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Barry Johnson

January 5, 1933 - September 30, 2013



Barry (Spud or Rocky) Johnson passed away quietly in his sleep at Sunnybank Centre on Sep. 30, 2013.

Barry was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and lived in Vernon before going north on his own to homestead in Taylor, BC.  He apprenticed as an electrician in Fort St. John and it was then that he met the love of his life, Elsie Hamilton and they were married in 1953.   They owned and operated a service station, a market garden, farmed and raised a family of five in Taylor.

In 1975, Barry, Elsie and three children moved to Oliver, BC where he worked for the Highways as a truck driver.  Barry loved hockey, hunting, fishing, woodworking and landscaping.  The “River Gardens” next door to their Oliver home were a labour of love.  Many a favorite rock was carted home from camping and motor home trips which were usually enjoyed with many friends.  The Redwood forest was a memorable trip made with “special” friends.

Barry is survived by his wife (Elsie), daughters; Lexie (Jim Gordon), RoxAnna (Ron Gibson), Sharleen (Lee Westgate) and Corene (Bob Rosland) and son; Trevor (Megan);  eight grandsons, four granddaughters, 7 great grandchildren and 7 step-great grandchildren; sister Marilyn (Campbell) and brother Darryl (Kathy).  Barry was predeceased by his father (Roy), mother (Evelyn) and brothers (Don and Lionel).

Barry's gentle nature, big hugs, whistling, yodeling and much more will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Many thanks to all the caregivers in Poppy Wing at Sunnybank Centre. Donations in Barry's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of BC or the Desert Valley Hospice Society, Oliver, BC.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


God saw you getting tired

When a cure was not to be,

So he closed his arms around you

And whispered, “Come to me.”


Your smile is gone forever

Your hands we cannot touch,

All we have is memories,

Of one we loved so much

He took you to his garden,

And laid you there to rest,

God's garden must be beautiful

He only takes the best.



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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Harvey & Alice Devine
Relation: neighbor

To Elsie & family
with sympathy – we can look over the deck & see the park you two created – a living legacy

From: blaine and joan nunweiler
Relation: good friends/neighbors

Elsie and family, Barry will always be in our hearts with his chainsaw humming away. What a wonderful husband and dad he was. Love to all of you.blaine and joan

From: Barb & Ernie Race
Relation: friend

Elsie so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family. Sometime I would like to see the park you and Barry created.

From: Lorne and Betty Hamilton
Relation: Brother-in-law, sister-in law

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

From: Keith, Nora and Heather Harwijne
Relation: Nephew, niece, great niece

Aunt Elsie and Family,

Thinking of you all and remembering fun times around the fire on the farm, fishing trips and many laughs. Hugs and thoughts your way!

From: Cathy ford
Relation: Friends

Sending condolences to Elsie and family you are in our hearts and prayers

From: Terri and Hank.
Relation: friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elsie and Family, sorry to hear of Barry’s passing.

From: Darline Harder
Relation: former neightbour

We always knew when Barry was watching Hockey when we lived in Willowbrook. He had his TV antenna on a wagon and would pull it to a certain spot on his driveway to get the right signal. Barry was a quiet man who you could depend on in any situation. I know that he will be missed by many people and no one can ever take the place of a husband or father. Love to Elsie and the children and grandchildren may God encompass you with his loving arms and give you peace.

From: bernice kerr
Relation: cousin

thoughts and prayers for the johnson family love the pratts

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
The Alzheimer's Society of BC
The Desert Valley Hospice Society, Oliver, BC.

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