It was sad news for us all when we learned of the passing of Freddy, our favorite friend and long standing member. We will always remember his contributions to the club, for giving us a all a reason to cherish life and live it to the fullest. We will all miss him greatly.

Born September 11, 1916 in Liverpool, England, Fred passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC. October 8, 2012. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan, in 1998 after 59 years of marriage. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Peter (Barbara), North Vancouver, David (Coleen), Victoria, Barbara (Peter) Bosiak, Stirling, Ontario, Pauline, Winnipeg, and daughter-in-law Cathy. At the age of 96, Fred continued to be actively involved in the lives of all his grandchildren of whom he was so proud, Brian, Connie (Corey) Olimb, Jennifer (Andrew) Wright, Chelsea (Terry) Crawford, Laurell, Beth Bosiak, Nicole (Andrew Gunning), Jill and Paige Curry, 4 great granddaughters Christina, Chantelle, Ellie and Sophie, and a great-great grandson, William. Also, he is survived by several nieces and nephews in England and Ireland. Fred continued to be an active member of the West Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club and the Seniors Centre. He was also well known in the West Vancouver and Lynn Valley Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. Fred had many valued friends in all of these organizations. Golf was his passion for many years and he was very proud of his numerous ”holes in one”. Fred was a lifelong singer and a founding member of the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir. As a skilled machinist in the Liverpool shipyards, he made essential repairs to the convoy ships during WW2. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 50 to take the position of machine shop inspector at Bata Engineering, Batawa, Ontario, working there until he retired. Then Fred and Joan spent many happy years traveling in their RV. Always upbeat, he would burst into song or recital at the drop of a hat. He will be sorely missed by many. A memorial service will take place at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, on Saturday October 13, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the West Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club in Fred’s name.

North Shore News: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nsnews/obituary.aspx?n=frederick-edmund-barker&pid=160350290&fhid=5847#fbLoggedOut

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