William Melvin ‘Bill’ BARBER

William Melvin 'Bill' BARBER


William Melvin ‘Bill’

1943 – 2013

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of William Melvin ‘Bill’ Barber. Bill passed away Friday June 21st, 2013 at the Red Deer Hospice at the age of 70 years. Bill was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan on January 30, 1943 to parents Russell and Annie Barber. He moved to Red Deer in 1961 and began working at Edwards Trucking, which was a stepping stone to a lifelong career in the oil industry where he made many valued friends. On May 30th, 1964 Bill married Julie Tomalty of Red Deer and together they raised five children. Calgary was their home until moving back to Red Deer in 1990. Bill is survived by his loving wife Julie, his children Paula Freimuth (Kyle) of Brooks, Daren (Hayley) of Calgary, Sean (Lynda) of Calgary, Marc (Debbie) of Airdrie and Andrea Bauer of Red Deer. Bill is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Tyler Wikdahl (Ariel), Jesse Wikdahl, Daphne Freimuth, Bree Barber, Deklin Barber, Rylie Barber, Jordan Barber, Brayden Barber, Carlee Benoit (Hayden), Tory Barber, Carter Barber, Grayson Bauer, Gavin Bauer, Ryan Bauer and three great-grandchildren Seth Wikdahl, Brady Wikdahl and Bentley Freimuth. Bill was predeceased by his father in 1990, his mother in 2005 and his brother Edward (Ted) in 2011. Bill’s large extended family feel a profound sense of loss that can only be comforted by the knowledge of having been privileged by Bill’s good humor, kind nature and warm smile for as long as we were. A funeral service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45th Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 1:00pm. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Ave, Red Deer, Alberta T4R 3S6.

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