January 24, 2018, Geoff passed quietly away in hospital with family at his side. Geoff leaves to mourn his wife Jean (nee Hartt), daughters Katherine Leah, Jayne (Kevin Jepson), son Michael (Carolyn Scott). and grandchildren Lex, Al and Biz. plus sister Jean McClure, plus numerous nieces, nephews, and friends Predeceased by his parents Winnifred (Evans) Barnard and Walter Barnard, and sisters Myrtle and Betty. Geoff was born March 23, 1926, in the sub-district of Hammersmith in the county of London, England. With a keen mind, he graduated from the St. Clement Dane boys school at age 16 and started work in a bank. When eligible for the military, Geoff was drafted into a coal mine in Durham instead. In 1948, Geoff, his mother, and two younger sisters followed his older sister and husband io Saskatchewan. Canada. After a brief time in a plumbing and heating job, Geoff & Jean were married June 20, 1955, in Melfort, Sask. Geoff joined the Canadian Air Force and enjoyed a career in electronics. This offered Geoff, wife Jean, and family the experience of living in several provinces in Canada, plus Lahr, Germany. There they bought a trailer and enjoyed exploring Europe. After retiring from the military, Geoff started his own electronic business fixing electric organs. microwave ovens, boat radars and other such electronic items Facing his second retirement at age 65. Geoff (and wife Jean) moved to Victoria in 1991 to enjoy the milder climate, plus that something of the Old English atmosphere. Retirement was a continuation of Geoff' s love of fishing. being a member of the Golden Rods and Reels, volunteering as a docent at Craigdarroch Castle, volunteering as a bird watcher at Swan Lake, playing bridge. enjoying his computer. the Victoria Stroke Society, and in enjoying the many offerings of the city. Geoff, at the end had several serious physical health problems, so much so that he did not want a lingering death with loss of ability to enjoy his family, friends and many interests. His declining health was such that Geoff could ask for, and receive medically assisted death. ln the hour before he died, Geoff asked to be given a wheelchair ride out into the area beside the Patient Care Centre, and there in that beautiful and serene little area, Geoff felt he could breathe deeply and serenely one last time, and reflect with appreciation on his life, his family, his friends on our planet and on nature in general. Geoff passed on serenely, beautifully and quickly, with his family at his side and his favorite cd of music playing softly in the background, Geoff was cremated. and his ashes will be placed in a niche at the First Memorial Crematorium on Falaise Drive. The family extend thanks and gratitude to our family doctor, Geoff's other doctors and specialists, the Stroke Recovery Society and. finally, the Medical Professionals and staff at the Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for the excellent care they all gave Geoff.
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