David Barkley, a lifetime resident of the Dunbar area, passed away suddenly on Wed. April 23, 2014. He was 55.
David Charles Barkley was born in Winchester on May 5, 1958 to his parents, Lee and Edna Barkley (nee Colquhoun). He was baptized June 29, 1958, and confirmed Nov. 8, 1970, and was a life-long member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dunbar.
He was educated at local schools, S.S.#8 Beckstead, Elma Public School, and North Dundas District High School. He attended Centennial College in Scarborough, where he completed a two-year automotive technician program. After graduation, he worked at Steinberg’s Garage in Williamsburg.
David was always a hard worker. A lot of times he worked too hard. He loved to fix things, and he loved working on cars. He was incredibly intelligent, and he had one speed when he was working and it was fast. He always wanted to get chores done quickly so he could sit down and have a coffee and a smoke — with maybe a side order of ice cream and cheese.
The first 22 years of David’s life were pretty normal. He worked on the farm, then at the garage, had lots of friends, and was always on the go. After that, he experienced many difficulties, and life became a struggle for him and for those closest to him. However, during the last 10 years life became easier as he worked on the farm, and enjoyed the company of his family.
He is survived by his parents, Lee and Edna of RR #2 Chesterville, and his siblings, Garry Barkley (Diane) of Vernon, and Sandra Barkley-Probst (Rev. Jo) of RR #2 Chesterville. He was the dear uncle of Adam Barkley (Jen), Angela Barkley-Dallas (Nick), Meghan Barkley (Michael), and great-uncle of Evan and Aiden Barkley, and Amelia Dallas. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., April 25 from 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Sat., April 26 at 11 am with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Adam Barkley, NickDallas, Michael Beaulne, Gordon Elliott, Garry Elliott, and Wayne Dillabough.
Donations to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com