November 01, 1934 – February 17, 2016
At the age of 81 years
It is with great sadness, love and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barry Dennis Birnie on February 17th, 2016 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital at the age of 81.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife Jane of almost 60 years, daughter Sharon (Chris), son Kevin (Wendy), daughter Janet. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jason (Nicole), Amy (Mike), Jennifer, Alex, Cole and Spencer, 4 great grandchildren, Alyson, Rory, Sadie and Payton. Also by his special and faithful companion “Lucky”
Barry was born on the family farm in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, 1942 moved to Saskatoon with his parents and again 1949 moved to Chilliwack, B.C.
In 1952 Barry started his career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a cook. Was stationed at Esquimalt, B.C., and over his 22 year career was drafted to several ships as well as shore bases. He spent time in Korea in 1954-55, and in 1972 was posted to Inuvik for 2 years. In 1974 took his release from the Navy, moved to Smithers, B.C. with his family and opened a Takeout and Restaurant (Friar’s Hut 1974-1984),
In 1988 moved to Chilliwack then Vancouver for 11 years, and then retired in 2000 to the Shuswap.
During his retirement he enjoyed spending time at our daughters & husbands cabin at Francoise Lake and fishing with his wife, and family. He also loved camping and fishing with many friends in the lake around the Shuswap. He also enjoyed a good game of cards with all his friends, loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed watching a good game of hockey.
He was a dedicated Legion Member of both Smithers and Salmon Arm for over 40 years holding several executive positions. He received his Life Membership in 2015, he also received the “Ambassador for Peace” Medal from the Republic of Korea, and he was very proud and excited to have received this medal.
He will be greatly missed by all and will be in our thoughts and hearts forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Salmon Arm Legion in late June.
The family would like to thank Dr. Goldberg for his kindness and tremendous compassionate care and also Dr. Main and all the nurses in the Oncology Dept. as well as the nurses on the 2nd floor level.