Keith NEWPORT

NEWPORT, Keith C. “Barney”. May 8, 1927 – Oct 15, 2013. Barney Newport passed away at CGH on Tuesday, October 15th after a brief illness. He was born in Eston, Saskatchewan, the middle child of 5 children. Joining the merchant navy at the age of 15, he travelled the southeastern hemisphere during WWII. He returned to Vancouver after the war, met and married Valerie Booth in 1947. They had 3 children, Lynn, Keith and Richard who died shortly after his birth. Prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1955, Barney trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in New Westminster, BC. He spent the majority of his 25 year career as a para rescue medic posted to Greenwood, NS, Marville, France, Comox, BC and Lahr, Germany. His last post was Chilliwack, where he retired. He had over 100 parachute jumps, went on alpine rescue and scuba rescue exercises and served as the medic on the 160 km Nijmegen, Holland march three times although he rode a bicycle. He always maintained he was a fly boy, not infantry. Barney’s main interest was sports. He would have watched a tiddlywink championship if he could not find any other sport program on TV. He played hockey with the Old Timers league until he was 70 years old. He continued to be a loyal fan of his son’s and grandsons’ sports participations. He is predeceased by his son Richard in 1959, wife, Val in 2008, his son Keith in 2013, and his sister, Joan and brother Glenn. He leaves behind his daughter, Lynn, daughter-in-law, Corry, Granddaughter, Kimberley (Sean), grandsons, Christopher (Kara) and Brandon and 4 great grandchildren. He is survived by his sisters, Mary, Geraldine and Patricia. There will be no funeral by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 280 in Vedder Crossing, where he was a founding member. He is now at peace and among those he wished to be with.