Slocan Forest Products founder dies at 89

Ike Barber, who founded Slocan Forest Products, and built it into one of North America's leading lumber producers, has died at 89.

Slocan Forest Products founder Ike Barber has died at 89.

Ike Barber, who founded Slocan Forest Products, and built it into one of North America’s leading lumber producers, has died at 89.

Barber passed away Friday at home after a long illness, the University of BC said today in a news release.

Barber spent 18 years with MacMillan Bloedel, and later joined Triangle Pacific, which operated in the Slocan Valley.

As vice-president and CEO of Triangle Pacific, he teamed up with co-worker Ron Price in 1978 to buy the sawmill at Slocan and form Slocan Forest Products.

The company later acquired sawmills and other facilities throughout BC.

Barber retired as chairman in 2002, and the following year Canfor bought Slocan Forest Products. The Slocan sawmill was subsequently purchased by a local concern that rebranded it Springer Creek Forest Products. It has been idle for the last year.

In his retirement, Barber was one of BC’s leading philanthropists, endowing the University of BC, where he graduated from the forestry program in 1950.

He donated $20 million to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, and $10 million to establish the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Interface Program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC bestowed him with an honorary degree in 2002, and the following year he received the Order of BC.

Barber spent five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Jean, whom he married in 1943, and three children.

A memorial is planned for June.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

1919: Hudson’s Bay Company gets an addition, council votes to exclude ‘undesirable enemy aliens’

Greg Scott brings us five Nelson Daily News stories from a century ago

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

Man found dead identified as Andreas Pittinger

Pittinger was known locally for hosting a radio show

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read