Barry Parks — obituary



On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Barry, son of the late Irma and Jack Parks, passed away in hospital with his loving wife by his side, after an eight year battle with multiple myeloma, and more recently, complications from surgery, and finally a brief struggle with leukemia. Barry faced all of these medical challenges with amazing courage, quiet dignity and composure. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife and best friend Patricia (Paynter), his “bro” John (Marilyn), his nephews Jason (Megan) and Justin (Lara) along with his extended Parks and Paynter families, his many friends at Canadian Tire, his long-time friend James and his neighbours Glennis and Jack as well as his four-legged buddies, his dog Snoopy and his cat K.C.

Barry accomplished much in his life but was extremely proud of his 40 year career with Canadian Tire where he worked as a mechanic, service advisor, shop foreman and service manager. A life-long passion in all things mechanical culminated in his ownership of two vintage vehicles and a fleet of small engines, possessions which provided him many happy hours of “tinkering”. His interest in aviation led him to complete all of the ratings leading to a commercial pilot’s licence and the ownership of two planes. He loved “the farm” and was always tackling new projects. A “recycler” long before it was fashionable, he used his imagination and resourcefulness to bring new life and purpose to many items which would have otherwise ended up in landfill. For his family and friends, however, Barry’s greatest accomplishment will be the many fond memories left in people’s hearts of a kind, generous and loyal friend, a man blessed with a wicked sense of humour, a warm and loving brother, uncle, son and devoted husband.

Family and friends are invited to share memories at the


127 Church Street, Almonte, Ontario (613)256-3313

on Friday March 4 from 7 to 9 PM and on Saturday, March 5 from 10 AM until 11 AM where a Celebration of Barry’s life will be held in the Gamble Chapel. Reception to follow.

For those who may choose to honour Barry with a memorial donation, please consider any animal welfare organization such as L.A.W.S.

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