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BARBOUR, John Keith

June 5, 1940 – April 18, 2013

(John) Keith Barbour, beloved husband of Marilyn, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the age of 72 years.

Keith was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan to Archie and Muriel Barbour. The family settled in Cowley, Alberta and he attended high school in Lundbreck after which he worked in the oilfields as a welder and mechanic. In the early 1970’s he became involved in the Materials Handling business and eventually owned and operated Western Materials Handling & Equipment Ltd. in Calgary for many years along with his partner and good friend, Kirk Hudson. In 1996, he sold the company and retired with Marilyn to Cochrane.

Keith was a “jack of all trades” and he mastered them all. He was never too busy to lend a hand to any and all in need. He enjoyed ‘puttering’ in the yard, wood-working and travelling. He and Marilyn enjoyed many wonderful trips over the years.

He will be forever remembered lovingly by his wife Marilyn; his daughters Traci (Mitchell) George and Shana (John) Welsh; his beloved and cherished grandchildren Miranda and Gavin George and Mairenn and Darian Welsh; his beloved sister Lorene (Ed) Collins and his dear brother Dennis (Sharon) Barbour and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be fondly remembered and loved by all who knew him.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Garden Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations are welcomed to the Carewest Sarcee Hospice 3504 Sarcee Road S.W., Calgary, Ab. T3E 2L3. The family would like to extend our heartfelt Thank You to Doctor Desiree Hao and Camelia Lee of the Tom Baker Centre for their care and support and the Sarcee Hospice staff for the compassion and kindness shown to Keith during his short stay there.

In living memory of Keith Barbour, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Kathy Martin :

    We met Keith for the first time when we moved in beside him and Marilyn, and became neighbors. My husband and I both commented shortly after Keith introduced himself, what a kind, soft spoken, easy going man he seemed to be. Over the years we enjoyed many long conversations over the fence, as we worked on our yards. Every time we spoke, it confirmed even more that Keith was the kind of neighbour everyone wished that they had. We will always have many wonderful memories of him, and it is these wonderful memories that we are so grateful to have been given.
    Thank you Keith – We’ll miss you dearly…

    Randy, Kathy, Breannon and Lucas Martin

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  2. Tom & Sheryn Hall - and Family :

    Traci and Family,

    Our hearst are with you during this difficult time.

    The Hall Family and Mom Sparks,

    xoxox

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  3. Amy & R.J. Veldhoen :

    Marilyn and family,
    Our hearts are with you in the loss of your dear Keith. Such a good friend…such a loss. We will be with you to say goodbye.

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  4. Kathleen Hagan :

    To Shana and all your family,
    My sincere condolence to you all. Losing such a signficant person in your life is so difficult, regardless of whether you had months or years to prepare for it. Let your hearts and minds be filled with the many memories of time spent together.
    Kathleen, Kevin, Odessa and Carter Zeh

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  5. Hi Marilyn, Lorene, Dennis and everyone else in the family, I’m so sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. I had such great memories of spending time with him and of touring his company’s headquarters in Calgary. My thoughts are with all of you now as you prepare for the service on Friday.

    With much affection,

    Andrew (Anne’s son)

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  6. Dear John, Please accept my deep sympathy to you and Shana’s family. My thoughts will be with all of you.
    Kit Leung

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  7. Sabrina D George :

    It is with a very heavy heart that we reach out to each of you and tell you how very sorry we are for the loss of Keith. As we know nothing will ever fill the void you have in your heart. May the love and the years of memories help you all through this very difficult time. We hurt so much because we love so much.
    Much to all of you, Sabrina & Family

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  8. Jack W. Cates :

    So sorry to hear this. I worked with Kieth at Robin-Nodwell in 1963. Just a great guy.
    Jack W. Cates

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  9. Darcy Strepaniuk(Adrian & Tristan) Tanya Salwach :

    Mrs.B, Shana, Traci, and rest of the family, my deepest condolences. There is never a bigger loss than family, it pulls at the strings of life and reminds us to live in the present, remember the past and to embrace the future. Strength will come from places you never knew and you will grow stronger as time moves forward.

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  10. Kelly-Murphy family in Ireland :

    Lovely memories of Keith. A true gentleman. Our condolence to Marilyn and family.

    Kelly-Murphy family in Ireland.

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  11. Brian P. Graham :

    Aunt Marilyn, Traci, Shana and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time , Sorry to hear about Keith(brother-in-law and Uncle)
    Take care of each other at this time and in the following days. Love Brian and Peter Graham

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  12. Denise & John Dionne (Emily & Lucas) :

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Much love and strength to you all.

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  13. Deepest sympathy Marilyn Traci Shana and family

    Fond memories, great times, will always remember you Keith

    Peg & Michael

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  14. Desmond Murphy :

    To Shana, John, and the whole family. Our thoughts are with you all as you grieve the loss of Keith. We met Keith only a couple of times and found him to be a charming man who so obviously loved his family. We are truly sorry for your loss. Love, Desmond, Michelle, Eire and Aidan.

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  15. Sian (Trigg) Taylor :

    I certainly remember many fun times at your house growing up!!! I will never forget your dad, he was always smiling! Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. He is in a much better place now. May your memories of him always be cherished.

    XXX OOO
    Sian, Greg & Chantel

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  16. Since Keith and I met in the mid 70’s in Vancouver we traveled, partied and enjoyed each others company both at business and with our families. Keith was a great friend to me I have no hesitation saying he was my best friend.
    Marilyn, Traci, Shana my deepest sympathy with your loss. Mike

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  17. Lowell & Glenda Roberts :

    Marilyn & Family

    We were so shocked and saddened when we received your phone call telling us of Keith’s passing. He was a super guy and we enjoyed your continued friendship even after we moved back East in 1988. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keith will forever be in our fondest memories.

    Sincerely

    Glenda & Lowell

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  18. Rob Heppell & family :

    Dear Shana, John, and the Barbour family,
    I was sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. Over the years John has spoken about him often about how his was such a great guy. From reading the other condolences, his has had a positive impact on many people. We are thinking of you at this time.
    Rob, Cindy, Haleigh & Noah

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