Born on July 24, 1942 in Warrington, England.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Barry passed away peacefully on September 14, 2011 at the age of 69, with his family by his side. Predeceased by his parents Reginald and Ivy Higgins. He is survived by his loving wife, Deirdre and his two daughters: Debbie (Lanny) Cronan and Tracy Higgins; grandchildren: Joshua and Darby Cronan, Caitlin Briggs and Damon Higgins; as well as his two brothers: Gordon (Christine) Higgins and Terence Higgins; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families in Canada and England.
Barry was a painter by trade and worked at the Nanaimo Shipyard for 17 years, then later moved on to Nanaimo School District #68 for an additional 17 years of painting. Barry’s family was his pride and joy. His hobbies included following his favorite soccer team, Manchester United, whom he had supported since he was eight years old, his favorite rugby team the Warrington Wolves, collecting sports statistics, sports books, gardening and following his grandchildren’s sporting activities.
A celebration of his life will be held at 228 Tahoe Avenue on Saturday, September 24, 2011 between 2:00-5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Barry’s name, to the Canadian Colon Cancer Society.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to family and friends, Dr. Dunn and his team at the Nanaimo Cancer Clinic, Dr. Goodall and staff, the doctors, nurses and volunteers at the NRGH, Home Care Nursing Staff and the Pharmacies whom all gave terrific care and guidance throughout his fight.