December 15, 1947 – May 20, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mick. He fought a hard but short battle with cancer. Born, Patrick Micheal in Port Arthur, Ontario, “Mick” got his forever nic-name from his Irish mother. He moved to Ocean Falls at a young age, where there he met and married his wife Darileen and had their first daughter Marie. His wandering spirit and love of change led him on a variety of paths, moving to Kitimat to work for Eurocan and where his second daughter, Tracy, was born, then a few years later back to Ocean Falls. They moved to Vancouver Island in 1978 where he stayed until 2005 working for Dept. of Highways and then Canfor as a warehouseman/first aid attendant and later as a conductor on the railway. He struck on to northern Alberta for his last career change working for CN, then returned to Vancouver Island to be with his family.
He had a great love of dogs and was rarely without one in his life. His last being, his beloved great dane Cleo. Fishing was his other great past time and took him back to Ocean Falls with friends to pursue the big one. He followed his favorite hockey team, The Boston Bruins, since childhood much to the dismay of a few friends! A hockey highlight was attending the arrival of the Stanley Cup in Port McNeill and being able to touch it. Mick lived his life to the fullest and treasured his family and friends. Mick’s friends were very special to him, some of whom were life long friends he grew up with.
He leaves behind his wife Darileen, daughters Marie (Kevin)Carpentier, and Tracy (Joel) Gobeil, grandchildren Keegan (Becca), Kennedy, Taylor, Kirstin, Emma, and Tommy. He also leaves behind brothers Bill (Lin) Barker and Glenn (Christol)Barker, brother-in-laws Art (Craig) Gullett and Jim (Chris)Gullett and sister-in-law Diane Gullett. He leaves many nieces and nephews.
Mick is predeceased by his parents Pat and Al Barker, his in-laws Betty and Horace Gullett and his beloved grandson Corey Carpentier.
Thank you to Dr. Carswell for all the years of great care he gave to Mick. Thank you to the Cancer Care team and the nurses of the 3rd floor palliative care for their compassion and care during his illness. Thank you to all our friends and family for their support at this difficult time.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 12PM at the Masonic Hall 2905 North Island Hwy. (Next to the Toyota Dealership) Campbell River, BC.