Edmund (Ted) John Barton
Sadly we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our dad, Edmund (Ted) John Barton, on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at the age of 81 in Duncan, BC. Predeceased by his mother Helen, father Edmund, stepmother Suzanne, sister Margaret, brothers Gary and Richard and grandson Trevor. He is survived and dearly missed by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Sylvia, children Richard, Karen (Dan), Brian (Sherry) and Sherry (Dan); grandchildren Lindsay (Pat), Courtney (Jesse), Cole (Sydney), Kyle, Wade, Corey (Julia), Sydney (Dylan), Brianne and Bryce and great-grandchildren Kayson and Kru. He is also dearly missed by his siblings, George (Lorna), Carolyn, Dianne (Bruce), Joanne, Doug, Terry (Karen), Suzanne, Paul (Marie) and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ted was born in Victoria, BC on May 1, 1939. He was an avid athlete from the beginning excelling at numerous sports which lead him to become a Physical Education and Recreation Instructor (P.E.R.I.) in the P.P.C.L.I. for the Canadian Armed Forces where he was a proud member for 31 years.
Military life lead him to Winnipeg, Man. where he met the love of his life, Sylvia, and there they began their family. Province to province living, numerous camping trips to the infamous Osoyoos in the Okanagan, where setting up camp would become a form of art, winter carnivals, family reunions, dances and parties with the Gang. In 1976, Ted was proud to be given the honour of reffing the Volleyball in the Summer Olympics in Montreal where he put his skills to work. Also in the '70s Dad's hockey talents on the ice were spent mostly in the penalty box, as our inside joke would go, so instead his skills landed him a spot in the press box announcing for the Winnipeg Jets.
Retiring as a Master Warrant Officer from the military brought Ted back to the West Coast where he enjoyed many more camping trips, trips to Hawaii, working for the Commissionaires, and travelling across Canada and the US visiting family, friends and many places of interest. Ted's sense of humour, story telling and his importance of family will be missed by all who knew him.
The rolling stream of life rolls on But still the vacant chair Recalls the love, the voice, the smile Of the one who once sat there