Winchester Press – obit – Garnet Barkley
Garnet “Sage” Barkley, a lifetime resident of thearea, passed away at Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester onAug. 24, 2006. He was 79.
He was born on Oct. 3, 1927 in Williamsburg Township to the lateJoseph Barkley and Effie Barkley (nee Gordier). Heis survivedby his wife Audrey Barkley (nee Crites) whom he married on Oct.3, 1954 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. He wasthe father of Gary (Laurie) Barkley of Williamsburg, Larry (Rhonda)Barkley of Ingleside, Sandra (Jim) Cumming of Winchester, andTracy (Lyndon) Johnston of Williamsburg. He will be fondly rememberedby 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces,and great-nephews. He was predeceased by a son Calvin, a grandsonMichael, brothers Orlin Barkley, Hank Barkley, Glen Barkley, SilasBeckstead, Fred Link, and sisters Ella Mae Whitteker, Viola Noble,and Agnes Beckstead.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg,and the Williamsburg Fire Department for over 28 years. He workedas a truck driver for Dwain Hess Transport for 28 years. In 1976he went to work as a teamster at Upper Canada Village where heremained until he retired in 1992. Following his retirement hetrucked milk from St. Albert to Upper Canada Village forthreeyears. He also served as caretaker of the cemeteries in Williamsburgand Boucks Hill for over 20 years.
His hobbies included showing horses with Lyle Baker at local fairs,and working on the farm with his son Larry. He also enjoyed spendingtime with his grandchildren.
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Aug. 27. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Churchin Williamsburg on Aug. 28 with Rev. Noreen Gullons officiating,followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
The pallbearers were Allan Brunt, Brian Whitteker, Dale Casselman,Brian VanHoof, Andy Buter, and Victor Brooks. The honourary pallbearerswere Kevin Allen, Buster Sneath, Dwain Hess, Glenn Whitteker,Harold Coughler, Lyle Gallinger, and Wayne Barkley.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or St. Peter’sLutheran Church would be appreciated by the family.