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Barbara Barb Joan Renwick

June 26, 1936 - September 29, 2019


On September 29th, 2019 at 1:00 PM Barbara (Barb) Joan Renwick died peacefully. Her family was by her side telling her how much she is loved as she took her last breath.

Barb was 83 years old, born on June 26th, 1936 in Edmonton Alberta. Her family moved to Grande Prairie and Red Deer in her youth.

Barb came to Nelson at the age of 15 with her mother Hildur Isakson McCandlish Kilberg (deceased) and brothers Don McCandlish (deceased) and Bob McCandlish after the passing of her father Mickey McCandlish, who was laid to rest in Nelson.

Barb met the love of her life, Pat Renwick while in High School. The first time she laid eyes on Pat she said to herself, “I’m going to marry that guy someday.” Pat and Barb shared 63 beautiful years of marriage. She embraced her role as matriarch of her family.

Barb cherished her children Scott Renwick and Karen Renwick and her grandchildren Jason Renwick, Jenalee Renwick, Jordan Hunter and Matt Thast.

Barb was an avid reader and a constant patron of the Nelson Library. She expressed her gratitude by donating shelves to the library in each of her grandchildren’s names. She was very community minded and volunteered her time at municipal and federal elections, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, United Way, The Cancer Foundation, Kootenay Lake Hospital and Touchstone Museum.

Barb loved to write poetry, do crossword puzzles and was a member of several bridge clubs. She held several positions at the Granite Pointe Golf Club, was an avid skier and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Barb will be eternally remembered and loved by her family and dear friends.

Barb’s service will be held on Saturday, October 12th at 2:00 PM at the Nelson United Church with reception to follow at the church.

Sincere thanks to Dr. MacKay and the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barb’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ray and Ann Renee Pettyjohn
Relation: Met Barb many years ago at ladies golf

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat and his family at this difficult time. I enjoyed many golf games with Barb. She was a very special lady. She will be missed.

From: Richie and Donna Ross
Relation: Gyro Friends

Richie and I would like to say how sorry we were to hear of Barb’s passing. Our thoughts are with you Pat and family.

From: Maureen J. Grenier
Relation: Barb was the wife of my cousin, Pat.

I’m so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I met her when she was a teenager and dating my cousin Pat Renwick. When our families got together, we had such a nice time. I remember her as beautiful, friendly, and with a good sense of humour. She will be greatly missed.

From: Mike McCandlish
Relation: Her nephew through Don McCandlish

So sad to hear of the passing of my wonderful Auntie Barb. She was the sister of my father Don McCandlish and as a family we spent many summers at their Queen’s Bay cabin on Kooteney Lake. Snuggled under blankets watching the lightning storms over the lake and cooking up fresh Rainbow trout. Auntie Barb was always very loving and had a great sense of humour. With Deepest Sympathy to Uncle Pat, my cousins Scott and Karen and their families.

From: Christopher Freno
Relation: Long time friends

We express our deepest sympathies to Mr Renwick, Scott and Karen. very, very longtime friends with my parents, remember plenty of times when mom and dad would be heading out on foot with a bottle of vino under their arm, going to spend an evening at the Renwick’s. And then our friendships with both Scott (especially Billy) and Karen (especially Catherine). Our struggles in life have brought us very close. Peace to all of you. On behalf of Sonja Freno and Family

From: Julie Scott
Relation: Friend of daughter

Karen – I got to meet your mother back in the days of Kitsilano & Bubaloo. I am so glad – it was so clear how much you loved one another. I’m so sorry for the sorrow you are facing. What has helped me is trying to think of my mom being just ahead of me, on the horizon, just out of sight but still just ahead of me. Love you.

From: Lara Dudley-Smith
Relation: Niece through her brother Bob McCandlish

Our trips to Nelson to visit family were never complete without staying with Auntie Barb and Uncle Pat. Her family was her joy and she took so much pride in her children and especially her grandchildren. Favourite memories are summers at the cabin and spending time with my ‘cool big cousins’. She loved her little brother ‘Bobbie’ so much. Sending Uncle Pat, Scott, Karen and their families all of our love. Nick, Lara, Hayden and Tristan xo

From: Erin Smith ( and Kevin, Neil, Ali, Adam and Charlotte)
Relation: Niece

Dear Uncle Pat, Karen and Scott
I am so sad to hear of Auntie Barb’s passing. Although we have had physical distance between us over the years, I will always hold Auntie Barb as one of my greatest Aunts and lives on in my memory as my cuddly Auntie. She would take me up on her lap when I was a little girl, take my hand in hers, and say, ” see, we both have nana’s hands”. I do have her hands, and my father’s hands, and when I look at my funny little boy hands as I call them, I will think of Nana, and my father and now Auntie Barb. She was so soft spoken and gentle, and just like my Dad, full of hugs and praise. It gives me some peace to know that they are reunited. I wish you well as you grieve her loss. You are very lucky to have had such a close knit family and are a living testament to how families strengthen bonds through all that life offers up.

From: Karen Bond
Relation: A friend since school days.

Ever a special lady. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
October 12, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Nelson United Church
602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L4N1

602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L4N1

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barb’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.

Thank You Notice

Sincere thanks to Dr. MacKay and the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

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