BARRY ASHACKER

ASHACKER, BARRY (1936 – 2010) Barry Ashacker died peacefully in his sleep just a few weeks shy of his 75th birthday. He is survived by his daughter Carol and grandson Jayden, his son Ken, wife Jodi and grandson Ephrem, son Gordon, wife, Anne and grandson Freeman, and his brother Hugh, wife Linda and sons Andrew and Paddy. Barry was born in Calgary, Alberta and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Always an athlete he starred in junior football in Calgary in the late 1950’s. He married Connie Blair in 1958 and they began a family. Barry was always very interested in his children’s lives and rarely missed a hockey, baseball, basketball, football or volleyball game. When Gordon and Ken took up basketball he was usually at every game and often drove half the team to the venue. He was also very proud of his daughter’s success in basketball and swimming. Barry was also a great lover of the outdoors. He began fishing and camping at a young age and over the years explored hundreds of lakes and rivers in Alberta and B.C. with his children and sometime their friends on wondrous camping trips. He even built his own boat and some specialized camping gear. While the father of three spent much of his time focused on his children he also realized the importance of education. Not having the money to attend University after high school, Barry was a regular fixture at night class at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where he completed several diplomas which allowed him to secure increasingly more senior positions in Calgary’s oil and gas industry. A fitness fanatic, Barry rode his bike to work all of his life. Regardless of whether it was minus 30 and snowing or plus 30 and blazing Barry was seen pedaling across town. Most recently Barry had been battling diabetes and unfortunately lost a leg which put an end to his cycling. However recently with the help of a prosthetic leg he had again found happiness. His last few years in Parksville, B.C. were spent wandering the beach at low tide and attending Sunday dances where he was a regular fixture. Barry asked that no formal ceremony be held for him and that instead he be cremated and have his ashes spread by his sons at some of his favourite fishing holes. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.