Barry (Barend) Volkers

Barry (Barend) Volkers

Barry was born in Hengelo, Holland. He spent the war years in occupied Holland. Barry graduated from the college of tropical agriculture in Deventer, Holland. After the war, he worked for three years under Dutch government contract in the NederlandsIndies, now known as Indonesia. After his return to Holland, he met Lou (his wife to be) while she was on a trip to Europe. Barry immigrated to Canada in 1951 and began working for Western Forest Industries in Honeymoon Bay. In June of 1952, he brought his bride from Winnipeg to Lake Cowichan and they have lived here ever since. Barry worked for Western Forest Industries until they closed in 1981. Their only son, Tom, was born in October 1953.

Barry was active in the community he chose as his home and provincially in the area of museums and heritage. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1964; served over 20 years as the treasurer of the United Church; served many years with the local scouting movement including management of the Boy Scout Christmas tree farm at Meade Creek; was a member of the Lake Cowichan Historical Society since 1975, served on the committee that established our local Kaatza Museum and initiated the local archives contained therein; and, assisted with many local activities and events including Lake Days and Heritage Days. In recognition of Barry’s community service, many awards were received including being made a Freeman of the Town of Lake Cowichan (given a key to the town) and, jointly with Lou, receiving the BC Museums Association Golden Anniversary Service Award.

Barry leaves to mourn his loving wife of 58 years (Lou) and his son Tom and his family.

Barry was known for his generous support of many charities. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Lake Cowichan United Church.

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