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SIMPKINS, Barry Douglas

July 15, 1937 – Toronto, ON
December 22, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry Simpkins on Monday, December 22, 2014.

Barry is survived by his loving wife Barbara; children Jennifer (Paul) and Adam (Leanne); grandchildren, Julia, Maya, Owen and Isla; sister Lynne (Don); mother Kay Lane; and numerous relatives.

Barry lived life to the fullest. He worked for several years with the City Planning Department. In his leisure time he enjoyed music, hiking, cross country skiing, travel, and learning new languages. He played an active role in the Norseman Ski Club and the Prairie Mountaineers and Calgary Weekend Hikers’ clubs, and spent many hours volunteering for Meals on Wheels, AMI, Cross Conservation Area and ESL programs at Bow Valley College and Calgary Public Library.

A Celebration of Barry’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to say a special thank you to Southwood Hospice for all the care and support you have shown during this difficult time.

In living memory of Barry Simpkins, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Ineke Boudewijn :

    Dear Barbara and family, I was saddened to hear of Barry’s struggles these last years and of his passing. Sending you comfort in your time of grief, Sincerely, Ineke Boudewijn

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  2. Sincere condolences Barb to you and your family.
    I have many happy memories of hiking with you & Barry.

    Bruce Dunlop PMH/CWH

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  3. Don Cockerton :

    Dear Barbara and family;
    I was very surprised to read of Barry’s passing this morning and normally would have attended his “celebration” service but unfortunately will be out of town. Consequently I would like to pass on my condolences to you all in this short note. I met Barry when he was the club contact person for both the Prairie Mountaineers and Weekend Hikers in the late 1990’s. I worked for Alberta Parks and, along with others, helped to establish the volunteer Trail Care Program for the Friends of Kananaskis Country. Barry was one of the key organizers and supporters for this fledgling program which today is the main program for the Friends of Kananaskis Country. He was always a pleasure to work with, a visionary person with a healthy sense of the value of community building and the benefits to all of a successful volunteer organization. I definitely count him as one of the “builders” of a more sustainable approach to managing trails and engaging users in our beloved Kananaskis Country and elsewhere here in Alberta. This is another of his many positive legacies which I hope will give you and the family some comfort during this time of loss. Best wishes to you!

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  4. John + Lorraine Morrall :

    Dear Barbara & Family.
    We were very saddened to learn about Barry. However we have fond memories of hiking with you and Barry and the Prairie mountaineers and staying in hostels. I also recall working with Barry on various transportation enineering projects in Ontario many years ago and Calgary. He will be well remembered for his contributions to the engineering profession and his collegiality.
    Kindeest Regards
    John + Lorraine Morrall

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  5. It was so sad to hear that I will not meet with Barry out on the trails anymore. He was always a good conversationalist to walk beside on the hikes with the Calgary Weekend Hikers or to meet up on the trail and share a story with.
    I happen to have to go to Ontario to my cousins funeral at this time but will donate to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in memory of Barry.
    Hopefully, I will be able to find the tree planted in memory of Barry in Fish Creek.
    Barry will be missed.

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  6. Mark Hambridge :

    Dear Barbara and family – it was a privilege for me to work briefly with Barry in the City of Calgary Planning & Development Department in 1991-92. I remember those times well and Barry stood out as a colleague and gentleman. I am sure you too have many happy memories; please accept my condolences and sympathy in your bereavement.

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  7. Edith Morlidge :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Barb. Sorry, I can not be there on Wednesday. See you when I get home. Hugs Edith

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  8. Hello Barb and Family,

    It is with sadness that I heard about Barry’s declining health and passing in December. I have so many fond memories of skiing in Ribbon Creek and later getting to share Barry’s love for music with the Westwinds.

    He was the most kind and generous man, and will be missed in all of our hearts.

    Best Regards,

    Neil Fawcett

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  9. Mike and Linda Rainey :

    We are very sorry to loose such a wonderful person. We enjoyed many trails and discussions over many years together. We became lost one day on the trail, and even with two guys who you would figure to be brimming with knowledge and experience were scratching our heads for a short while. We sincerely offer our thoughts and prayers to Barb and Family. It has become a habit to place a stone on the cairn for ones who are no longer with us. Barry will be added and thought of often.
    Respectfully, Mike and Linda Rainey, PMH.

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  10. My most sincere condolences to you and your family Barb.
    Perhaps I think of Barry most in the role he played as my hiking club mentor with his encouragement on hikes and to be part of the club executive. One thing I particularly remember is how he asked to take my eight year old grandson Cleve up through the Yamnuska Chimney while I stayed at the shoulder as I was coordinating the hike that day. They came back, a thrilled boy and Barry declaring him to be a real hiker.
    With love, Donna Fallon

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  11. Pat and Peter Minnema :

    Hello Barbara and Family.

    It is with great sadness that we heard about Barry’s passing. Please accept our condolences.

    Both of us have fond memories of many hikes with you and Barry since first meeting at the initial organizing meeting for the Prairie Mountaineer Hikers.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Pat and Peter Minnema

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  12. Dear Barbara & Family
    It is so sad we had to say good-by to Barry,
    He was a great hiking leader and I have many great memories with him on the trail.
    I am sure he enjoyed his life with his family and his passion to the nature.
    I will miss him on the trail where we hiked together,,
    fumi

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  13. Marilee Sharpe :

    I play in the Westwinds Bronze Concert Band where Barry played his saxophone. He was someone I looked forward to seeing and have a brief chat every week. He also helped me out at the Kiwanis Music Featival when I asked if he was available. We all enjoyed his company, he was such a lovely man. My condolences to you and your family for your loss. He will be missed.

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  14. Mary Valentich :

    Hi everyone. Just returned from a trip, but want to share a bright moment at a Folk Festival a few years ago when my son (a City planner), Stuart Gripton and I had the pleasure of meeting Barry and hearing about earlier times in City Planning. It was a very animated and engaging conversation…which my son and I remember fondly. Blessings and condolences.
    -Mary

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  15. Loretta McKenna :

    Dear Barb and family.
    My condolences to you and your loved ones. Barry was one of the first persons I met in the Calgary Weekend Hikers group and he was a delight to hike with -chat along the trails- get advice from on different hikes and he was always so positive. He had a great smile and a genuine interest in the lives of others. He will not be forgotten and his memory will remain on the trails with myself and others. Thank you for the memories Barry.

    Best to all
    Loretta

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  16. Dear Barb, my condolences to you and your family. Like so many others from PMH, I’ll miss seeing Barry at the meetings and on the trail.

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