OBITUARY

Barry Burke

August 16, 1962November 13, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden death of Barry in Vancouver BC. He was predeceased by his father William Brian Burke (October 2006), mother Janet Marion Burke (December 2009), and brother Glenn Matthew Burke (August 2017).

Barry is survived by his loving children Georgia (Brian) of Calgary, Stuart of Vancouver, Josie of Vancouver, and Gloria of Toronto, as well as two grandchildren, Aidan and Jaye of Calgary. He also leaves to mourn his passing his siblings Lorne (Lori) of Edmonton, Janet of Bermuda, Christine (Phil) of Vancouver, Janice (Scott) of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Joe (Glynis) of Vancouver. Barry leaves behind a large extended family of Burkes and Pettingers. We would be remiss to not include his former wives Judie & Tracey, his Emma Lake, Sask "family" from his many happy childhood summers spent there, and friends in Edmonton & Vancouver, too numerous to mention.

Barry grew up in Edmonton Alberta but spent the majority of his adult life in East Vancouver. He was an avid sports fan, major trivia buff, lover of all things retro, a creative cook, and music enthusiast. Barry had a magnetic personality, always keen to connect with those around him, and eager to share any number of funny stories and misadventures.

A Service of Remembrance for Barry will be held Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Hamilton Harron Funeral Home, 5390 Fraser Street, Vancouver followed by an open house at his residence in East Vancouver. The family kindly requests that attendees to the service be double vaccinated. Picture ID, vaccination passports, and masks required.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the service will be streamed live at https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/40995.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ovarian Cancer Canada in memory of his mother. In keeping with Barry’s spirit of generosity for those less fortunate, drop-off boxes for food donations to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be set up at the service.

So I walk up on high and I step to the edge

To see my world below

And I laugh at myself while the tears roll down

‘Cause it’s the world I know, it’s the world I know.

- Collective Soul

Services

18 December

Service of Remembrance

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hamilton Harron Funeral Home

5390 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5W2Z1

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Taynar Andrade

December 3, 2021

Barry,
I am so glad we crossed paths and got to laugh, share stories and work alongside each other. You are dearly missed.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Love,
Tay

Sofia Cortes

November 30, 2021

Barry was special to me, I experienced his kindness, tenderness and love, I am grateful for all the shared experiences. My heart is in grief, but with lovely memories.

He was such a unique person. Reading here the memories of his friends has let me know other beautiful facets of him.

I admired his willingness to help everybody selflessly, and how well he always kept his house clean, tidy and nice. I remember how much He enjoyed tending his garden or cooking... making delicious creations!

My Barry, I will miss you. Now God is holding you in his arms. You will be in my heart forever.

Rita Dekleer

November 29, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Barry,
we only knew Barry through our relationship with Gloria who is best friends' with our daughter Lucia. Barry was always a kind and caring dad when we met him through our girls. Full of life, stories and wanting the best for Gloria. Paul and Barry chaperoned the Grade 10 TREK program final party and enjoyed many laughs together. Wishing you peace as you are surrounded by warm thoughts, prayers and support of those who love you and knew Barry.
Rita and Paul Dekleer

Tatiana Ramirez

November 24, 2021

Dear Barry,

You are now in the presence of endless and unconditional Love, and I know you are more than happy there. You will always be remembered here as a happy, friendly and free soul. I attached a picture of when I gave you a short tour in Bogota, Colombia.

You are in Peace, in the presence of the Lord Loving God

Tatiana Ramirez

Chris Drinkwater

November 23, 2021

I don't even know where to start when remembering Barry. We worked together for years, always laughing, and having way more fun than we probably should.
Spent many, many late nights playing ping pong in his garage and discussing every topic under the sun.
Barry was more than a friend to me. I always bugged him that he was my vancouver dad, or my big brother. He was a mentor both in the skilled trades, and generally in life.
I will always remember you Barry.
Thank you for all the time we all got with you.
My heart goes out to everyone, and especially his family.

Jinnie Pak

November 22, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear about Barry’s passing. The world is a little dimmer now without him in it but I’m grateful for all the wonderful memories I have of him.

When I bought my first condo, he came over and helped me hang my big mirror and wall decorations. When I bought my RX-8, he called the salesman and reamed him out
for not having locking lug nuts on the wheels (needless to say, I received locking lug nuts :)) and when I left Method, he sent me a beautiful email that reminded me how long we had known each other. He said he was grateful for having special people in his life to help him get through some tough times. I hope he knows how many people he has touched and helped through some tough times!

I will miss him dearly and my heart goes out to his family and friends for the tremendous loss.

Joe DeMichelis

November 22, 2021

BB, I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said by so many of the people whose lives you touched. It's hard to summarize the last 20 years in a few lines but here goes..

For 20 long years you always were there
I hope that you knew how much we all cared

Feeding birds in the alley, you'd start every day
Then donning your toolbelt to enter the fray.

You'd drop by for a visit, each day before nine
To share the results of your Sports Action line
.
Then off to hang posters or paint a scuffed hall
Your now famous Okja still lives on our walls

The D.I. would call, or perhaps Edit 2.
"Barry come quick, there’s a leak in our roof"

You and your craft went beyond our four walls
If we had trouble at home, we just had to call

And not just our building, you helped fix us too.
My First Aid wingman, like Maverick and Goose

For 20 long years you walked through my door
I'm so very sad there won't be 20 more

I'll miss you brother...

Barry Perih

November 22, 2021

Barry was a larger-than-life character who could bring even the shyest person out of their shell. A master tradesman, he made my job - and life - a heck of a lot easier and better. Barry could MacGyver just about anything.

Case in point, falling leaves from the trees clogged the storm basins on the streets by the studio, spilling knee-high water onto the sidewalks. With his rubber boots at home, it would seem Barry would get soaked from this task. Not to worry, Barry thought for a second and emerged wearing knee-high garbage cans and wielding a rake. He got more than a few looks that day, but he got the job done, like he always did, his signature smile in tow.

Barry Burke - conqueror of storm basins, master of barbecues - whether backyard or rooftop, teller of tales - both tall and short. Thank you, Barry, for your kindness, generosity and warm spirit. I will miss our talks, but I can still can hear your distinctive voice, and my life was much richer knowing you.

Take care, Barry from the other Barry.


Marianne O’Reilly

November 21, 2021

Oh Barry, it’s Marianne here, aka Shamus. Can’t remember why you called me that, but it really didn’t matter. We all loved the clever names you’d create for us.

I’ve attached a picture of the hinge on that antique butter cabinet you so lovingly restored for me 18 yrs ago. This hinge was CAKED in layers of paint. In fact, I hadn’t much noticed it when I bought it…was more focused on repainting the whole cabinet. You found this diamond in the rough. YOU were a diamond in the rough.

I love that restored cabinet even more now. It’s travelled about 8,000 miles. Vancouver/Maryland/Montreal/Vancouver/Okanagan where it is now proudly displayed. It’s been with me through the best and worst of times, and now lovingly houses my daughter’s art supplies. Thank you for seeing the beauty in it.

I meant to tell you this when I returned to work out of 50 W 2nd. That I still adored it. I’d hear you jingle jangle down the halls, we’d share a brief ‘Howdy’, state of affairs update, knowing that we’d chat longer when there was more time at a company function or a Rainmaker reunion. There was always more time and I was always preoccupied. Then the pandemic hit and we dispersed; working from home.

So my friend, I’m somewhat shocked and speechless here. Not sure how others have been able to beautifully, eloquently and ACCURATELY describe you and your impact on them. Makes me cry. You always made time to host and connect with team-members in unique ways…smart. As Tracey describes, whip-smart… CBC radio smart. You’d think someone with all this time chatting wouldn’t get much done, but you were so bullishly-efficient. We’d laugh that you were like Eldon(?) on Murphy Brown; always there renovating, never quite done, biggest character on the show. 50 West 2nd. Longest. Project. Ever.

Now you can rest easy my friend.

Please give PQ, Bob, and Bill a hug from the Rainmaker girls. I can’t believe you’re with them too. So lucky to have that cabinet…it’s even more special now. ❤️

Shayna Banaag

November 21, 2021

My first day at Method, 8 years ago, you came into the old IO office and we talked to the teeth about life in Alberta, growing up in Edmonton. We became fast friends after that. I'll never forget your crazy stories over seas. Cheering me up with a beer in the alley way while on a smoke break. Watching you feed the birds in the morning. You were the snazziest dressed in our 4 person entourage to Drinkwater's wedding and becoming the life of the party as always. I will miss you.

FROM THE FAMILY