(June 21, 1949 – June 10, 2013) Passed away peacefully on Monday, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer. He will be missed by his wife Karine, his children Kerry, Michael and James, his granddaughter Siena, and by Lindy, Brandon and Daphna. Dave wished to remember dear friends John T., Steve & Heather, Iain, John D., Bill W., Greg F., Peter S., Stephen S., family and friends in the U.K., and Dr. Jeffery Meyers and his amazing team at Credit Valley Hospital. Visitation will be held on Friday June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Visitation Centre, 737 Dundas St. E., Mississauga. Funeral service will be held on Saturday June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 295 Queen St. S., Mississauga.

39 replies
  1. James Barlow
    James Barlow says:

    To anyone who may see this, thank you all so much for the notes you all left here all these years ago.

    Thank you Daddy, to this day nearly a decade later you continue to teach me.

  2. Daryl Schindler
    Daryl Schindler says:

    I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I usually “check in” with him once a year so only discovered today that he is gone.

    I was going through a very rough patch in my life when Dave took me under his wing. He helped me get through it with a combination of coaching, prodding, common sense, and respect. He had an indomitable spirit; challenging me at every turn and never taking “no” for an answer. I have never met anyone like him; with his guidance I was ultimately successful. Truly a gifted mentor.

    My sincerest condolences. God bless.

  3. Dylan Gannon
    Dylan Gannon says:

    I have to admit I was quite stunned by your news, and I really could not think of anything appropriate that would show my real respect. Dave and I have not really stayed in contact since our years at Cara.

    I cannot describe my sympathies for you and your family’s loss. Dave was great man who had a significant influence on many peoples lives. Mine included. Dave taught me three lessons I still carry with me today, and share with peers, Team Members, friends and family;

    1) “Accuracy before momentum”. This has most of it’s meaning in my professional world, has served me well over the years and saved me from many an embarrassing moment.

    2) “Feedback is a Gift”. This has had a profound affect on me both in my professional and personal world. I am great full for the time Dave took to give me feedback over the years. I believe it made me a better person, both professionally and personally.

    3) The last and most significant was told to me in the parking lot of a Co-Op feed store just outside Chatham, with Marc Laverdier. “Never tour with President of the division without ensuring at least one stop for Ice Cream!

    David was an amazing professional, but what often gets forgotten is what a nice, funny and caring person he was. Those are the things I will have the fondest memories of.

    Please pass on my belated condolences to the kids, I know even in the ups and downs how proud he was of all of them.

  4. Christine Lewsey
    Christine Lewsey says:

    I am stunned to hear of Dave’s passing. I’ve known him since I was 16. We lost touch after college then out of the blue, around 12 years ago he contacted me through Friends Reunited. Since then we have kept in touch sporadically, with Dave sending me awful jokes and great pearls of wisdom in equal measure. I met his family when he and Karine invited me to visit them from the UK in 2011. I was made very welcome and I’m grateful that I was able to spend some quality time with him, Karine and gorgeous James.
    Dave was a great mentor, he told it as it is and never sugared the pill. Reading through the condolences, I recognise the gruff man with the bone dry sense of humour that the rest of you knew. He was generous with his time, his knowledge and his wisdom.
    “If not now, when?” I should have listened to that famous saying of his ringing in my ears and not put off the phone calls I should have made to him.
    “If not now, when?” is what I will take forward from my friendship with Dave – I will miss him.

    My love to Karine, James and the rest of Dave’s family.

  5. Sherry Kulman
    Sherry Kulman says:

    I knew Dave over the past three years or so as he helped our organization develop our Values and steer our course. He mentored and guided many of us over the years. I really can’t believe that I won’t be able to call upon him in the future.
    His direct approach, his can do attitude, his insight – all very admired and very missed.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find some peace in his memory

    Sherry Kulman

  6. Darlene, Craig, Maddie and Max
    Darlene, Craig, Maddie and Max says:

    Dear Kerry and family: our sincere sympathy for the loss of your beloved David. We hope the days ahead will bring serenity and peace. All our warmth: Darlene, Craig, Maddie and Max

  7. Joanne Stewart
    Joanne Stewart says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I was at Harvey’s in the marketing department from 2002 – 2005 when Dave was the COO. I always admired his frank and direct leadership. He had a soft side too. Back in 2003 when I received some bad medical news myself, he called me into this office ask how I was doing, and to offer support. I will always remember that about him. My thoughts are with his family, and I hope that cherished memories will make you smile again. Regards, Joanne

  8. Kara-Lee Miller
    Kara-Lee Miller says:

    I had the great opportunity to work for and with Dave at Cara. Those years have always been my fondest. He was a great leader and someone I admired. Rest Peacefully Dave.

  9. Jodi Richards Barrass
    Jodi Richards Barrass says:

    So sorry to hear the news. Dave was a great mentor to me early in my career back in the old “ivory tower” at Cara on Bloor Street. I’ll always remember his sense of humour and his amazing ability to evoke fear and friendship during the most stressful situations. He made a great contribution to the industry and made many of us better for having crossed paths with him. My thoughts and prayers to Dave’s family and friends far and wide. Be at peace Dave!

  10. Marilyn Krajc
    Marilyn Krajc says:


    I was so saddened to hear about Dave’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this most difficult time.


  11. Soupy Weir
    Soupy Weir says:

    Dear Karine,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Husband, Dave. Please accept my condolences and prayers of strength to your family during your time of loss.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Soupy Weir

  12. Pat & Tony James
    Pat & Tony James says:

    Dave was a special nephew and great guy much admired by our family who all send their deepest sympathy. We will remember the good times we shared especially in the last few years on his trips back to the UK. We will miss him and his fantastic sense of humour. Our thoughts are with you Karine

  13. Scott Zies
    Scott Zies says:

    Dear Karine and Family,

    I had a long business relationship with Dave during the Cara years. He was a mentor to me and we had some good times. Our paths did manage to cross at various times since then and he will be truly missed. My prayers go out to you all at this most difficult time.

    Scott Zies

  14. Jenn & Meara
    Jenn & Meara says:

    Dave had such amazing people in his life and it’s clear he’s an inspiring friend and a loving family man. Because of those, his memory will continue. I think back to a dinner we had with Dave, Karine, James & Daph – I could have listened to him talk for hours. His experiences coupled with his wit made for fascinating conversation. He will be missed.

    Thinking of his family & friends,
    Jenn & Meara

  15. gustavo rymberg
    gustavo rymberg says:

    Dave was a great teacher, someone who can change others lives for good!
    I will miss his lessons and most of all his friendship.
    My condolences for your loss

  16. pat and tony james
    pat and tony james says:

    Dave was a special nephew and great guy much admired by all our family who all send their deepest sympathy. We will remember the good times we shared especially in the last few years on his trips back to the UK. We will miss him and his fantastic sense of humour. Our thoughts are with you Karine and James.

  17. James Bradbury
    James Bradbury says:

    To Karine and family,

    Shelley and I would like to send our condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this time.


  18. Ray Croydon
    Ray Croydon says:

    To Dear Karine and family,
    A heartfelt message of sympathy from Dave’s Auntie Allah and Cousin Raymond here in South West London, England. We were so very sad to hear of Daves passing and our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We enjoyed Daves company many times in the recent past, whenever he came to London. We have such fond memories of the many enjoyable trips out, lunches and especially trips to the pub for a traditional english ‘Ploughmans lunch’ which he enjoyed so much. Memories are so important and we are sure you will have many you will cherish and we hope they will bring you some comfort in the days and weeks and months to come. Dave will be very fondly remembered,

    Sincerely, Allah and Raymond.

  19. The charters family
    The charters family says:

    Our thoughts and sympathy go out to all of you during this difficult time. We hope you find comfort as you reflect on all your beautiful memories with your beloved husband, father and friend.

  20. Lena Louie
    Lena Louie says:

    Dear Karine,

    My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. The wonderful and loving memories will always be with you forever.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Lena XXX

  21. Harry Steele
    Harry Steele says:

    I was very saddened to hear of Dave’s passing well before his time should have come. I reflect on Dave’s wise counsel so often throughout my days and I have always enjoyed our catching up together every couple of months. He has been a great friend and mentor to me as he has been to so many. Many times as I encountered friends who had problems finding themselves or being challenged by life, I have referred them to Dave who has always made me proud that I did so. To his wonderful family, whom he loved dearly and was so proud to tell me about, Karine, and James , David and Kerry (whom I had the pleasure of meeting in your youth), and to all of Dave’s family, brother and sisters and grandchildren, I send you my sincerest condolences. You have lost a great husband and father, and brother. I and many others have lost a great friend.God bless him. .

  22. Kathleen Paterson - KP
    Kathleen Paterson - KP says:

    Dear Karine and Family,
    Wishing you all peace in your hearts. Dave had a tremendous impact on my life and many many times I would smile inside thinking about something Dave would have said. “If it is to be, its up to me.” Those words are Dave Barlow for me. I had the sweet pleasure of running into him a few months ago; we laughed and remembered fun times at Cara. I am sad for your loss.

  23. Judy and Ian
    Judy and Ian says:

    Dear Karine,
    Both Ian and I were saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you, James and family during such a difficult time. No words at this time are able to express our feelings. You have experienced a great loss. In the short time we knew Dave, he was an inspiration to both Ian and I. His willingness to offer support and guidance will forever be remembered. A tribute to Dave!

    With our sincere thoughts,

    Judy and Ian

  24. John and Louise Trim
    John and Louise Trim says:

    Dave and I go back to our college days of extremely hard work with lots of time and little money for the finer things in life. Despite these short comings our times together were full of fun. These memories will live with me for ever.
    He was always thought provoking and over the years we had many discussions and as ever ”if not now,when” always arose.
    We will all miss you.It is good bye for now, But not farewell as we will always have you in our thoughts..

  25. Bob D'Amour
    Bob D'Amour says:

    Dear Karine and Mike,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your husband and father. While I didn’t know Dave as long as others, in the short time I did know him, I found him to be a generous person with his time and knowledge. He was always trying to help others achieve their goals and ambitions and gave selflessly of his time.I personally am gratefull I had the opportunity to get to know him. He has been very helpful in my career development and I will keep his words of wisdom with me in all my endeavors. I am proud to call him my friend.


    Bob D’Amour

  26. Janet Kranz
    Janet Kranz says:

    Whenever I think of Dave I smile. Who else could make a car move using a hair band for a fan belt? Lindy, Kerry and Mike you’re in my thoughts; my heart goes out to you all.

  27. Ian Wilkie
    Ian Wilkie says:

    I admired Dave…we worked together for many years and after that gig ended, we stayed in touch a couple fo times a year…not often, but each time, as if it were yesterday. While on any given day he would feel compelled to descend to the gruff David Barlow “act” (and I say that with a smile), I believe most of his friends saw through that with considerable humour. At some point along the way, Dave became intrigued with the notion of leadership, and simply being a “better person” (whatever that means…), both for himself and for others. I admired his willingness to explore that through his executive coaching studies and practice, his continuing energy, genuine curiosity and interest in learning, all wrapped up in his “get it done” attitude towards about just about everything…my sense is Dave very much saw every day as another opportunity to grow and to learn…and to laugh. Well done, David…carry on, my friend….

  28. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    Dear Karine and James: Thinking of you both so much and the loss of your lovely meat-man. It is hard to think of your lives without him. I am so sorry for your loss – such a beautiful story yours has been. Hoping that you find comfort in the celebration of Dave’s life.

  29. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Dave was a mentor and a friend. He taught me about commitment and leadership – qualities Dave had in spades. He was generous with his time and sharing his knowledge – and I am grateful for having had the chance to know him. Karine, Stephen’s and my thoughts are with you and your family.

  30. John Denney
    John Denney says:

    A man who appreciated life. His quote IF NOW NOW WHEN? sent us of on many adventures
    Japan, Hong Kong ,Peru,Argentina , Barbados I will miss him ,,

  31. Valerie Johnson
    Valerie Johnson says:

    Dear Karine,

    I am so truly saddened to hear of the loss of your husband, Dave. My very deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers have been with you over these last months and will continue to be with you.

    In deepest sympathy,


  32. Bridget, Dennis and Quinn
    Bridget, Dennis and Quinn says:

    Dennis, Quinn and I send all of our love, strength and condolences. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and hope that you can find some peace during this incredibly difficult time.


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