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Barry Simmons

June 16, 1939 - December 14, 2011


Barry Wayne Simmons passed away peacefully at his home on December 14th, 2011 in
Agassiz. He was born in Winnipeg on June 16th, 1939, and moved to Vancouver at age
four. He graduated from John Oliver High School and then worked with his father in
construction. Soon after he pursued an education degree at UBC, accepting his first
teaching position as the shop teacher at Agassiz Secondary. He later went onto
become principal at Harrison and Kent Elementary Schools. He completed his Masters
Degree in Curriculum Development, focussing on Mathematics. In total, Barry taught in the Kent School District for over 35 years. Barry was also an active member of the Agassiz volunteer fire department for over 20 years and a member of the Elks Lodge #311. He owned and flew a Cessna airplane during the 70s, a boat and motor home during the 80s, and finally settled on his fifth wheel trailer in the 90s. Barry enjoyed reading, woodworking, golf, RVing and traveling the world. Barry and his wife Jane set foot on every continent except Antarctica enjoying excursions to The Great Wall of China, African Safaris and his favourite Australia. He spent many hours working in his shop creating toys for his grandchildren and works of art in wood, never wanting to repeat a project twice. He loved playing golf at the Harrison Hot Springs Course with his buddies, holes 2 and 7 especially. Barry also loved spending time traveling with the trailer. Together Barry and Jane took trips to the US, across Canada and just to get away. He could always be found sitting in his chair carving a found piece of driftwood,working on a word puzzle or reading another novel with his faithful Pug, Fancy by his side. He is survived by his wife Jane, children Karen (Dwayne), Blair (Anna) and Todd, grandchildren Paige and Riley and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Richard, his mother Edith and his sister Louise. A celebration of Barry”s life will be planned for Spring of 2012. A special thank you to loyal friends and to the many years of care by Dr. L.M. MacIntosh.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Carol Freeman
Relation: Long time neighbour in Agassiz

I am so sorry Jane and family. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

From: John Dumas
Relation: fellow employee

I have respectful and happy memories of Barry. He was a stable, effective, and fair principal. Barry was a good listener, and always made himself available when needed. You did a good job at Kent School, Barry. Peace.

From: Art and Eleanore Klassen
Relation: Former neighbor

Dear Jane and family,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, Jane, and of your Dad and Grand Dad. May you be comforted by your remembrances of Barry, and know that God’s love and His care can carry you through this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Love and best wishes, Art and Eleanore

From: John and Andrea McRae
Relation: Acquaintance

Jane and family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May it help you all to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many at this difficult time.

Jake and Andrea McRae

From: Alyson O'Grady (nee Beaton)
Relation: Former student and family friend

My thoughts are still with you Karen, Dwayne, lair and Mrs. Simmons. Mr. Simmons was always so full of life that you will think of him in your everyday life. Mr. Simmons game me pointers and TOC work early in my teaching career and for that I will always be grateful.

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