June 21, 1957 – May 1, 2015
After a long journey following a cancer diagnosis three years ago, Barry passed away Friday morning, May 1. He was at home in bed, in peace, with the love of his family around him and the knowledge of the warmth and caring of dear friends.
Barry loved life. Among the many things that gave him joy were running, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, cycling, sailing, traveling, and spending time with his family. He was a passionate teacher who cared deeply about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for learning about the world. It gave him great joy to see this reflected in students. Barry loved to share his passion for the outdoors with students through backpacking trips to Mount Albert Edward and Cape Scott and trips with the ski and snowboard team; highlights for many students. He took great pleasure in meeting ex-students and learning about how their lives had progressed, whether through studies, traveling, working, or raising a family. Thank you to all those kind students who over the many years, either in word or in spirit, expressed their appreciation of Mr. Walker.
Barry was a warm, caring, and steadfast friend. Friends recall his strength of character, energy, gentleness, generosity and enthusiasm for life. Barry was also unafraid to speak his mind, to disagree firmly with others, and to fight with determination for what he believed in.
Barry loved his two sons dearly and was greatly saddened to realize that he would not have the opportunity to discover where their unique skills and personalities would take them in their adult life. He was exceptionally proud of his sons, for their bright curiosity, their independent spirits, and their acceptance of individual differences. He died confident that they each will find their own route to happiness and fulfilment.
Our family is blessed to live in such a beautiful caring community. The expressions of caring and support from friends, family, neighbours, students both past and present, and Isfeld school in particular, were overwhelming. We thank the many kind nurses, support staff, and doctors who went out of their way to provide more than just medical care, but to support Barry with dignity as an individual. Of particular note are Drs. Carol Ostry, Trace Thomas, Rocky Moise, and Barb Fehlau, who each in their individual way provided medical expertise and advice while also extending themselves personally to support both of us emotionally throughout treatment, and especially near the end of Barry’s life.
Barry’s sense of humour and his wonderful smile will be missed dearly.
Barry was predeceased by his father (John). He is survived by his mother (Alice), his wife (Cathy Cook), his children (Colin and Tom Walker), his sister (Lynn) and his nephews (Greg Field, Jared Hills, and Adrian Walker).
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Comox Valley Hospice Society are welcomed.