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Barker James

Barker James

Saturday, March 10th, 1928 - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
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Obituary

BARKER, James Cooper passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 17th, 2020 at the age of 92, as a resident of UnionVilla since early 2012, where he was well cared for on the Box Grove unit. He was born March 10, 1928 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He was the youngest sibling and the brother to four sisters. Following the sudden passing of their mother, Jim and his sisters moved to Richmond Hill in 1929 and lived with their Aunt Emma Barker. He spent the remainder of his life in York Region, living 54 years in his home in Victoria Square, tending to his vegetable garden, supporting his family and serving the community. Jim made at least one return to Saskatchewan in 1944 to work for his cousins during the fall harvest.

Jim attended school in Richmond Hill and eventually took a job as a mechanic at an International Harvester dealership, owned and operated by his future brother-in-law, Floyd Perkins. He met Coral Perkins at the dealership and they married in October 1956. Jim worked for Jones Construction and Premier Ready-mix Concrete as a plant maintenance mechanic. He retired in 1992.

Jim was a dedicated contributor to the village of Victoria Square, devoting time to the local park and community centre, including serving on the Community Centre Board for 45 years. He took on the task of creating an outdoor skating rink and arranging for the Town to plow the snow. He was instrumental in organizing softball teams, games and leagues for youth. He coached, umpired and scheduled the games. He arranged for the purchase of equipment and uniforms. He often paid for the chalk himself to line the diamond. He did not seek accolades or attention for his service, he simply wanted to make a worthwhile contribution for the enjoyment of others.

He is predeceased by his wife Coral (Perkins) 1995, and his son Paul, 1987. He is survived by his son Ross, Dale (Donna) and daughter Loralee (Domenic). He was the very proud grandfather to Elizabeth (Joel), Jeff, Jordan, Jayna (Tajae) and Joshua. He is predeceased by all of his siblings – Elinor Cunningham, Florence Campbell, Lillian Nixon and Marion French. He will be missed by all of us including his many nieces and nephews and cousins.

As per Dad’s wishes, and due to the current public health conditions, a limited service for the family is planned at Marshall Funeral Home, with a live stream available.
Burial will occur following the service at Victoria Square United Church cemetery.

When it is safe to gather, a well-deserved celebration of life will be planned. Donations in lieu of flowers in Jim’s memory can be made to:
Unionville Home Society, or Parkinson’s Research, or Special Olympics Ontario.
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    Victoria Square Cemetery
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    A private service will be held by invitation only.

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BW

Bruce & Jennifer Weston

Posted at 07:57pm
Our deepest condolences to the entire Barker family. Our thoughts are with all of you.
WM

Wesley Mantle

Posted at 03:21pm
A beautiful service and celebration today of Jim's life well lived in quiet and faithful service to his family, friends, and the community of Victoria Square. I loved hearing the memories from his grandchildren and lessons learned from Dale, Loralee, and Ross. His integrity, character, work ethic, and love will remain with each of you.
JP

john perkins

Posted at 11:21am
One of my favourite and long-lived uncles, Jim was a kind and gentle soul who always tried to help others. My condolences to the remaining family.
John Perkins
NP

Neil and Dolores Pickering

Posted at 11:19am
Our sincere condolences to Ross, Dale, Donna, Loralee, Domenic and the grandchildren. We certainly have wonderful memories of Uncle Jim and will treasure the times we had together. He was a most dedicated husband, father and community volunteer at the Victoria Square park facility. Well done!! See you again in Glory!! Our love to all the family. Neil and Dolores Pickering
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