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Barbara Heald

1943 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Barbara Heald Obituary

Beloved wife of Jim Heald, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 after undergoing emergency surgery at Bay Medical Center Hospital, Panama City, Florida while on vacation. Barbara was born in Geraldton, Ontario, March 14, 1943 to Kristian and Brita Wick. She grew up on the family farm near Nipigon. She attended elementary school in Nipigon where she first met her future husband in grade eight and attended high school in Red Rock. Barbara and Jim married in 1963 and spent almost 55 years together. Barbara is survived by her husband Jim, son Chris (Margaret (Nicolle (Marcus, and grandson Manfred), David, and grandson Kasey)), daughter Laura Da Silva (Victor), and grandsons Russell and Brody. She is also survived by her sister Sylvia Erickson, brother Larry, and sister-in-law Sharron Wick. She was predeceased by her parents and older brother Kenneth. During her life Barbara experienced a widely varying career. Following Grade 13 Graduation Barbara enrolled as an X-Ray Technician at the Port Arthur General Hospital, leaving that to help Jim follow his dream. Later, they were both teaching Adult Education on an isolated Northern Native Community for Confederation College where she experienced many success's with her students. Barbara graduated from Confederation College in the three year Community Gerontology Program. Following that she successfully completed the Registered Practical Nursing Program and was employed by the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital for nineteen years prior to retirement. Barbara had a passion for helping others. She was a staunch volunteer and Board Member for the Thunder Bay Alzheimer Society for a number of years and was instrumental in securing the funding to establish the Alzheimer Respite Program in Thunder Bay. Barbara was a member of the Kakabeka Falls and Rural District Branch 225 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Barbara spent countless hours volunteering for Legion functions and activities. For her dedication Barbara was awarded the Legion Certificate of Merit in 2010. In 2012 she received the Volunteer Ontario Award. Barbara was a member of the Thunder Bay Yacht Club as well and enjoyed many years of cruising on Lake Superior with her husband, family and friends on a succession of sail boats. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Her “Double Shell” afghans are prized family possessions. She also was an avid Bridge and Cribbage player, once making it to the Legion's Provincial Cribbage Tournament. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, March 17, at the Kakabeka Legion, 4556 Highway 17, Kakabeka Falls. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Barbara's honour may be made to the Rural Cupboard Food Bank, Kakabeka Falls.

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