August 10, 1931 – July 1, 2019
Edgar was born in Manchester, England, the only son to Ellen and Edgar Barlow. To his mother Ellen, he was Teddy. To most he was known as Ed. He was the middle child of the family, between two sisters Dorothy and Helen.
Joining the Royal Navy at 15 years old as a Boy Seaman, was the beginning of a lifetime of dedication and service. In 1951, Ed transferred to the Canadian Navy and served for another 20 years. During those years, he and his first wife Patricia settled in Esquimalt, where they built a home and raised five children.
Upon leaving the Canadian Forces, Ed served the Municipality of Esquimalt, retiring as Public Works Superintendent in 1999. He also dedicated his time to the James Bay Athletic Association for more than a decade, serving as president for a number of years.
During retirement, he was never idle. Ed maintained the beautiful landscape he created with his wife Grace, on the property they purchased in Sooke in 1992. The yard included elaborate masonry work, a pond with a stream and a train track to accommodate the 7 1/2 gauge steam engine that he fabricated and built himself.
Family and friends have many fond memories of pig and lamb roasts Ed and Grace hosted at their home for Ed’s birthdays.
Ed’s final few years have been back in Esquimalt at The Renaissance senior apartments with his wife Grace. He donated his train to the Saanich Historical Society, where it has been converted to coal fuelled.
Ed is survived by his oldest sister Dorothy, his loving wife Grace, his 4 sons: Robert, Allan, Glenn and Brett, daughter Rosanne, stepdaughters: Mary-Kay, Kathleen and Rhonda, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the James Bay Athletic Association at 205 Simcoe St. Victoria, BC V8V 1K6 on August 10th from 1 – 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JBAA Junior Rugby Program.
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