BARRY ELWOOD COPE
Born In: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: January 30th, 1924
Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: September 12th, 2012
Barry Elwood Cope passed away on September 12, 2012 at the age of 88 years after a brief battle with cancer.
Barry was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 30, 1924 to parents Terence Richard Cope and Agnes Kyle Tinto. Barry moved with his family to Vancouver, B.C. at an early age. In his teens, Barry enrolled in Sea Scouts and thus began a lifelong love of boating.
In 1944, Barry enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force but returned to civilian life with the end of World War II. Barry soon joined Canadian Forest Products and embarked on a long career in the accounting profession. When he wasn't working, Barry relaxed at the family cottage on Nelson Island and was active in the Jericho Tennis Club. Barry worked for several years at Dillingham Construction which entailed numerous trips to Hawaii.
In 1970, Barry moved his family to Kamloops, B.C. to teach accounting at the newly opened Cariboo College. A few years later, Barry established his own accounting practice. Active in the Kamloops business community. Barry was a Rotarian and he served as President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. Barry attempted retirement several times but his talent for administration of receiverships kept him busy well into his sixties. Eventually, retirement took hold and he and wife Shirley spent many happy years summering at the family cottage at Wildrose Bay and wintering in Indio, California.
Survived by his children Dianne (Jim) McCulloch, Doug (Nancy) Cope, Terry (Pete) Leggat, Gary (Velia) Cope and Graham (Sandy) Cope, sister Geri Clayton, first wife and friend June Cope and numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Barry was predeceased by his wife Shirley, sisters Rosalind and Noreen, and his furry best friend Misty.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room at Chapters Viewpoint Restaurant in Kamloops, B.C.
Donations to the North Okanagan Hospice Society (http://www.nohs.ca) in Barry's name would be appreciated by the family.