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Vernon Barker

May 30, 1946 - July 20, 2021


Vernon (Vern) Guy Barker

May 30, 1946 – July 20, 2021

“Don’t worry, about a thing, ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright”

Bob Marley

Vernon (Vern) Guy Barker passed away in Nelson Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends at 7:55 pm on July 20, 2021 at the age of 75 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. Unlike the way he lived, Vern left us quietly. He was a well known and loved conversationalist at Gaia Rising, the metaphysical shop in Nelson which he shared with Laureen. He often had to be reminded to “let them leave, if they are edging toward the door” (said with love).

Vern was born in Calgary where his mother Verna (Gibson) Barker, who really wanted a girl, dressed him up in some frilly outfits before he was old enough to object. He was raised on the mean streets of Vancouver and had many friends and foster brothers who credit him with keeping them out of trouble.   He was a hard worker and often spent more time at work than was good for him. His laugh was infectious, and his hugs and handshakes were a blessing.

Vern is survived by his spouse: Laureen; his children: Vern (Trayci), Scott, Guy (Shelley) and Lee; his step-children: Lena (Duncan) and Carly (Travis); his grandchildren: Vern Jr, Mariah, Alisha, Taneesha, Cadence, Sydney, William, Journey, Zandra Firewolf, Little-Wolf, Raina, Taylor, Paige, Logan,  Jeremy, Blake, Corbin, Owen, Clay, and Elliot,  great-grand-children: Adam, Charlie, Rodney, Bradley, Laureen’s mother Yvonne and siblings: Janet, Jack (Paula), Marcia (John), Tara (Cam) and Kevin (Erin), multitudes of nieces and nephews and Foster brothers: … and many dear friends.

At Vern’s request no service will be held.  There will be a natural burial without embalming or coffin.  Originally, he wanted to be wheeled out into the forest and leaned up against a tree to feed the animals but he acquiesced when informed that was illegal and would result in his loving wife’s imprisonment.  The “green” burial will take place at 1:00pm on August 1st, 2021 at the Dumont Creek Cemetery in Winlaw, BC.

All are welcome to attend. Please bring a memento, poem, song, and share hugs and memories. In lieu of flowers donations to the Dumont Creek Burial Society at email dumontcreekcemetery@gmail.com are gratefully accepted.

“Feel your feelings”

Vern Barker


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

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

From: Walter McDougall
Relation: Patron of shop.

This is truely sad to hear. I had several great conversations with the man, his wife and employees during my last several visits to the amazing shop. My deepest condolences to all.

From: Carina Costom
Relation: Store client

Dear Laureen and family: I send lots of heart your way, Vern as you can well imagine often shared a good chat at Gaia. I remember when Gaia stated its delivery service during the pandemic and Vern was right on it, with an infectious smile. His friendly and welcoming presence will of course be be missed and always remembered. Warmly, Carina

From: Timothy Thrale
Relation: Friend

I wish I’d managed to stop in before I left town. I’ll miss you, Vern, and all those quirky conversations we had over the years. You were a gem, genuinely full of joy and always with a nice thing to say. I used to love just stopping by the shop on my lunch hour and shooting the breeze and buying a pocket crystal or two just for the friendly conversation. Thanks for all the great memories 🙂

From: Shauna Cepela
Relation: Friend

Sending Love & Heartfelt Condolences, Laureen & Family. xo

From: Peggy Hobbs
Relation: friend..met him at Gaia Rising years ago.

Heartbreaking to hear of Vern’s passing. Such a beautiful, gentle person. loved going into Gaia Rising and visiting with him. He will be missed. Big hugs to his family

From: Christine McCandlish
Relation: acquaintance

Condolences to Laureen and families

From: Carol & Andre
Relation: Friend

We are sad to hear of the passing of Vern. Vern was an uplifting figure of our community. His heartfelt personality and precious hugs will be dearly missed.
Our love goes out to Laureen and family.

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