February 24, 1951 – December 12, 2018
Chuck Barkman went to be with his Lord and Saviour on December 12 at the age of 67, his wife by his side.
Predeceased by parents, Martha and Walter Barkman and an older brother, Ralph in childhood.
Survived by his loving wife Ginny of 20 years; his sons Bryan (Leah) and Rick (Jolene); sisters Dolores and Patricia (Mark); brother David (Laura); grandchildren Bridgette and Grayson, Ginny’s daughters, Melissa (grandson Kaleb) and Erica (John); nieces and nephews, their spouses and children and many cousins.
Chuck was born in Three Hills, Alberta and moved with his family to Chase in 1965 where he attended Chase Secondary School. All his adult life he worked in construction, building homes and structures in Chase and the Shuswap. He had a great interest in sports, especially hockey and baseball. When his sons were old enough to play ball he drove them to countless games and for many years he coached both boys’ and women’s softball. When young nieces and nephews came to visit he enjoyed taking them hiking, swimming and cross country skiing. It was a special treat for them when he would switch on his model railway in his basement room.
Following his love for model railroading, Chuck (with nickname, CeeBee, as he became known) also came to be a long distance “beta tester” for many years, for Auran, a computer software company based in Australia, testing and contributing to their model railroading simulation software, Trainz. He was well known for their inclusion to the Trainz 2004 version, of Chuck’s “Highland Valley Railway”, that started many on the path to computerized model railroading. He also contributed to the Platinum Version of Railroad Tycoon 2, with his Interior British Columbia portrayal of our Kamloops and Shuswap, area, through the PopTop Developers, published in 2003, with whom he followed closely, during those years.
An avid Canuck’s fan, he was also a big supporter of Chase Heat and enjoyed attending many hockey games with Ginny. Their backyard garden with its small fruit trees gave him a great deal of pleasure throughout their years together. He enjoyed viewing the night sky with his telescope, hiking, birdwatching, and woodworking, building bird feeders, bat houses, bird houses and other inventive things. Chuck was kind and considerate, curious and interested in life, always ready with a smile. He will be greatly missed.
A few years ago, Chuck found out that he had a genetic condition that destroys both the liver (and in turn, the lungs), and was also the likely cause of his older brother, Ralph’s death. Chuck eventually came onto the list for a liver transplant, but was still in the “pre-assessment” stage when he passed away in Vancouver General Hospital, due to a sudden and swift decline.
Special thanks to Dr. Glanville, Dr Widmer, Dr. Reid, and the doctors, nurses and staff that cared for him, both at Shuswap Lake Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC and Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC and to the Transplant Team who kept a close watch on him, during his time in Vancouver.
Memorial donations may be made to Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and the Canadian Liver Foundation, www. liver.ca.
A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in Spring.