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Melvin Ellsworth Barber

Melvin Ellsworth Barber


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Obituary for Melvin Ellsworth Barber

March 16, 1930 – November 25, 2023

Mel passed away peacefully on Saturday November 25th.

Predeceased by his loving wife Audrey and his son Greg, Mel will be dearly missed by his brother Bert, sons Brad (Margaret) and Kerry (Jackie), grandchildren Graeme (Rebeka), Kate, Kelly and Nathan, and great granddaughter Mackenzie.

Born and raised in Vancouver and Courtney, Mel worked in logging then as a salesman for Nutty Club candy and nuts, and as a long-time appliance sales professional at Woodward’s in New Westminster.

Mel and Audrey started their family in Surrey before moving to New Westminster. Mel enjoyed fishing, golf and tennis, was a skilled wood carver, and he loved singing. He sang in the Sixth Avenue United Church choir and was an in-demand wedding singer. He also sang in a barbershop quartet.

Mel was a handyman around the house, always willing to do it himself, and he passed his carpentry and home maintenance skills on to his sons. He was a dedicated volunteer maintenance man at the New Westminster Tennis Club where he and Audrey enjoyed many years playing the game and socializing with good friends. He played tennis until he was 83. Mel was also active on the Maintenance Committee at Berkley Place condominium complex, especially making sure the tennis courts were looked after. Mel and Audrey found many good friends when they moved to Berkley.

Mel and Audrey travelled around B.C., across Canada and throughout the United States. They also travelled Europe, the UK and Africa. Always ready to lend a hand, give advice, cast a line, and cook an excellent meal, Mel was a good friend, loving husband and a great father.

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to the New West Food Bank or the BC Cancer Foundation in Mel's memory.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

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