BARKER, Gordon Edward
1953 – 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon Edward Barker announces his passing after a brief illness, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the age of 63 years.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Christina (nee Crocini), his sisters Rhoda (John) and Kathleen (Dennis), and his brothers James (Elsje) and Robert (Kaaren).
He was predeceased by his father James in 1969, his mother Kathleen in 1997, his brother Jack (Audrey) in 1995, and his sisters Jean (Hector,2002) in 1981 and Doreen (Ted) in 1997.
Gord had a career spanning 34 years as a consultant in computer software and database development and was the recipient of many awards in this field. He also co-authored several Microsoft Training and User guides. He very much enjoyed playing the tuba and performed with several local community bands. After retirement, he was a volunteer for the Edmonton Food Bank, the Alberta Railway Museum (archival history at the Provincial Archives of Alberta), the Animal Research Ethics Board of MacEwan University, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Accessible Media, and at many casinos to support local community groups.
Gord was a warm-hearted and gentle person who had a great love for nature and helping others. He had the unique talent of making those around him feel at ease with his ready smile and amazing sense of humour.
A memorial service for Gord will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 11:00am at the Woodvale Community Facility (4540 – 50th Street, Edmonton). A reception will follow at the same location.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grey Nuns Community Hospital (c/o Caritas Foundation), the Edmonton Food Bank, or CHES (Canadian Harambee Education Society).
Many thanks to the kind and caring ER staff at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital as well as the ICU of the Sturgeon Community Hospital.