Barry Clark Anthony Lawler (77) passed peacefully at Nanaimo Hospital on April 15 with his family by his side.
Barry was born to the late James and Jeannette Lawler on February 23, 1937 in Vancouver, B.C. In 1946, the Lawlers moved to Franklin River. Barry, along with his brothers Mike and Jim, grew to love the woods and they all took jobs with M and B. Barry went from Whistlepunk to helping the head rigger to bridge crew and building grade. He also managed to woo the secretary, Carol Woodward, making her his wife (of 49 years) and raising three beautiful children. Barry continued building road in the Charlottes, Rivers Inlet, and Sechelt. He formed Koprino Contracting in Holberg and worked there until he retired.
If Barry wasn’t working hard, he was playing hard. He loved diving, chasing Bullwinkle, riding his motorcycles, and playing at the beach with his children and grandchildren. He was well known around the neighbourhood, walking Riley and chatting with everyone. Never one to slow down, Barry was skiing with his daughter and family two days before his passing.
Barry is survived by his loving and much loved wife Carol, sons Jim and Bill (Heather), daughter Kelly (Tom), and grandchildren Jaylynn, Makyla, and MJ. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the Nanaimo ER and palliative care staff. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 2:00pm, at the Sands Funeral Chapel in Nanaimo.