Winchester Press – obit – Glen “Roy” Barkley
Glen “Roy” Barkley
Glen “Roy” Barkley, a lifetime residentof the Williamsburg area, died suddenly at home on Feb. 21, 2007.He was 69.
He was born in Williamsburg Township on Dec. 1, 1937 to his parentsWillis and Clara Barkley (nee Paul). He grew up in the Williamsburgarea along with his 10 brothers and sisters, and attended publicschool in Boucks Hill. He quit school at an early age to helphis parents raise his younger siblings. His first job was at theBoucks Hill Feed Store where he worked as a labourer before takinga job working on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
He married Emily Lewis on Nov. 8, 1956 at Morrisburg, and togetherthey raised two sons Steven and Gary. Following the completionsof the Seaway project he went to work at Pinkus Tire in Williamsburgwhere he remained until March 30, 1969 when he took a job as ahistorical agricultural supervisor at Upper Canada Village. Heworked at the village until his retirement on Dec. 1, 2002, followingalmost 33 years of service.
In order to supplement his income, he accepted a job working asa bouncer at Paul’s Dance Hall in Williamsburg. Because he wasa powerful, no-nonsense type of guy, bouncing was a perfect jobfor him, and for many years he served as a bouncer at many localdances and community events where he earned the respect of oneand all.
Roy was a large, imposing man, but underneath the tough exteriorthere was a kind man who was always willing to lend a helpinghand. He coached a local group of ball players from childhoodto the time that they were grown men and this team became affectionatelyknown as “Roy’s Boys.” Roy was an excellent coach, andhe took his team to the Ontario championships on a number of occasionswhere they did very well.
He was a man who loved to socialize, and he was an avid hunterand fisherman. He also enjoyed playing cards, camping, and participatingin harness racing, both as an owner and observer. He loved totravel the roads, and his daily visits to the Whitteker Meat Marketin Williamsburg are going to missed by the staff there who enjoyedRoy’s sense of humour.
He is survived by his dear companion Linda Casselman, his sonsSteve of Boucks Hill, and Gary and his wife Sheila of Boucks Hill,and by his mother-in-law Sadie Lewis. He was a dear brother toDwaine (Dawn) of Richmond, Gordon and Lee both of Ottawa, Carl(Carol) of RR1 Chesterville, Catherine Dennison (Lorne) of Cornwall,Betty Henderson (Tom) of RR2 Chesterville, Muriel Yalden (Bert)of RR2 Williamsburg, and Elaine McInnes (Don) of Campbell River,B.C. He was predeceased by two brothers Ray and Ellery. He willbe sadly missed by his grandsons Jamie, Scott, Shane, Matt, andConnor, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Feb. 23. The funeral service was held at the funeral home onFeb. 24 with Rev. Geoff Howard officiating. Interment followedat New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were JamieBarkley, Scott Barkley, Charles Barkley, Rick Barkley, GeraldBarkley, Glen Whitteker, and Keith Baldwin. The honourary pallbearerwas Gerald Scott.
Donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would beappreciated by the family.