BARNES~ Rodney Douglas
Loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side February 28, 2007 at the age of 71, after a courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Rod was born in Athabasca, Alberta January 2, 1936 and moved to Maple Ridge in 1947 with his parents Hazel and Bill Barnes, sister Judy McCreery, brothers, Ken/Tink (Marlene), Larry (Jennifer). Rod was a quiet man whose daily life was built on honesty, integrity, loyalty and a strong work ethic. He also spent 7 years as a volunteer fireman at the No.2 Hall in Whonnock. He was a farm drainage contractor who owned and operated his own business Valley Farm Drainage Ltd. He worked his first 10 years for Hoffman and Son in Pitt Meadows and spent a total of 36 years draining farms throughout the Fraser Valley making many friends as he went. With changing technology, he went from installing clay tile with grade stakes to plastic tile and lasers. Rod will be remembered as an outdoors enthusiast, who loved fishing, hunting, exploring and camping all over BC with his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years Donna; his son Glenn – children, Tyrone, Dyson, Brock; daughter Melanie Vanden Eykel (John) – children, Brandon (great grandson Jacob), Joshua, Stacie, Chandehl; son Todd (Lisa) – children, Christopher, Adam, Daniel; daughter Maureen Timmer (Richard) – children, Jordan, Robyn. A very special thanks to Drs. Michelle Little and Margaret Swift, all the nurses and staff on 3 West and 2 West at Ridge Meadows Hospital, and the Home Care Team especially Robin and Jane. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation (11666 Laity Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 7G5 ) or the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4). A celebration of Rod’s life will be held Saturday, March the 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Whonnock Lake Centre 27871 -113th Ave. Maple Ridge. (North on 272nd street, East on 112 Ave., left on 276 street).
Lovingly remembered and forever
missed by his family and friends.