Brian Gregory Barden

November 4, 1930June 9, 2013

BARDEN, Brian Gregory (November 4, 1930, Lamberhust, Kent, United Kingdom – June 09, 2013 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) (Retired Director of Truck Sales, General Motors of Canada) We remember and celebrate the full life of Brian Barden and announce his passing on June 9th, 2013, at Lakeridge Health-Oshawa surrounded by the love of his family. Brian was married to his loving and devoted wife, Jill, for nearly 58 years and together, they raised Jane, Kim, Wendy and Stephen – all of whom adored him. Brian will be sadly missed by Jill and his children, his sons-in-law Steve, Paul and Geoff and daughter-in-law Angie and by his grandchildren Christopher and his wife Jacqueline, Brian and his wife Shannon, Liam, Willy, Emma, Braeden, Jack and Cole and great-grandchildren Patrick and Emilie. Brian was predeceased by his father Stephen, mother Nora, sister Betty Dürr and brother Michael and will be remembered by relatives in England, Denmark, Australia and the United States. We knew Brian as a caring husband and father, for his professionalism, dedication, kindness and generosity through 35 years of employment with General Motors of Canada and his unwavering good spirit in the face of the challenges presented to him later in life. He was rarely seen without a smile by any of his doctors, nurses and therapists since his first stroke 21 years ago but, sadly, that smile was taken from us for good with another stroke on Friday. An enormous thanks to all of the healthcare professionals who cared for Brian at Lakeridge Health-Oshawa, Mt. Sinai Hospital and York Durham Aphasia Centre. Loving gratitude especially to the wonderful Garden Gate team at Hillsdale Terrace Long Term Care and to the staff of the Supportive Care ward at Lakeridge Health-Oshawa for their compassion during Brian’s last days with us. Very special thanks to Dr. Ted Brankston for his ongoing care and support. Keeping with dad’s wishes, a private family service will be followed by a celebration of his life at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, Oshawa (905-721-1234) on Thursday, June 13th, from 7 – 9 p.m. at which time friends will be received by the family. The family would appreciate donations made in Brian’s name to the York Durham Aphasia Centre, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SickKids Toronto or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dad, we’ll see you again soon for another run down the ski hill, one more sail on Georgian Bay and a glass of scotch at the end of the day…..


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2013

Brian Gregory Barden

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June 14, 2013

Hi Jill,
We likely go back a long way, to when you and Brian came to Oshawa. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences go out to you and the family.
Ross & Joan Perigoe Calgary Alberta

June 13, 2013

Wendy, so sorry to hear about your father.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Randy and Hanna Little

June 13, 2013

Dear Jill, Jane, Kim, Wendy, Stephen and Families,
My deepest condolences to all of you. Your husband and Dad was a very special person who loved his family so much and you have been there for him in happy and difficult times. You have a special place in my heart from Dr. S.J. Phillips days and Jill and I enjoyed catching up on your wonderful, busy lives when we met on occasion at No Frills. Treasure the happy times and wonderful memories that you have been able to share with your beloved father. Love, Elizabeth Currie

Karen Gregory Barden

June 13, 2013

Dear Jill, Jane, Kim, Wendy, Stephen and families. My deepest condolenses. My thoughts will be with you all, when you celebrate Brians life on the 13. Love from your niece and cousin.

June 12, 2013

Jill I had the please to work with Brian at the GMC Truck Center for several years My deepest condolences to you and the family. Joe Hampson (Bradford On)

June 12, 2013

Our deepest condolences to the entire Barden family on the passing of Brian.
Linda and John Mchughan

Sherry Rollins

June 12, 2013

My husband and I worked at the GMC Truck Centre with Brian for many years. He was always a very cheerful man and would talk about skiing to me. He always had a smile on his face and I remember him fondly. My sympathies to the entire family during this most difficult of times. Regards, Sherry Rollins and Ron Titley (Bowmanville)

Sherry Sullivan

June 11, 2013

Jill, my deepest sympathy to you and your family as you go thru the next few days and weeks ahead. Thank you for including me in Brians birthdays. He always had a smile on his face no matter the situation. Love to all, Sherry Sullivan

Barbara Wallace

June 11, 2013

Jane, I am so sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences to you, Steve, Chris, Brian, their families and to your entire extended family. May memories of happy times together ease the sadness you are feeling now. Please know you are all in my thoughts at this time, and in the days to come.
Much love,