Russell William Barker
February 4, 1929 – June 28, 2017
Russell (Russ) Barker passed away peacefully at the age of 88 years with his family by his side in Kamloops, BC on June 28, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Horace and Evelyn Barker, brother Gordon and sister Maida. He is survived by his loving wife Marguerite (Rita) of 65 years, son David Barker (Debbie) of Canmore, AB, daughter Margaret Locke (Walter) of Kamloops and son Jeffrey Barker (Kathleen) of Ladner, BC, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also survived by his brother Keith Barker (Betty) of Kamloops.
Russ owned and operated Nicola Auto Body in Merritt for 31 years, retiring in 1985 to travel and enjoy leisure time with Rita. He was a member of Nicola Lodge AF&AM #53 for 55 years, receiving his 50 year pin in 2012. He was Master of the Lodge twice (1967 & 2003) and DDGM in 1970. He was an affiliate of Mt St Paul Lodge #109. Russ and Rita moved back to Kamloops in 1987.
Russ had a lifelong love of fishing and gardening, and also enjoyed curling and playing bridge.
Celebration of Life will be held on August 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Kamloops Masonic Hall, 351 Nicola Street.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers at Marjorie Snowden Willowby Hospice Home as well as the doctors and nurses on 7N RIH for their kind and gentle care. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to the Kamloops Hospice Association www.kamloopshospice.com/home
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