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Dr. Patrick Theophilus Barnes

15 juin 19418 janvier 2021

Dr. Patrick Theophilus Barnes (retired) breathed his last breath, on Friday, January 8th, 2021, at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Patrick was born on June 15, 1941 in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa, to Joseph Crispin Barnes, and Magaya Lydia Barnes (both deceased). Patrick was the second oldest of 14 siblings, whose surviving members are now living in various places around the world, including Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada.

In 1961 Patrick came to Canada to attend medical school at the University of Ottawa, on a full scholarship. He did 2 years of pre-med, followed by 4 years of medical school, completing a full Bachelor of Arts degree during the summers of medical school. He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1969, and was accepted as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1974. His time in Ottawa was not only fruitful on the professional front, he also met his “Goco” (sweetheart), Maude Bernadette Laurie King there in 1966. Maude and Patrick were married on September 26, 1970. They would go on to have 3 children, Rodney, Leslie, and Milton.

In 1976, Patrick got his first “big break” as a physician when he was invited to join the staff at Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst, Ontario. During his time in Hearst Patrick’s French language skills were an invaluable asset as a physician, this excellence in patient care was recognized with the distinction of being awarded the "key to the city”. A 30-year career as a general surgeon followed, not only in Hearst, but at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, Ontario, and his most notable and lengthy tenure at York Central Hospital (now MacKenzie Health Centre) in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Among his many accomplishments in medicine, Patrick was among the pioneers of laparoscopic surgery in Ontario. Patrick retired from full-time surgery in 2006, but continued working as an endoscopist at various clinics before fully retiring in 2010.

Patrick’s 3 children were the pride of his life. He loved to boast of their accomplishments and successes, whether big or small, and attend as many of their extra-curricular activities as his demanding schedule as a surgeon would allow. A great believer in pursuing one’s dreams, Patrick never pressured his kids to follow in his footsteps career-wise, but expected them to strive for excellence in whatever activity, career path, or personal passion they chose to pursue. His own passion for the medical field did, however, inspire his middle child Leslie, to take up the “family business” and become an accomplished surgeon in her own right.

Since their early days in Ottawa, Patrick and Maude were fixtures in the growing Sierra Leonean community in Ontario. Over the years they became respected elders in that community and often helped many newcomers get settled and adjust to life in Canada. With his charm, humour, warm smile, and infectious laugh, Patrick was often the life of any social event he attended. His children also fondly remember the lavish and fun-filled parties Patrick and Maude would host in their homes, events rich in food, music, dancing, and laughter.

Patrick was a man of faith. He was raised in the Evangelical tradition. His faith journey took a dramatic leap forward in 1985 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. From then on, he joined Maude in active church life. He served as an usher and communion server at Agincourt Pentecostal Church in Scarborough, Ontario for many years. Not surprisingly, he became a popular member of the ushering team, where he impressed and inspired with his warm, caring demeanor, and humble servanthood. As well, he was twice nominated for the Board of Deacons, and he and Maude hosted one of the church’s Home Bible Study groups. After their time at Agincourt Pentecostal Church, Patrick and Maude attended Above All Christian Gathering in the west-end of Toronto for several years, before joining the congregation of their current church, Toronto International Celebration Church, near their home in North York. I n March of 2006, Patrick was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident. He was treated for a brain injury at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, followed by a period of convalescence at a rehabilitation facility. His family was grateful that he survived this significant trauma, despite developing mild dementia as a result of the brain injury.

Over the next 14 years, Patrick was thrilled to celebrate the marriages of all three of his children and experience the joy of participating in the lives of his grandchildren. On September 26th, 2020 Patrick and Maude celebrated the incredible milestone of 50 years of marriage; one distinguished by faith, commitment, love, family, friends, hope, and joy.

In December of 2020, he became ill and was found to have contracted COVID-19. He was admitted to Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto on December 21st, 2020, where he was treated. His health improved somewhat over a two-week period, however, further complications resulted in a progressive decline. The family was able to connect with him through virtual meets to see and speak with him, and to convey their love. He passed away peacefully, with his wife Maude and, his youngest son at his side. Husband, Father, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, Surgeon, Christian, Friend; Patrick Barnes was dearly loved, highly respected, and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic a private funeral service will be held for the family on Sunday January 17, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON L4J 1W3. Please join the family virtually through the livestream link; http://ipickart.ca/stream/Barnes/

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Helene Cote

5 février , 2021

Dr. Barnes was a kind, compassionate, open-minded physician. I have fond memories of his humour and humanistic approach to medicine when he lived in Hearst with his family. My condolences to you all.

Rose Marchione

4 février , 2021

We are very saddened to hear the news of the Passing Of Dr Patrick Barnes. We are most grateful for his knowledge and professionalism in treating our Mother in 2005 and today she’s thriving. His bless Dr Barnes and May you Rest In Peace.
Respectfully yours,
Rose Marchione and family

Ezra Ncwana

1 février , 2021

With pain and sorrow I say goodbye to a dear friend, Patrick Barns. Yet, I am joyful that in his departure he has fulfilled that which our Heavenly Father created him, to love and care for others - to provide for the fulfillment of the needs of all who came his way. he was a lover of people. Back in 1965 as students, for a brief period we shared accommodation and we loved partying. Pat then bought a car and I registered it in my name as it would have cost him too much to insure it, given that he was under 25 years of age. At the end of that year a friend of mine from the U.S. banged into Pat's car at my wedding reception. Pat wanted the police called but my friend begged us not to as he was unlicensed. I assumed that responsibility by claiming to the insurance company that I had parked the car and in my absence the accident occurred. The only untruth was that I hadn't driven the car. Years later, in Hearst, ON Pat helped promote products I was selling that had been imported from Africa. Even though we saw little of each other lately, my late wife's and my friendship with Pat and Maude never attenuated. We were honored to attend the wedding of their older son. Maude has even donated a large amount of sewing materials to my church in Ottawa for our sewing classes.
Maude and family, please stay blessed.

Kenyeh Fred-Horsfall

31 janvier , 2021

From Us to You,

We start off by saying thank you Uncle Patrick for making sure our moments with you were joyous, fun & filled with love. Trips to Canada were some of our favourite holidays as children. We looked forward to seeing our cousins Milton, Rodney & Leslie, running around in the house, playing with Crash (the crazy dog), jumping on Milton’s big bed, laying in Uncle Patrick & Aunty Maude’s bed (that was Mukeh) and so much more. Thank you for your generosity, kindness & love. You will be deeply missed but we hold onto the wonderful memories we have of us.

Love from Ngaya, Kenyeh & Mukeh xxx

Siaka Kroma

24 janvier , 2021

In Memoriam
This is a tribute to a friend to whom I owed so much, delayed by the concern that nothing I could write would match the debt I owed him in life.
I first met Patrick in the Bo School, Sierra Leone, in 1959. He was my senior in school. In a system where seniors routinely bullied their juniors, P.T.B. was an angel. He was the comfort to the weak. He was so loved and admired that when his Cambridge School Certificate result was announced, we carried him shoulder high and danced with him around the campus in celebration of his brilliant performance, to the envy of his classmates.
After Bo School, I had the fortune to meet him again in Canada when I went to do my doctoral studies. I remember my train ride to Hearst, Ontario in the winter of 1979 at his invitation. I had the pleasure to meet Maude, his soulmate, for the first time. P.T.B. had not changed a bit. He was still the caring person I had known in the Bo School twenty years prior. As a graduate of a school whose motto is ‘Manners Maketh Man’, P.T.B. was an epitome. He was a gentleman, kind, respectful, considerate, and generous. During that visit to Hearst, Ontario, I also got to know Maude. Indeed, God does make perfect unions.
During my doctoral studies in Toronto, P.T.B. regularly checked on me, bringing me the usual carton of beer and a handsome change to tide me over lean times. At a challenging time in my life, when I was saddled with the burden of three children while preparing for my final examinations, P.T.B. and Maude appeared like Godsent angels and offered to take my children in while I finished my studies. Thanks to them I completed my studies and returned to Sierra Leone in 1984.
It is with such memories and gratitude that I remember P.T.B, my friend, my succor, my mentor. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant Maude and the family the strength to cope with this heavy loss.
Goodbye my friend. Rest in perfect peace.
(Dr) Siaka Kroma

Ilse Brandhoff

24 janvier , 2021







to the Barnes Family

Dr. Barnes saved my life 22 years ago thanks to his surgical skills and I often mention his name with praise and honour

Hannah Manilla

21 janvier , 2021

Dr. Barnes removed my gallbladder in December of 1988. He was such a wonderful, caring person. I will forever be grateful for his medical ability and great personality. He made me feel very comfortable and less worried about the surgery. He will be sorely missed.

GEORGE ROBERTS

19 janvier , 2021

We will miss you, Pat. Your gentle soul, your modest demeanour, and your generous nature. We will always remember your calming presence at large social gatherings and your elegant touch in the more intimate settings at your home and ours. Rest in peace. George & Tunus Tregson Roberts.

Token Akpan

18 janvier , 2021

Dear Adopted Father,

I am so sorry that I waited so long to come and let you know that I am doing ok. Please, forgive me. I will miss you very much. You opened your home and hands to me and my family. You showed us what love is and I learned humility from you. May you continue to shine in the presence of Our heavenly Father as you shone here on earth. And to my Adopted Mom, my brothers, sister Rodney, Milton, and Leslie and your families, please be comforted in the Arms of the The Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ. May His presence never leave you as you navigate through this time. We the Akpan’s appreciate you so much and you are certainly in our prayers. 🌹Papa, see you soon🌹

Token and Family.

Wallacia Barnes

17 janvier , 2021

Rest in Peace gentle soul, rest in the loving arms of The Almighty, my sweet Uncle. ❤️

Me and my family are forever indebted to you, you gave us an opportunity to make a life in Canada. We are eternally grateful! 🙏

We will remember your kind, warm heart, your laugh, your smile, your caring and loving ways. We are so proud of you, and all that you stood for, a man of pride and love and dignity, who was loved by all. Our memories of you will remain tucked in our heart forever.

Our deepest condolence to his devoted wife and soulmate Aunty Maude, his loving 3 children, Rodney, Leslie, Milton and all his siblings. May the force of God be with you all, place a shield of protection around all of you and keep you safe. ❤️🕯️🌹
Wallacia, Ayo, Wallace Jr., Crispin, Ms. Mary

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