David Barkley


A lifetime resident of the Dunbar area, David Barkley passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. He was 55.

David Charles Barkley was born in Winchester on May 5, 1958, to his parents Lee and Edna Barkley (nee Colquhoun).  He was baptized June 29th, 1958, and confirmed November 8th, 1970 – a life-long member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Dunbar. 

He was educated at local schools, S.S.#8 Beckstead, Elma Public and North Dundas District High School. He attended Centennial College in Scarborough, where he completed a two year Automotive Technician program. 

After graduation he worked at Steinberg’s Garage in Williamsburg.

David was always a hard worker.  A lot of times he worked too hard. He loved to fix things and he loved working on cars.  David was incredibly intelligent and he had one speed when he was working and it was fast. He always wanted to get chores done quickly so he could sit down and have a coffee and a smoke…with maybe a side order of ice cream and cheese.

The first 22 years of David’s life were pretty normal. He worked on the farm, then at the garage, had lots of friends and was always on the go. 

After that David experienced many difficulties and life became a struggle for him and for those closest to him. However, during the last 10 years life became easier as he worked on the farm and enjoyed the company of his family.

David is survived by his parents Lee and Edna Barkley (nee Colquhoun) of R.R.# 2 Chesterville and his siblings Garry Barkley (Diane) of Vernon and Sandra Barkley-Probst (Rev. Jo) of R.R.# 2 Chesterville.

He was the dear uncle of Adam Barkley (Jen), Angela Barkley-Dallas (Nick), Meghan Barkley (Michael), and great-uncle of Evan and Aiden Barkley and Amelia Dallas. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday April 25th from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 26th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.  

Pallbearers were Adam Barkley, Nick Dallas, Michael Beaulne, Gordon Elliott, Garry Elliott and Wayne Dillabough. 

Donations to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com. 

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