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Stephen Edward Gibbons-Barrett

Stephen Edward Gibbons-Barrett


Obituary for Stephen Edward Gibbons-Barrett

July 19, 1940 – May 5, 2022

On May 5th, 2022, Stephen Gibbons-Barrett passed away peacefully at home, holding the hand of his loving wife, with his baby sister present, while listening to his brother’s music and surrounded by his paintings and photographs of family. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, he chose to leave us on his own terms with great courage, strength and dignity. He will be deeply missed and is now resting pain free and in peace.

A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held on June 11, 2022 in Langley, BC.

Stephen was born in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to Nelson, BC in 1941 with his parents, Margery and Raymond Barrett and elder brother David. He left the Kootenays after graduation to study art in Calgary and later completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts through a scholarship he won to attend the Institutto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico in 1961 (Universidad De Guanajuato). Art was his passion from a very early age and his artwork spanned more than 7 decades.

After completing his BFA Stephen returned to Canada and settled in Vancouver where he pursued careers in both Art and Music. He was a talented artist which sent him on many adventures all over the world. Steve was best known for the abstract-futuristic-expression in his artwork, but is also fondly remembered for playing drums and guitar and travelled all over Canada with various bands.

His love of the water brought him back to the west coast where he worked as a Display Designer at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and later to the Burnaby Heritage Village Museum. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a great friend to many, enjoying a very full and interesting life with twists and turns along the way.

Our memories of him will stay forever in our hearts and be treasured by his wife, Sue Hing, his children, Corrina Brinson, Sebastian Barrett (Melissa), and Nicholas Barrett (Sarah), his step-children, Julie Jenson (Shane), Lisa Ferguson, (Andrew), Michael Hing (Nan), and his 12 grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Ross Barrett and his sisters, Monica Turner (Paul) and Jennifer Barrett and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. David Barrett in 1972, his father, Dr. George Raymond Barrett in 1984 and his mother, Margery Barrett in 1986.

As his sister recently said, he’ll be painting rainbows in the sky, abstract ones of course.

And as Steve always said, “Look to the light and enjoy the journey.”

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Celebration of Life for Stephen Gibbons-Barrett

Celebration of Life for Stephen Gibbons-Barrett

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