Pauls, 13 Ghouls of 1119 Broughton Street ! and Remember, all from 1983.

~ Diane Belisle, Vancouver, BC
March 20, 2015
This is a shock to hear. I was out of the country at this time last year so must have missed the news of Barb's death. We worked on many projects together at the Vancouver Park Board at times, under the supervision of more than one boss, you know how those scenarios sometimes go. But ours was a beautiful relationship as she could take the idea and give it life. I remember so well the cover design for the Park Board's centennial book, 'The First 100 Years'- how to sum it all up? Barb did it perfectly- working with her was the one bright light on the project. I would run into her every once in a while following my retirement and it was as if we had seen each other yesterday. That vivacious, lovely red-head injecting life into ordinary moments. Her family must miss her so- it breaks my heart to think how much. She left an indelible mark on my impressionable heart
Terri Clark
December 9, 2014
I met Barb at the University of Waterloo. The exact date is unclear, but it may have been in April 1976 as I found an ad in a pdf of the Chevron newspaper advertizing her Calender and art sale.
I bought a Calendar from her. She autographed it for me, I believe it is in a box in the basement somewhere.

Details of our meeting are gone (38 years have passed). However, I have a memory of coming away with a positive impression. Each having wished the other good fortune in our lives ahead. Me the engineer her the artist.
Time flies.

Condolences to those who knew her and loved her.
John Arges
November 6, 2014
I never met any of Barb's family in Vancouver, as I was a friend of Barb's from Village I Residence at the University of Waterloo. I was about to show a colleague some of work that would fit well in his office and was shocked to see that she passed away many months ago. Barb was a wonderful, talented artist, and beyond that, an awesome human being. I know her loss will be felt by family and friends for many, many years. Rest in peace, Barb.
David Gouthro
August 4, 2014
Arden and Ripley for you . I know you will keep your eye on us
Visits with Barb and often Angus. We talked about our sons, travel and many topics of the worlds shenanigans. I will cherish the art I have and the Russian dolls she gifted my son. Her legacy of art entwines us al. I'm going to miss you Barb
Susan Rae
April 8, 2014
Dear Don, Arthur and Roger
We were shocked to hear of Barb's passing. Our families lost touch over the years but each of us have fond memories of the special times celebrating birthdays, graduation, cheating at games after dinner in your backyard. Barb's wacky sense of humour, her patience with the boys and their experiments as well as her joie de vivre has a special place in our lives. Our deepest sympathies to each of you.
Jo-Anne, Paul, Andrew and Lisa Martin
March 27, 2014
So sad to hear about Barb. She was so full of sparkle and creativity and ideas. I got to know her many years ago when she would do guest appearances on the t.v. news show I produced, and I have several of her works on the walls of my home. Rest in peace Barb, you will be missed.
Jayne Akizuki
March 25, 2014
I first got to know Barb when I worked for Vancouver Calendar Magazine. Barb was a regular contributor and her wonderful, whimsical art graced many editions. We were especially close friends with Barb and her husband Don in the 1980s. There were many fun-filled evenings with great food and laughter. Like many others who have commented here, I too will see Barb everyday as many of her works fill my home. Her series on Anne of Green Gables was a favorite of my mothers and Barb had a special place in my mom's heart as well. Barb - we will miss your wonderful smile, your great sense of humour and your caring heart.

My deepest sympathies to Don, Arthur and Roger. Take care and I hope knowing how highly regarded Barb was by so many people provides a little comfort to you in this time of great sorrow. God bless. Diana
Diana Barkley
March 25, 2014
As her past next door neighbor in Kits we are shocked to hear of her passing. Barb was whimsical and full of life just like her art. Her drawing of our home next to their home with Barb and her cat in it still graces our home in Philadelphia.
Our hearts go out to Don and the boys
George Mapson and Heather McLaren
March 25, 2014
Lots of great memories discussing Canadian heraldry
Barb was a wonderfully talented artist. Her special visions of Vancouver form a superb legacy. I was so saddened to learn of her passing and send deepest condolences to her husband and sons in their great loss. It was a privilege to have had so many chances to visit her at her studio on Granville . I treasure the memories of those visits and our discussions about her Vancouver scenes and even such wackier ideas as " the Twelve Days of Christmas in Vancouver" which we developed together. Her optimism, her effervescent style, and her infectious laugh were unforgettable and the mark of a very caring mother and community volunteer. She will be greatly missed but her work brings her instantly to mind.
Robb Watt
March 24, 2014
We were so priviledged to know Barb! We'll treasure the memory of her bubbly personality and extraordinary talent. Our thoughts are with you.
Lisa & Doug Smith
March 24, 2014
This is sad news about a lovely person with an infectious good nature. Too soon. Her legacy, however, will live on in her loved ones and her wonderful works of art. My condolences.
March 24, 2014
My deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful person.
dorraine kenworthy
March 24, 2014
Barb generously donated her art work of Canuck Place to the hospice. We use her lovely drawings of Canuck Plae Children's Hospice regularly. We are so grateful for her gentle presence and generous support for our organization, with her amazing gifts.
Margaret McNeil
March 24, 2014
Barb and I travelled together in the extended Carnarvon Community School group of concerned parents and volunteers while our kids attended there in the mid-90s and 2000's. She was one of the really good ones. A stellar joie de vivre and community spirit. I am very saddened by her passing way too soon. My heartfelt condolences to her family and close ones. Damn.
Kris Klaasen, Vancouver
March 24, 2014
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.
Bo Helliwell
March 23, 2014
We are thinking of you. Barb was a big part of our family as Mum (Ann Angus) loved Barb and her work. I have shared a few " ladies with hats" lunches with Mum and Barb as well as good laughs,travel talk, and conversation. We all have a lot of her charming work (we even kept all of Mum's). I feel sad to know I will not get a chance to see her flaming hair nor her effervescent personality again. My condolences to all.
Margaret Angus
March 23, 2014
I was so sad to hear about Barb's passing. I live in Calgary but was introduced to Barb's art work a few years ago. If I stand at the right location in my home, I can probably see at least 3 of Barb's pictures on my walls. And there are more. My daughter and I were so fortunate to meet Barb a few years ago when we were in Vancouver. Barb certainly left the world a more beautiful place with all of her wonderful pictures.
Susan Harrington
March 22, 2014
For our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband commissioned Barb to paint our our where we had raised our two sons and many animals. It hangs in our second house in a place of honour and I love it every day. Barb, you were so exceptional at capturing the essence of every thing you painted and giving so much joy. God bless you and your family.
Ann and Patrick Munro
March 22, 2014
Just a great lady and so proud to have shared so much with her over the years....she will be remembered forever in our household
ronald carels
March 22, 2014
Florence and I are saddened to read of the passing of Barb Wood. Aside from the pleasure of owning a number of her wonderful art works, we also enjoyed her lively and infectious attitude to life. We and Barb were for many years occupants in the same office building on Granville Street, so we spoke to her on a regular basis. A visit to her studio on the eighth floor of the Rogers Building was always a delight. It seems hard to think of that wonderfully colorful space without her there to brighten it with her infectious wit and goodwill towards everyone. She was a great human being and a very talented artist. Her loss is a hard blow to all who knew her.

Florence and I extend our sympathies to her surviving family members.
Brian & Florence McGregor-Foxcroft
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