John Barry CAMERON

John Barry CAMERON


Born July 31, 1928 in Winnipeg, MB and passed peacefully on November 28, 2010 at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby, BC.

He is survived by his second wife Ruby, his four children Heather, David, Rob and Laura, grandsons Andrew and Arden, nephew Grant and nieces Pat and Sandra.

With his older brother Bob, Barry spent his early years in Manitou, MB. He joined the Army Reserves at age 14 and later served for three years as a commissioned officer. He went to teacher’s college and earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba.

He married Jody in 1957 and they made a home for their growing family in Chilliwack, BC. As a teacher, he shared his love of history and geography and pioneered a new Law 12 curriculum at Chilliwack Senior Secondary. He enjoyed many kinds of music, especially the big band sound. On occasion he played his trumpet for Remembrance Day services. Jody and Barry divorced in 1986 but they remained friends.

Barry married “his Ruby” in 1994 and together they traveled to the UK and lived in Abbotsford and Calgary before returning to Chilliwack. Barry made friends easily, even in his last months.

The dear staff members at the George Derby Centre knew him fondly as ‘Cam’. He loved a good limerick and his sense of humour and joy in singing were gifts to everyone around him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Hampton House on Hodgins Avenue in Chilliwack on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society of BC.

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