I’m awash in tears as I announce the sudden passing of my beautiful wife Barbara on August 4th, 2020, one day after her 77th birthday.
She leaves her husband Ross, sons Colin (Lynn) and Gary and four beautiful grandchildren: Ethan, Evan, Ainsley and Kenzie. A private service will be held for the immediate family and a celebration of her life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hawkesbury General Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal and/or at the Montreal General Hospital will be greatly appreciated.
How does one handle the sudden departure of their spouse after 54 years of marriage?
Barbara and I were always a couple. We enjoyed doing things together at all times. When I needed reigning in on occasion, Barbara was there to set me straight and when she needed a boost of confidence, I did my best to bring about a smile on her face.
Having a quality life was meant to be enjoyed and shared by both partners. There are ups and downs as we journey through life but ours were tiny bumps in the road. Barbara was the inspiration behind my vision of starting a business and without the everlasting confidence she had in me, it would have been impossible to achieve the success we did.
Our trips together and with friends were some of the most enjoyable times we had. We were fortunate to visit many places and we always came back with a great sense of happiness and started planning for future trips. Barbara rarely complained of being sick but when she did, you knew it was serious. She was always concerned about the family and how they are doing.
I would like to think that Barbara chose me to be her partner but there was no way that my ego (at the time) would believe that. When I first met her, there was no way I was going to let her get away and the rest is history.
Barbara did a wonderful job of managing the household and bringing up our sons that set them on a path to become good partners themselves. She deeply loved her grandchildren: Ethan, Evan, Ainsley and Kenzie and she always had that grandma worry about them.
I will never be the same person without Barbara. I never wanted to do something without her by my side. On occasion, she would tell me to go and have fun with friends, followed by a NOW. I guess everyone needs a little space now and then.
Barbara, I love you and always have. I should have said it many more times than I did, but sometimes less is more and I’m sure you know that.
Rest in peace Hon. You will be in my prayers every day.