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DR. PHILIP SHAW BARKER (published on May 06, 2009)



DR. PHILIP SHAW BARKER (Ph.D.) August 2, 1933 May 3, 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, Philip Shaw Barker, at the Health Sciences Centre on May 3, 2009. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family. Philip is survived by those he loved: his wife, Joan; his sons, Douglas (Bei) and Michael (Corinne); his daughter Suzanne (David); his brother, Derek (Maureen); the light of his life, his granddaughter Kassandra; Sharon and Cecil Cox; Margaret and Greg Arason; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Margaret Barker, and his in-laws, Colin and Marion Barlow. Philip was the eldest son of Herbert and Margaret Barker. He was born in Querétaro, Mexico and lived his early life in Mexico, Chile and the Argentine. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, a Master's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Entomology from McGill University. He began a lifelong career in 1965 as a research scientist with Agriculture Canada where he studied insects in stored grains. He published numerous research papers on mites, the rusty grain beetle, red flour beetle, and wheat midge. He was recognized for outstanding innovation for his discovery and rapid advancement of a midge-resistant strain of wheat. Philip was a loving spouse, a family man and a loyal and caring friend. He had an enquiring mind and a firm belief in lifelong learning and reading to expand knowledge and wisdom. His interests were many learning languages, history, cryptography, scouting, programmable calculators, statistics, classical music, writing and gardening. He loved his family, people watching, morning tea, solitude, walks in the park, his home, good food, giving treats to and teasing Kassandra and teaching her about insects and plants. Cremation and a private family burial have taken place. A celebration of Philip's life will be held on May 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside, Fort Garry. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Buhler Cancer Centre, Victoria General Hospital, 2340 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2E8. The family wishes to thank all those who kept Philip in their thoughts and prayers during his recent stay in the hospital. Special thanks to Drs. J. Lipschitz and A. McKay, the nurses and support staff on ward H3 and ICU at Health Sciences Centre for their care and compassion, and the Oncology staff at Victoria General Hosptial for their care and ongoing support. We will miss him dearly. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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