Our deepest sympathies to Bill and his family for this tragic loss of a wonderful caring lady.
Obituary for Carol Barker
Barker, Carol Ann
Passed away at Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 with her loving husband and friends by her side. Carol who was in her 70th year had just recently adopted Gunther into our family of horses, dogs, cats and pet duck. Beautiful Carol was known by everyone to have an open heart for any animal in need of help: cats in the culvert, dogs in rescue programs, and even a duck that just dropped into the farm. Carol was an avid horse lover. As a wedding present she bought her husband, Bill Morris, a horse. That led to thirty-seven years of horse shows across Canada and the US. Carol rode and placed at the Paint Horse Congress in Wichita on HF Skips Supreme. Carol, raised: an APHA World Champion, Dontyoujustloveme; an APHA Reserve World Champion My Oh My and her favourite CC (Don’t Skip Charlene). Carol always tried to help other people. There are quite number of young people who benefited from Carol providing them with a good horse to learn on (7L’s Shanandoah, HF Skips Sly Fox, Andy Rap, and Skips Jube).
Carol was always the strong leader, planner and manager. After growing up near Dorchester, Ontario she developed a strong urge to travel. For a number of years this desire to travel was satiated by working as an attendant with Wardair based out of Calgary. Later she returned back to the London and joined the staff at Fanshawe College as a co-op Liason Officer. When she retired in 1999 Carol was the Manager of Co-op and Career Services, the Manager of International education. Colleagues working with Carol knew they could depend on her to be honest, forthright and always ethically correct. During this period Carol supervised projects in Japan, Phillipines and Ecuador.
After retiring from the College, Carol and her loving husband Bill Morris, who she was married to for 37 years moved from their beautiful old farmhouse near Lucan to a newer house near Fonthill, Ontario. At this new locality Carol became actively involved in local community. She was recognized by the town of Fonthill for her contributions to the development of Bradshaw Park. Also during this time Carol began producing high quality water colours: each painting has the trademark Barker attention to detail. Most recently, Carol and her husband had returned to their love for travelling their favourite being Manitoulin Island.
The Memorial Service to honour Carol’s life will be at the JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME,1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill, Saturday the 10th of January 2015, 11:00am
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Jack Russell Rescue and the German Shorthair Rescue Societies.