Dec 6, 2017
Alex Barth passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 after a long struggle with the affects of Lewy Body Dementia.
Alex started his career with the RCAF in 1955. He met and married Linda in Chatham, NB and together they started their adventures taking postings in France, Summerside PEI, La Macaza QC, and finally to Comox. Alex and Linda decided they would settle in the Comox Valley and bought their family home in Cumberland, where they stayed.
Alex was a hard worker, often taking on one or two extra jobs to ensure his family was provided for. He worked over the years as a bartender both on the base and at establishments such as the Cumberland, and King George Hotels. Being a Jack of all trades, he also worked in a Charcoal factory and as a butcher’s helper. If anyone needed a hand with something, Dad was there to help.
Alex was also a member of the Cumberland volunteer Fire Department for many years. Dad was a great story teller, and some of the best times with Dad and Mom were spent around the dining table or campfire as Dad regaled us with stories of his travels and adventures. Sometimes Dad would read to us his favourite Robert Service Poems, embellishing with accents and side notes.
After retiring from the military in 1985, Alex worked as an ambulance attendant with the BCAS. He found this career very rewarding, making great friendships along the way. Alex was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Linda, in 2011 and he missed her dearly.
Alex will be lovingly remembered his daughter Joni Barth, son James Barth and daughter Susan (Glen) Harrison.
Alex was also a proud grandfather, Papa, to Jeffrey and Thomas Bailey, Danita (Ray) Champagne, Don (Brittany) Harrison and Amy Harrison; along with great grandchildren Stuart Berry, Joseph Champagne, and Hanna and Evelyn Harrison.
Alex will also be remembered by his sister Anne Barth of Montreal, QC and will be greatly missed by good friend Arlene Berry.
Thanks to the caregivers and staff at Glacier View Lodge for the great care our father received while living there.
Alex’s wish was for no service. Please join us in remembering Alex by visiting our memorial at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com
Memorial donations in Alex’s name may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC (www.alzheimer.ca/en/bc).
Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home