Richard Barber

April 9, 1928 –

February 5, 2016

Rick was born and raised in Trail, BC. After high school he spent 4 years at Cominco as a machinist’s apprentice. While still in Trail, he met and married Gwen Clark of Nelson. Having 2 careers in 2 towns didn’t work so, so in the early 50’s he moved to Nelson and took a job as an orderly at the Nelson Hospital, where he worked until he retired. Rick and Gwen had 2 daughters Jonni in 1954 and Lynne in 1956, Rick joined the Masonic Lodge when he was 18 and remained an active member for several West Kootenay Lodges for more than 50 years becoming Worshipful Master of Granite Lodge 154 and District Deputy Grand Master of B.C. He was also Associate Guardian of Bethel #10 of Jobs Daughters while his daughters were members.

Rick was an avid bowler throughout his life, bowling several 300 games. He also enjoyed cross country skiing, and sometimes golf. Camping was also something the whole family enjoyed in the summer and tobogganing, and skating in the winter.

Rick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gwen, his daughters Jonni (David) and Lynne (Peter), 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents. By request there will be no funeral.

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