It is with great sadness we share the passing of Dave Barrett, a much loved husband and father. He will be greatly missed. Dave had a tremendous life beyond his profession in social work and his many years as a provincial and federal politician. At home Dave’s quick wit and zany sense of humour kept Shirley and the kids in stitches. His personal interests included the reading of history, he was an expert on the battles of the Second World War. Dave loved classical music, opera, Asian art and antiques.
A sports enthusiast, he played rugby, billiards and ping pong. He was a lifelong fan of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals and closely followed professional football, hockey and basketball. Dave loved family dinners. There were many happy dinners in Victoria’s Chinatown and pubs with a burger and chips or fish and chips. Take-out was a highlight to any week. Dad often dreamed of his next fishing trip. The smaller the fish the bigger the story!
Dave spoke of his gratitude to teachers and mentors and was happy to give back as a visiting teacher at Harvard, McGill, Western Washington and Simon Fraser universities.
Although his achievements were many, his greatest devotion and love were for his family; Shirley, Dan (Mary), Joe, Jane (Wayne), grandchildren Andrew, Hannah, Jacob and Noah and his extended family. During his long battle with Alzheimer’s he found comfort in listening to his favourite symphonies on his iPod, walks in the Cedar Hill neighbourhood and later, when confined to a wheelchair, strolls through the parks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society of B.C, the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion which cared for him with grace and compassion or the New Democratic Party. A state memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium at 3800 Finnerty Road. Everyone is welcome.