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BARSS, David Layton

January 10, 1928 – Manville, Alberta   

July 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta  

David Barss passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the age of 90 years.

David was born in 1928 in Mannville, AB, the youngest son of Layton and Mary Barss. He enjoyed his youth growing up on the family farm and attending high school in Irma. He had a fascination with science, particularly earth science so he left his farming background and attended the University of Alberta, graduating with BSC (Honors Geology) in 1951.

David married Beulah (Bunny) Sahl in 1954 and had four sons. David worked for almost 50 years in Calgary as a geologist and exploration manager, at Amoco, Triad, Banff Oil, British Petroleum and Spitzee Resources.  David had a keen interest in geology and exploration and was author and co-author of number of technical papers. He served on the Geoscience Council in 1976 and 1977. His exploration successes were recognized by the Canadian Geological Society with the Stanley Slipper Gold Medal award in 1993. In 1980 he formed his own exploration and consulting company. In later years, David became concerned with the science of climate change and devoted volunteer efforts to presenting relevant science for the general public’s understanding.

David was an active volunteer and believed in giving back to the community. He became Charter President of the Kinsmen Club of the Stampede City in 1964/65, President of the Chinook Park / Kelvin Grove Community Association in 1973, ongoing volunteer with the United Church and other community groups. He also enjoyed coaching community sports teams. David loved the outdoors and travel. He and Bunny traveled the world and spent much of their free time hiking, camping, backpacking and skiing in the Canadian Rockies, along with their family and friends. He also loved spending time at the family cabin near Kaslo BC, on Kootenay Lake.

David is survived by his loving wife Bunny and their four sons, Richard (Jane), Russ (Kathy), Alex (Sue) and Peter (Katherine) and nine grandchildren (Leila, Neil, Nate, Jeff, Ellen, Kaylee, Megan, Hannah and Keegan).

He was predeceased by brothers John, Harley, and sister Francis; and is survived by his sister Kathleen.

The family wants to recognize the superb care and attention provided to David by the staff at Calgary’s Staywell Manor.

A service of remembrance will be held at Lakeview United Church (3023 – 63rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on August 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of David Barss, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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  1. Rita, Garth and family

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Dave’s passing. He was a very accomplished man and had strong convictions and insight into making the world a better place. Thinking of you Aunt Bunny and family at this sad time.

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  2. Honourable Nick Taylor

    David was a great geologist and a true gentleman. Although we disagreed on many things, it was always a joy to chat with him. He was an asset to Alberta and Canada.
    My condolences to Bunny and the boys

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  3. My heartfelt sympathies to Aunt Bunny & family. Uncle Dave will be greatly missed. The love of the farm is what I will remember most of Uncle Dave. Hugs to all.

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  4. Gloria Wilkinson

    Condolences to your family.
    Ray and Gloria Wilkinson

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  5. Michael and Lesley Leith

    Bunny and all your family,
    Please accept our most sincere condolences for your sad loss.
    You may remember how Dave was so instrumental in getting our family to Canada in 1978 to work at BP. His decision changed all of our lives very positively and we are, and always will be, totally grateful for his belief and mentorship. Thank you too Bunny for making us so welcome when we arrived in Canada.
    We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

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