Courtice Funeral Chapel

1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON


Brian Barkwell

September 28, 1950October 19, 2019

Brian passed away peacefully at the age of 69 on Saturday October 19, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Cherished husband of Josette. Proud dad of Jenn (Nathan) and Chris (Sarah). Predeceased by his son Michael. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Jayden, Allison, Mackenzie, TJ and Brooklyn. Dear brother of Ian (Rita) and Sharon (Gabi). Brian will be deeply missed by extended family and many friends. Visitation will be held at COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (1587 Highway #2, 905-432-8484) on Wednesday October 23, 2019 from 2 – 4p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Baby’s Breath Canada.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 23, 2019


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Edward Swynar

October 28, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Brian's passing...

We used to work together --- a LOT, too --- in General Motors in years past...

Ronald Stinson

October 28, 2019

Sorry to hear your run is over Brian. We enjoyed so many years of you chasing me around on the football field. A tenacious competitor with a great attitude. Never on the same team, but we could always have a good time together. I'll look you up when I get there just as long as you promise not to chase me. Your friend, Ron

Shaun Kent

October 27, 2019

Dear Jo.
I just came back from vacation and heard about Brian passing.
Please take comfort in the memories you have from your long history together and the special bond you two had. He often told me how happy he was to finally find unconditional love. You made him so happy when you finally agreed to marry him.....but it is sad it was for a short period of time. He was a special guy and a good friend and will be missed.
Don’t hesitate to call if you need us.

Leslie Gauthier

October 25, 2019

Jo our deepest condolences to you ,Brian and yourself are family to us love the Gauthier family Richard,Leslie,Erica and Logan . ❤️❤️

Leslie Gauthier

October 25, 2019

Jo our deepest condolences to you, you and Brian were family and he will be missed dearly love the Gauthier family Richard Leslie Erica and Logan.

Judy Jackson

October 23, 2019

Jo and family

I will be thinking of you all day and sending energy to you on this very sorrowful day. I will be there 150% in spirit and Brian will feel it and you will know it. Unfortunately he won’t be there but he knows the hurt you feel in your heart without him.
Please stand tall and beautiful. Stay strong ..You were his best friend his lover and His Strength!! Hugs. Love Judy

Scott Kuyt

October 23, 2019

I worked with Brian off and on for many years at GM. He could always make me laugh in a place that wasn't easy to. I respected Brian in how he handled himself and that he was always fair with people. We helped each other both in and out of work over the years. I will miss him dearly. His smile and his sense of humor.
RIP Brian

Sharon Avery

October 23, 2019

Debbie, Jenn & Chris,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Brian and your Dad. I know that he loved you all and was so proud of you. Cherish your special memories as no one can take them away. Praying for all of you as you go through this difficult time.
Sharon (Schnaider) & Ron Avery

Andrew Craig

October 23, 2019

Jo: So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Condolences from Beth and I. Wish we weren’t so far away. Andy

Nathan Waller

October 22, 2019

I must say, what an amazing man I was honoured to know! He truly taught me so much as a man and a father. His unconditional love for his 2 children and his grandchildren was an inspiration. To be with him so much through the final months I saw his unrelenting fight not just in him but his children as well. He was and will forever be so proud of his family! I will always be honoured and blessed to be his son in law, and even more proud to be a part of the family he spent his life creating! I love you Brian, and I will always stay true to the promises I made to you!