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Joel Anthony Barrett passed away peacefully Easter Sunday in White Rock at the Peace Arch Hospice surrounded by his loved ones. With heavy hearts all his family said goodbye to a sweet wonderful soul. Joel was born on October 8, 1930 in Didsbury, Alberta to Roger and Emma. With his five brothers and sisters, he lived a small town life and accomplished all that he set his mind to becoming an excellent student, gifted pianist and fine artist. He went off to the University of Manitoba to study Architecture and later to Columbia University in New York where he received his Masters in 1956, at a time when few did, let alone a young man from a prairie farming town. Joel settled in Calgary where he joined the firm that would become Stevenson, Raines, Barrett, Hutton and Seton shortly after his arrival. As the firms Design Partner through 1988, he designed some of Calgary's most notable buildings such as the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts, Calgary Airport, Mount Royal College, and many churches such as St. Anthony's and St. James just to name a few. He received many awards such as the Governor General's award and was honored when named a fellow by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. During these early years he met a beautiful young secretary named Marion who caught his eye and became the love of his life, best friend, wife, and the mother of his children. They enjoyed for 58 wonderful years together. Family, friends, and gatherings were the focal point of their early years. In 1989 they relocated to Vancouver for a new lease and lifestyle. They settled in West Vancouver where they enjoyed the west coast lifestyle for over 25 years. During Joel's career at CJP Architects in New Westminster, he designed many excellent schools, hospitals and government buildings always with the needs of the occupants as his main focus. He enjoyed many years working side by side with his son Mark, Joel retired at 79. During his cherished 55 + year career he mentored many young architects and always cared deeply for the craft. Joel is fondly remembered for his kind demeanor, warm smile, sense of humor and keen intellect. Visitors all enjoyed his hospitality and ample beverage offerings "what are you drinking?" He had great pool and ping pong skills developed during his youth and hustled many quarters from his unsuspecting offspring in basement challenges. His artistic talents were many including 50 plus years of hand drawn Christmas cards featuring his children, family and grandsons. Joel enjoyed golf, tennis, spy novels, crossword puzzles, painting and most of all spending time with Marion, his children, Granny, his nephews and nieces and two grandsons. The last few years were challenging following a few strokes, but with the loving and constant care from Marion and Brad he still enjoyed these last couple of years and rarely complained. He will be greatly missed and forever fondly remembered. Joel is survived by his wife Marion, sons Mark and Brad, daughter Terace and daughter-in-law Andrea, grandsons Jordan and Drew, nieces Karen, Lucille and Donna, nephews Terry, Russell, Dean, Lane, Tim and Lance, his eldest sister Betty and sister in-law Marlene.In lieu of flowers, donations in Joel's name to the Peace Arch Hospice Society would be greatly appreciated. Their warm care and compassion sustained our family through Joel's final journey with dignity, love and respect, befitting such an incredible man. Our words cannot express the impact he has had on our lives and how he will be missed. A Celebration of his Life will be held on April 25, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hazelmere Golf Course Clubhouse in South Surrey.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 18, 2015.
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February 15, 2016
Just heard about the passing of Joel. My thought are with you and the family on your sad loss. As a new emigrant to Canada in 1967, I worked with Joel and was inspired by his work and enthusiasm. Eventually returned to the UK and qualified as an Architect. Without his mentoring I would never have had such a success in architecture. I have very fond memories of time spent with Joel all those years ago.
Tony Freeman
June 1, 2015
Hello Marion - I just heard of Joel's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Mom often spoke fondly of you and Joel.

Jan Thompson (Blackburn)
May 25, 2015
Dear Marion & Family,
We just heard that Joel had passed away. Our condolences to you and your family. Joel was such a kind gentle man. We loved getting his Christmas drawings each year (we still have them all),and our visits in Palm Springs.His accomplishments were many. He will be missed.
Arthur & Elaine Breyer West Vancouver.

Arthur & Elaine Breyer
May 17, 2015
Dear Marion just heard of Joel's passing so saddened for you ,Mark, Brad & Terace it has been great following your family via Joel's Christmas cards & your interesting letters. Life without Joel will never be the same, but so many beautiful memories to keep close. Just another angel in Heaven! Would love to hear from you . Your old Hendon Dr. neighbor
Fran Fraser
May 7, 2015
Hello ! My Mom Phyllis Scott McGrath knew your Dad Joel and I hope it's ok I sent the link to the obituary to her facebook page. My mom said your Dad was one of the most genuine kindest man. Our condolences. The McGrath My name is Scott McGrath and I live in Vancouver but Mom still lives in Canmore and didn't get the Vancouver Sun
May 4, 2015
Our sincerest sympathies to all of the Barrett Family.
We have so many fond memories of Uncle Joel and his amazing talents; He and Aunty Marion were such great friends to my parents.
Our prayers go out to all of you.
Andrea and Alan Beres
May 1, 2015
Dear Marion and family, we are saddened to hear that Joel has passed away. We have many fond memories of times spent and travels together in the past. We wish you peace and comfort.
Reinsch Family
April 28, 2015
My Condolences to Marion, Mark, Terace and Brad. I was very sad to hear the news. I have such great memories of spending time, almost every weekend at your home in Calgary. I was always treated with such respect and kindness whenever I was there. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike Fiselie
April 22, 2015
My condolences to Marion, Mark, Tracy, Brad and the extended Barrett family on Joel's passing. Growing up with Brad, my experience with Joel was of a man with unlimited generosity, kindness, humour and (especially) patience toward all who were lucky enough to visit the Barrett home. I have many fond memories as a result as do countless others.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom O'Leary
April 21, 2015
Dear Marion and Family,
We were so sad to read about Joel's passing; tried to reach you in Palm Springs in March. Am mailing a card to you at the Hazelmere Golf Course Clubhouse. We have moved. Love, Karen and Gord.
April 21, 2015
My Uncle Joel was both a gentleman and a gentle man, who possessed great grace, a mischievous sense of fun, and a kind and loving spirit. He will be sorely missed, and I am so sad that we can't be present in person to spend this time with my lovely Aunt Marion and my cousins at this difficult time. Love and remembrance from Joel's sister Betty and her daughter, Joel and Marion's niece Lynn Taylor (me...), from Peterborough, Ontario.
April 20, 2015
I have many fond memories of Mr. Barrett. As a child I was often at the Barrett's house with Brad and many others (it was the place to be!). He always had a smile for us and let "boys be boys". Our prayers are with you Marion, Mark, Tracy and Brad.
Paul and Andrea Valentine
April 19, 2015
Joel you were a beautiful soul. You will be missed!
Karen Riva
April 19, 2015
So sad to hear of Joel's passing. Met Joel and you Marion while Ted and Joel were both members on the Calgary Housing Authority. Ted and I had the pleasure of using your condo in Hawaii. Joel was a very respected member of the board. Let all of your cherished memories be a comfort to you and your family to get through this sad time.
Sincerely, Rose DesJardins
April 18, 2015
To Brad and all the family. My deepest sympathies to all of you during this sad time. Take comfort in the happiness and friendship Mr. Barrett brought to so many people. Sincerely, Darrin Hopkins and family.
Darrin Hopkins
April 18, 2015
We extend our sincerest sympathy to Marion and the family... from Calgary. Joel was a favored mentor of mine when I worked at Stevenson and Associates. Linda Snow enjoyed the many good times in the Architects Wives Group too!
Don & Linda Snow
April 18, 2015
Marion, we are deeply saddened by the news of Joel's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Marjorie & Kirk Seton, Calgary, Alberta
April 18, 2015
Such sad news, but many fond memories of a kind and talented man. Much love to Marion and Mark from Betty & I.
Dale Taylor
April 18, 2015
sincere sympathies to the Barrett family.It was such a pleasure to have Joel as a neighbor. He was such a nice kind man and we will all miss him.
linda&doug Church
April 18, 2015
Marion and family, my heart is with you. xoxo
Donna Morrison
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