Gordon Edward Barker


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.

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Woodvale Facility/Mill Woods Golf Course - Edmonton

4540 50 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 6B6

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One and only Gord! with his unique sense of wit and wisdom. Always alive in our hearts; love you sooooo much Tina.

Faye Rotondo

Tina, was so sad to hear about Gord. Just know you are in my prayers. We all will miss him dearly. Will always be in our hearts. Your memories will carry you thru many times to come. God bless you and family. Love & Blessings, Faye Rotondo

Betty kelman

Tina, my heartfelt condolences. You and Gordon have been kindred spirits and shared so many adventures together. You will miss him greatly. My prayers for you and for healing.

Jim Crocini

Gord has left me with many wonderful memories. He was a sincere friend and a great brother-in-law. His calm and easy-going manner relaxed everyone around him.

I will miss his engaging intellect and witty humour.

Rest in peace, Gord.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton

We very much appreciate Gord’s expert advice and help over many years. Our thoughts are with you at this time, Tina .
– Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton

Karen & Marlin Bauml

Sorry to hear about Uncle Gord, Tina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Karen & Marlin

Bob Rajan

I will always remember Gord for his wonderful positive spirit, that he brought to not only me, but to my parents, when we all lived in London, Ontario. Rest in Peace and love to you Tina.

Bobby, Shefali, Linus, Hazel, Lucy

Mark Lacina

I have very fond memories of both you and Gord during our Western days. It seems like only yesterday that we had all gotten together in 2001 for our 25th Class graduation anniversary. I always have a smile on my face when reflecting on Gord and I’m so sorry for your loss Tina. Love, Mark.

Pat Shinkewski

Tina, I was so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. My sincere sympathies.


Geology Class of ’76

Goodbye to a valued and well-liked member of the Geology graduating class of 1976 from the University of Western Ontario. Gord’s wit and skill with practical jokes were always a source of amusement and helped bond the class into a group. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Dan Crocini

Here it to a really dedicated person who definitely contributed to making the world a better place. With all of his hard work and dedication and his desire to help others and make them happy, he will be always remembered and will always be with us.

He has a great future ahead and I wish him all the best.

Lots of Love,


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