Barry Norfolk Smallwood

It is with the greatest regret that we announce the passing of Barry Norfolk Smallwood on December 19th, 2008.

Barry will be remembered as the man behind “Barry’s Drapery Track Service” in Kamloops for many years. He was well known in the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club and was a passionate advocate for all animals and supporter of the Kamloops SPCA.

Barry was born in 1933 on the Isle of Wight, UK, and grew up during the war years in various locations throughout Great Britain. He served with the British Army of Occupation post World War II in Germany and Austria. In 1967 he, with his wife Della, son Simon, and daughter Jane, emigrated to Canada settling first in Calgary and moving to Kamloops in 1973. He loved exploring the back roads and open spaces of Western Canada.

Barry was predeceased by his first wife Della in 1994 and his son Simon in 2006. In 1995 he married Joyce Gilchrist and upon their retirement, they moved to Blind Bay on the Shuswap where they enjoyed their years together at the lake, camping and traveling, especially to Maui. A master carpenter, Barry built and paddled his own kayak and became very interested in producing and utilizing biodiesel fuel. He was a man of endless talents and interests and could never pass by a dog without patting it.

He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by loving wife Joyce, daughter Jane (Ken), daughter-in-law Marisa, step-son Kevin (Barb), step-daughters Susan (John) and Katherine (Kevin), and his grandchildren Andrew and Samantha Gilchrist, Adam Smallwood, Kate, Laura and Julia Dumbrell, Madeleine and Liam White. Barry is also survived by his sister Muriel (Keith) Campbell of North Wales and sister-in-law Lorraine Braden (Dick) of Kelowna.

Special thanks to the staff of the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House and to Dr. Calder as well as to Dr. Mavis Hollman for her limitless compassion to our family. Dear friends Ed and Linda Klemm have been our helpful angels.

The family requests no flowers but those who wish may donate to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House, the ALS Society of BC, or the SPCA in Barry’s memory. A private service was held on Monday, Dec 22nd at Schoenings with the kind and loving assistance of PEO Chapter AT. His life enriched all those who knew him.