It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Kenneth Barr on October 18 surrounded by his loving family. Ken was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Penny, in June of this year. He is survived by his daughters Sandra and Brenda and his son Dan (Trudy) and his beloved grandchildren Kylie, Calum, Grayden and Dylan.
Ken was born in Port Alberni and spent his early years in Bamfield, and Clayoquot before settling in Tofino in 1944. Ken was the second eldest with 6 siblings and had many adventures growing up on the wild west coast. His first and last job was a paper delivery boy! In between he tried different occupations like logging but found his niche as a fisherman. He fished the Josephine II, the Shy Ann and the Crabby One.
Dad was a local legend in Tofino having survived a dynamite explosion on Chesterman Beach in 1956 which left him with vision challenges and ended his aviator aspiration (although he never lost his passion for flying).
In 1962 Ken met and fell madly in love with Penny. Shortly after they had the first of their three children. They purchased the family homestead in Tofino and made it their home for over 45 years.
In 2008 Ken and Penny moved to Comox to be near their grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please consider supporting the Comox Valley Hospital Foundation. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Views for their loving care of our Dad for the past 16 months.
We welcome friends to join us in a celebration of life in Tofino at the Legion on Saturday, November 26 at 1 pm.