Ronald Charles Barry

Ronald Charles Barry

With great sadness we announce the passing of our “Clan Chief”

Ron C. Barry, born to William and Margaret Barry in Edinburgh, Scotland. Predeceased by his parents; his sisters Margaret, Edith and Beatrice; brothers Eric and John; brother-in-laws, Bill Sampson, Alec Mackie and Richard Austin; and daughter Lorraine Meek. He will be sadly missed by his surviving family: loving wife of 66 years, Lorna; Sister, Evelyn; children: Ron (Marlene); Robert (Sheila); Ed (Theresa) and Andrew, as well as 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

As an airframe carpenter with the RAF, he met his future bride while stationed in Newton, England in 1950. After a two year posting in Malaya, they returned to England. Ron soon left the forces, taking his growing family to the west coast of Canada. Always a hard worker, he would lay his hands to almost anything to support his family in hard times, ultimately becoming a shipwright with the Dockyard, before settling in Sooke in 1969.

Ron was active in the community with the Coopers Cove Ratepayers Association, on various committees, and joyously singing with the Sooke Community Choir for 24 years. He had a passion for politics, always advocating for the common man and basic human rights. As shop steward at the Dockyard he helped bring in asbestos safety regulations. Ron was a true gentleman, always treating people with kindness and respect. His sense of humour and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by many.

Reception at Sooke Museum Pavilion, 2070 Phillips Road, Sooke, Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00.