November 14, 1936 – March 28, 2024

Peacefully  in his sleep at the age of 87, in Burlington, Ontario. Don was predeceased by his courageous wife of 52 years, Joan (Kemp), & his daughter Shelley (Hough) ; and leaves behind his daughter, Andrea & (Dave) Porter; and grandchildren, Ryan, Melissa & Brandon. Don was retired as long as he had worked and was quite happy about that. He was a loving father and the strongest person we have known. His admiration and strength will live on in all his family. We will carry his legacy in our hearts.

He enjoyed his grandchildren immensely. From teaching his grandchildren to ride their bikes, skate or play hockey he was always so proud. He was always at their games and cheering them on. He loved sports and was waiting to see the Leafs win the cup again… he always said he wouldn’t live long enough. If you knew my dad you would catch a chuckle right about now.

Don has been cremated. Private service will be held for the immediate family.

2 replies
  1. Jessica Phillips
    Jessica Phillips says:

    In loving memory of Don Barker,

    I’m the Office Manager at Hearing Well Matters where Don had his Hearing Care serviced. We were so happy to have him hearing the world. He really made an impression on me and I always looked forward to his stories about life and his favorite sandwich restaurants.
    I’ll forever have his voice in my head reminding me to keep my wipers up on snowy days.

    With deep condolences,

    Jess Phillips

  2. Roland Jackson
    Roland Jackson says:

    Don was a fantastic person. I am so glad to have met him and been able to call him a friend. I always looked forward to his nearly daily visit to just chat hockey and food and the regular coffee delivery with each Leafs win. It was a short 7 years knowing Don but that time will never be forgotten. Thanks for everything Don


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