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Stephen Hugh Barker

October 11, 1958 ~ May 23, 2022 (age 63)

Obituary

Stephen Hugh Barker (October 11, 1958 - May 23, 2022), Falmouth, Nova Scotia

At the age of 63 on a Long Monday morning, Stephen went to play in heaven with John Prine after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by all his handmade projects awaiting the Spring and Summer to be completed: Corn Brooms, Bark Baskets, Log Benches, Fire Sticks, Whirly-gigs, Kick-sleds and of course, Weather Sticks. He and his creations, his music, his maple syrup, apple cider and black walnuts, and his cranky ways will be dearly missed.

Although he “skinned ‘er back and looked wild” in his younger, Norton-driving years, he will be best remembered for his singing and guitar playing, his ability to make, invent or repair anything and his gift of storytelling. “This is not just a hatrack you know”, Stephen was wise and knowledgeable and always shared his time, skills and resourcefulness with his friends and neighbours.

He was preceded by his father Everett Cyril and mother Constance Jean “Connie” Barker (Burbidge). He is survived by his life-long partner Susan Marchant, son Mark and his brothers,  Michael “Mike”, Lethbridge; David, Alberta; Everett “Wade”, Lethbridge; Christopher, Alberta; Andrew “Andy”, Windsor; and sisters,  Debbie (Kevin) Worth, Dartmouth; and Heather Barker, Stanley and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Becky Meldrum at the VON and the doctors and nurses at the VG and Hants Community Hospital for the care they showed Stephen. As one last selfless good deed, Stephen wisely donated his body to Dalhousie University department of neuroscience.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



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