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W.R. (Roy) Barnes, 83, of Kelowna, B.C. passed away on February 15, 2015.  Roy was the eldest of 6 children of William and Florence Barnes.  Born April 26, 1931, Roy was raised in and around London, ON.  After high school graduation, Roy joined the RCAF in 1953 and became a fighter pilot.  His service included three postings in Europe, and he served with 441, 421, and 444 Squadrons.  He was also a Flight Instructor and was selected to become the Air Forces’s Flight Safety Officer.  He ended his military service as the Senior Air Desk Officer at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.  From there he was recruited to become the first Air Command General Safety Officer, a civilian position, in Winnipeg.  He retired in 1993 after 40 years with the Department of National Defence.

Roy was an avid Duplicate Bridge Player.  He became a Certified Director and directed games wherever he lived.  In the 1970’s he was President of the NATO European Armed Forces Bridge League.  In Winnipeg he was the Club Manager for over 20 years, and was a Past President of the Manitoba Unit 181.  Until his recent illness he was Manager and Director of the Parkinson Duplicate Bridge Club.  In the last years of Roy’s life he enjoyed cruising the world with his wife and taking vacations with his extended family.

He is survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Lisa (Don) McCarthy, son Sam Barnes, stepsons Steven and Darcy (Miray) Schott, Grandson Sean McCarthy, Granddaughters Michelle McCarthy, Leanne, Megan and Ella Schott, Sister Marie Dundas, Brother Charles (Sandra) Barnes.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, on Tuesday, February 17, at 4:00 PM.   In lieu of flowers donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Tuesday, February 17, at 4:00 PM

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for BARNES, MAJOR WILLIAM ROY (RET’D) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, at 4:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Natalie Bennett Drover says:

    Sending our sincere condolences to Lisa and Sam and all the family at this very sad time.

    Nat and Paul

  • Yvette Kirk says:

    Lisa and family – I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father. No matter the age, the passing of a parent is never easy. Please hold his memory in your heart to get you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Allen & Brenda Doherty says:

    Lisa & your family:
    Our deepest condolances to you all. It is A difficult time but time will let your memories make it easier.
    You are in our thoughts.

  • Jo-Ann Hightower says:

    Dearest Lisa

    I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. I am sending you love and strength.

  • Elli Moos says:

    So sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. Extending deepest sympathy to you and the family at this time of sorrow.

  • Clair and Valerie says:

    Dear Maureen and family,
    Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. We know that Roy will live on in your hearts.

  • Cheryl Forster, Niece says:

    On behalf of my mother, Marie Dundas, Roy’s Sister, we wish to extend our sincere & heartfelt condolences to Maureen, Lisa, Sam & Families. We know firsthand the deep sorrow & heartache that you are feeling. It is a huge loss from your lives and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With love from the Dundas Family in London, ON

  • Lorene Harris says:

    Dear Maureen: Was so sorry to hear about Roy Passing away. Always liked Roy and enjoyed the several times we played bridge together. Your life will be changed a great deal now. Do know you have a friend, ( expect many .)
    Take care my Dear, ad pray Roy rests in peace, Lorene

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