James Russell Barber

James Russell Barber

Sunset and evening star

And one clear call for me

And may there be no moaning of the bar

When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep

Too full for sound and foam

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell

When I embark.

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

~ Tennyson

Knowing he was loved and treasured, Jim crossed the bar on February 26, 2015, quietly holding the hand of his eldest daughter. The character that was grown and tested throughout his life and during his career in the RCN and after his retirement as he met with new challenges, provided strength for him as he continued to look forward – even to the end. His stories shared with all reflected the experiences of a life well and fully lived and loved and will remain in the hearts of all who knew him.

He leaves behind daughters Vikki (Mike) Marrs, Cheryl (Donny) Hewlett, and grandson Graeme (Chantelle) Barber. He also leaves behind step-daughter Cathy (Walt) McAloney and brothers Sev (Hazel) Barber and Frank Barber as well as nieces and nephews and extended family members and friends both in Salmon Arm, the Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

Many thanks to Dr. McCallum and to the staff at Mt. Ida Mews for their supportive caring and attention to detail during Jim’s last days. There will be a celebration of life held at the end of April with announcement ahead of date. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services, Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Jim’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.


Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.