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George Barrett

November 1, 1925 - August 25, 2014


George Barrett, of Nelson, BC, died on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the age of 88.  Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, to Fred and Elizabeth Barrett, George was an athletic adventurer, with a passion for cricket and soccer, having played for the Blackburn Rovers Youth team.


At age 18 George volunteered for the aircrew in World War II. His skills placed him with the Royal Engineers, in the 9th squadron of the British Airborne Forces. He served as a paratrooper, dropped behind enemy lines to secure footholds from within. His assignments included the Liberation of Norway (May 8th, 1945) and stations in both Egypt and Palestine, where he was involved in rescue efforts after the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. His brother, Joseph, was sadly killed in the line of duty.


After the War, his experience as an electrical engineer brought him to Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) where he supervised the development of a pulp and paper mill. While there, he fell in love with calypso music, and sought, and obtained, his next posting in Antigua, the West Indies, where he moved in 1960.


George worked for ten years in the sugar and oil industries in Antigua, which is where he met his beloved wife Susan (née Kent), who was visiting from England.  Their daughters Eve and Joy were born in Antigua.


In 1971 George, Susan and their daughters immigrated to Cranbrook, BC, where he had been offered an engineering position.  Moving from a tropical climate to Canadian winters was an adjustment, but he never regretted the move to the country where they happily raised their family.


George is survived by his wife, Susan Barrett, and four children: son Stephen and wife Yvonne in England; son Philip and wife Yvonne in England; daughter Eve and husband Paul Burkart; and daughter Joy and husband Gregory Mackenzie. He is survived by nine grandchildren: Marie, David, Jessica, Emily, Jasmine, Kyra, Julia, Dashwood and Esmé. Seven great-grandchildren also survive George.


George will be very sadly missed by his family. He was a patient, loving and funny man, with a passion for gardening, politics and puns. He is remembered by all as a true gentleman; a kind and sweet man, whose mild-mannered exterior belied his adventurous life. 


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

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

From: Gena Hoffer
Relation: friend

Susan,Eve and Joy and families;
Our hearts go out to you, and we hope all your wonderful memories give you comfort during this difficult time. We know George will be missed dearly. Thinking of you
Gena,Trent,Alexa and Kelsey

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 9, 2014
Beginning at 2:00pm

St. Saviour''s Pro-Cathedral
701 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Interment of the ashes at the Nelson Cemetery will immediately follow the service. All are welcome at the Barrett’s home afterwards.

701 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

St. Saviour's Anglican Church 

701 Ward Street

Nelson, BC V1L 1T3


Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation

3 View Street, Nelson, BC

V1L 2V1

Thank You Notice

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirsten for his execptionally kind and attentive care. 

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