Keele, Barry I. C. of Malakwa BC passed away on November 16, 2010.
Born in Nut Mountain Sask. January 25th, 1931, he was raised in Vancouver BC by his grandparents Hugh & Adeline Keele.
Barry met the love of his life Sheila M. (Chalmers) Keele in 1965 and they moved to the Interior of British Columbia where they spent 32 years together. Although they never settled down in one spot for long, Barry always said that home was where Sheila was. He lost Sheila in 1997, and after 13 years of missing her, he has gone home again. We know dad is standing hand in hand again with mom – where he is happiest. Barry was also predeceased by best and childhood friend – Robert Dovey of Naniamo, BC.
Dad wore many hats in his lifetime, oil rigger, heavy equipment operator, mill worker, tow truck driver, small business owner, but if you were to ask him what he considered his greatest folly – he would laughingly admit to the building the truck canopy in the dining room incident. His most important accomplishment – he would have said family – loving us and making us laugh. Who’s gonna make us laugh now.
“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Barry will be remembered, loved and sadly missed by those he leaves behind. Sisters – Adeline (Moe) Banks of Naniamo BC. and Dell (Robert) Saunders of Qualicum Beach BC. Brother – Gerald (Sylvia) Johnson of North Saanich, BC. Cousin – Warren Lowey of Abbotsford, BC.
Dad and Mom are both missed by their small but close knit family. Son – James (Ana) Keele, Alyssa and Alex of Kamloops, BC Daughter – Kathy Keele of Malakwa BC
Friend and Daughter of the heart – Sonya (Jesse) Canning of Cache Creek, BC.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank : Dr. Rosemary Kelsall, Dr. J. Beech and the nurses and staff of SLGH, Ashley and Michelle – Social Worker Liaisons for helping to bring Dad home. Community Care Nurse Diane Barr and Homecare ladies. The Red Cross. The Bell Family of Three Valley Lake Chateau – Ethel, George, Carol, Melody, Rene and Families. Rhona Martin of the Malakwa Café. Friends and Neighbours – Barb, Randy, Myles, Kurt, Carol, Rick and all those that took the time to listen or lend a hand. Thank you.
Barry did not wish to have a service, but, because he had a soft spot for “poor starving kitties” donations to the SPCA or the Kamloops Spay and Neuter Clinic would be appreciated.
Thanks to Fischer’s Funeral Services. Condolences or shared memories can be left on line at: www.fischersfuneralservices.com