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Needham Funeral Service

520 Dundas Street, London, ON

OBITUARY

Dean Richard Barber

December 16, 1967January 9, 2020
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Following an unexpected medical event, we are devastated to announce the passing of Dean Barber (Fort Nelson, BC), formerly of London, ON, at Vancouver Hospital on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 in his 53rd year. Dean was an especially wonderful and caring man and he was extremely passionate for the outdoors, wildlife, photography and doing whatever he could for those in need. He was a compassionate son, brother, uncle and friend. Dean will be forever loved and missed by his parents, Elva (Peggy) Johnson and Cyril Barber and his brother, Jeff and sister Leeann Barber of London, ON and baby sister, Allison (Kent) Styles of Regina, SK. He will be sadly missed by 6 nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17 from 6-9 pm at Needham Funeral Home (520 Dundas Street, London). The complete funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 1pm in the Church of the Ascension (2060 Dundas St East, London) with a private interment at a later date. The family would like to thank Vancouver Hospital ICU and the amazing Doctors and nurses who were so supportive and caring and especially the transplant team as Dean graciously donated his organs. In lieu of flowers donations to OWL ( Orphaned Wildlife ) Rehabilitation Society in Delta BC would be appreciated as Dean was a volunteer for sick and injured animals that were found with hope to have them returned and released back into the wild. Tributes may be made at www.needhamfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Jessie Neville

January 19, 2020

I had the privilege of meeting Dean when I visited my son in Fort Nelson, he would always drop by and ask how my visit was going and if Todd was treating me good. He was such a kind and caring man and was well respected by my son and his family. My deepest condolences go to his family. R.I.P. Dean you will be missed.

Todd H Penney

January 19, 2020

Dean was a great neighbour and a good friend to the family. My kids thought the world of him from our back yard fireworks. To our sled and quad rides together . He always bought a smile to their faces. Nothing a jolly rancher couldn’t fix. We love and miss you Dean. You will always be in our hearts. God Bless my friend.

Pam Black

January 18, 2020

I send my condolences to Elvie and her family on this loss of her son. Much love to all the family.

Peter Smith

January 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dean in a casual position at YYE (Fort Nelson) over the past number of years, and my wife and I would see him at the airport as we came and went on CMA flight.

We always had time for a good talk and he was ALWAYS excited to show me his most recent wildlife photos.

Some of those were highlighted in the Fort Nelson News recently, and he planned to put more in the paper about an owl he was able to release back into the wild. Some details on this along with his memorial will appear in the next newspaper.

His connection with the OWL Rehabilitation Society was growing, and it really energized him. He had many stories of wildlife he had assisted, and Dean had become the main contact for that Society in the far north.

After he got his first drone a few years ago, he captured footage of the dogsled races at Parker Lake, and the SYD train bridge. At one point in August 2017 I saw a black drone with a light flashing underneath flying over my house around 9 p.m . On a hunch, I texted him to see if he had his drone out and sure enough that was him! A couple years ago, Dean assisted with some drone footage for my small business and it took very little editing to turn it into a high quality professional product.

He was particularly excited after he got to drive a Porsche, a Ferrari and a McLaren in Vegas in 2018. I think that was very personally fulfilling for him. Of course he was equally passionate about his bikes.

Much of Deans work can be seen on his YouTube channel.

I wake up at night sometimes and can't believe he's gone. It's so surreal. I know from talking to his friends and acquaintances in Fort Nelson that he will be missed.

Our condolences to his Mom and his Family for this tragic loss of a fine man.

Peter and Kathy Smith,
Fort Nelson, BC

Marcie Pridding

January 17, 2020

Dean was our Station Manager in Fort Nelson, and although, I've only met him a couple of times, his kindness and big heart shown through. Dean was a dedicated volunteer up North and someone who everyone couldn't help but love. I'll always remember his welcoming ways and his interesting plane stories. We will miss you, Dean!

Nicole Dierick

January 16, 2020

My heart was shattered when I got the news , all I could do was sit and think of your mom Peggy, your sisters LeeAnn and Allison and brother Jeff and wanting to reach out and give them all a hug. Instead all I could do was extend my deepest love thoughts and prayers... Dean I am going to miss that big warm smile and all of your daily morning shots of your beautiful wildlife photos... I looked forward to them every morning... Sleep in the sweetest of Peace my friend and soar high on the wings of your angels...
Rest in Paradise until we meet again ......

Nathan Gabora

January 16, 2020

I know our time together was short Uncle Dean. But I know that in my heart I will always cherish it dearly. We love you.

Susan Size

January 16, 2020

Peggy and family - we are so saddened to learn of your great loss.
Please know that your fellow Board members and management staff in your condominium community are holding you in our hearts as you grieve Dean's passing.

Dr. Raffi Titizian

January 16, 2020

Dean, you will forever live in my heart and soul. Our memories we shared at the early stage of our lives shaped who we are today. So many happy moments, sad moments, many crazy moments all are deep seated in our DNA. Thank you for shaping me today and thank you for sharing so many memories. Your physical absents will be missed but your heart and soul will live for ever in every person who had the privilege to know you ! Love ♾

Elizabeth Garcia

January 16, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences Peggy and family. My memories of Dean will always be that he was a gentle soul and this translated into his love of animals. I'm so glad I got to see him a few years ago and we were able to go out to lunch as I hadn't seen Dean for a number of years. Rest I peace my dear friend. 🙏

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