David S. Barclay
November 2, 2022
August 7, 1941 – November 2, 2022
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of David Stewart Barclay. David was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia and grew up in Maple Ridge, B.C. He attended the University of British Columbia after high school. In the 1960’s he worked in mining exploration in British Columbia and the Yukon. While later living in Vancouver, BC he met his wife Carol Gorin and they were married in 1969. Originally, a mining job brought them to the Slocan Valley where the town of Slocan became their home. David worked as a lumber grader at the local sawmill, Slocan Forest Products while raising their two children. David was a lifelong rockhound always known for having a passion for rocks and minerals. He later completed his education becoming a geologist and gemologist. He devoted many hours as a president of the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada; as well as, numerous rock and lapidary clubs in the region. He served his community as Mayor of Slocan, Assistant Fire Chief of the Slocan Fire Department, a member and coordinator of the Provincial Emergency Program in the Slocan area, and Elder at the Slocan Presbyterian Church.
In 1994 he was divorced, and a few years later he met Maureen Wade who was his companion until her passing in 2014. In 2005, he moved to Winfield, B.C. choosing to spend his time working in his much-loved tradecraft and all aspects of geology and gemology. David was preceded in death by his parents George and Elsie Barclay in addition to his stepmother Janet Lock Barclay. He is survived by his children John (Keri) and Jo-Anne (Ray) Barclay and their families; his siblings Bill Barclay (Diane), Grace Barclay Fryer (Bruce), Marion Barclay-MacKay (Grant, Donald d.2011) and Bob Barclay (Tena ) and five grandchildren. A celebration of life will take place at a future date. Please send expressions of sympathy to [email protected] to be shared with the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the David Barclay Scholarship fund by e-transfer to: [email protected] or mail to:1120 rock club 1749 Highland Drive N. Kelowna B.C. V1Y 4K9
A Memorial gathering to remember David will be held from 1 PM -3 PM, Saturday, May 27, 2023 at the Lake Country Alliance Church, 12025 Oceola Rd, Winfield, BC.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services
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