David William Barker


Born May 24, 1953 and died peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Thursday November 18, 2021 in his 69th year, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Beloved husband of Deirdre (Dede), cherished son of Ruth Barker Witty, brother of Patricia Rine (late Ken), Paul (Joanne), Robert (Joanne), Donald (Lynn), and MaryLynn Barker. Loved brother-in-law to Shelley Davis-Fowler and her husband Dave. Dear Uncle to several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Predeceased by his father William (Bill), and stepfather Cleworth Witty. He will be sadly missed by his fur babies, Buddy, Rosie, and Gracie.  David enjoyed spending time with friends and family, fishing, hunting, playing cards and sharing stories.

In keeping with David’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations to the Sweaburg Lions Club, or the Oxford Fish and Game Club are greatly appreciated and may be made directly, or (by cheque) through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 3V8 who has been entrusted with final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please do a kind deed in David’s honour.  Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared here at wareingcremation.ca

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  • I was a young neighbour of Dave and Dede many years ago when we lived in Centreville. Spent many an hour shooting our guns at targets and fishing. He helped mold me into the outdoorsman I am today and have fond memories of his advice. RIP Dave and my condolences to Dede and his family and friends.

    Mike Emmerich
  • Dear Dede: Bless your heart at the passing of David. He was jolly, happy and good to family and friends around him.

    Beverly Franklin Martin
  • Sincere condolences Dede to you and your family. May God bless you and comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

    Joyce and Bob Stewart
  • Very sorry to read of David’s passing wishing you Dede to be cradled in the healing hands of time. May God be good to him. Deborah Park, Allan Park(Jane MacDonald) Marianne (David) Ruffin

    Marianne Park-Ruffin
  • Dear Dede Condolences with the loss of that wonderful man of yours. I had the privilege to get to know him a little bit while taking care of him during his treatments. He loved his wife, life, people, conversation, laughter, food, plants, volunteering and so many things. He did not let his vision limit who he was or what he could do. I am so sorry to read that he is now with you in spirit only. Hugs

    Dick and Frieda Dekker
  • Dear Dede: It was with great sadness that Jim and I read of Dave’s passing. he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Sweaburg has lost a loving and well loved person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️🤗

    Jim and Jan Post
  • Dear Dede: Jim and I were so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He will be sorely miss

    Jim and Jan Post
  • Very sorry Dede

    Karen Carter
  • Our condolences to Dede and David’s Family. We will miss David greatly. He was so gentle, easy going and generous. We enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips together. He was the kind of guy that if he had it and you needed it , it was yours. He was loved by many.
    Rest in Peace David.

    Dennis and Grace Wolfe
  • Dear Dede and all your Family: We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed by so many. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this sad time. I’m sure you have lots of precious memories.
    Doug and Doreen Nash

    Doug and Doreen Nash
  • Dede..,so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
    We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to you and the entire Barker family. Dave was such a caring and wonderful person.
    May your fond memories help you through this difficult time and always keep Dave near and dear in your hearts!

    John and Sandy Feick
  • Sending my sincere condolences to the entire Barker family. I’m so sorry for your sad loss. Gone too soon, but may he rest in eternal peace.

    Margaret Marchant
  • Most sincere condolences to David’s family . Dede my memories of all our fishing tours and house boat vacations are still very much Cherished in my mind. We need to get together in the new year for an old fashioned visit . Love Dick and Linda

    Dick Dufton
  • Dede – We are so terribly sad to hear about Dave’s passing. You are most definitely in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure all the wonderful memories you both made through the years.Take good care of yourself. Thinking of you always my Friend.

    Larry and Betty Parker
  • We were lucky enough to have spent some time in Florida with Dede and David.A fun loving guy we will never forget.Lots of stories , lots of laughs. RIP David .Our deepest sympathy.Another Great fisherman in heaven!!

    Elizabeth Loggie
  • Dede: So very sorry to hear of David’s passing. I know how difficult these past days and weeks have been, you have my heart felt condolences. In my remembering David, he was a fun loving, warm and caring man, always quick to help others. His wonderful booming laugh is what I remember most. I know how
    much he meant to you. David will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

    Carol Christie
  • Dear Dede,
    We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time

    Lidio and Jane Raffin
  • Dedee so sorry to hear about the passing off David, we wish you all the best to carry on

    John & Irene Vandersteen
  • Dede
    We are sad to hear of your loss of David. I vividly remember your recounts and pictures of David’s many bear hunting trips. Our thoughts are with you.
    Bob and Isobel

    Robert Anderson
  • DEDE so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing Cherish your memories of your life together. He will always remain in your heart.

    Bruce & Beth Harmer
  • Dede and family
    I am so sorry to read of David’s illness.
    It was always a pleasure to spend time with David, whether at South Gate or the fish fries…he was always a happy ,positive fun fellow to be with…and will be truly missed by many.
    In peace

  • Ruth and family…My sincere sympathies on the passing of David. He had such a great smile and a wave or hello whenever we saw him. I’m sure you will have many wonderful memories of him to help you through this time.

    Ruth Ingham
  • Dede, Such a great guy who bore his afflictions with grace and patience and with your faithful companionship. Sweaburg and the greater community will certainly miss this kind and thoughtful man, Our thoughts are with you and Dave’s mom and the rest of the family.

    Steve Tait

    Steve Tait and family
  • Oh Dede and family.
    Tori and I send our most sincere condolences at this very difficult time. David will be fondly remembered for his big hugs and big personality. He was a great man a great friend and an amazing member of the community!
    Sending all our love and big hugs!

    Dave and Victoria Parker
  • Oh how we loved playing cards and visiting with David, he was such a kind and loving soul. Dede, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs.

    Nancy & Rick Johnson
  • Dede – We are truly sorry to hear of David’s passing. Cherish your many memories as you journey through this difficult time.

    Anne and Art Van de Coevering
  • A good friend that will dearly be missed.
    David had such a great sense of humour. He was always smiling and laughing even if he missed his targets Monday mornings.
    Our thoughts are with you Dede.

    John And Genie Phillips
  • A sad day has come losing a great friend like Dave. We had many great times together on our yearly fishing trips and visits over the years. He was like a brother to me. My sincere condolences to Dede and Dave’s family. Rest In Peace, Dave and thank you for the memories that we have shared.

    Fred Gould
  • So very sorry for your loss Dede and family.I will carry many great times with David .❤️
    Love Andrew & Michelle

    Andrew Hutchinson
  • Words cannot express my gratitude for being blessed with the best extra Dad in the world. I cannot remember a time when David wasn’t there to encourage me and be so proud of me, and I am going to miss him always. His hugs were a shelter in any storm and made even the worst times better, I will miss sinking into those hugs and receiving his unconditional love in times good and bad. Thank you, David, from the bottom of my heart. I will keep my promise, so rest easy until I see you again.

    Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend to you David William Barker. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.

    Dede, you have a lifetime of memories to cherish and the amazing strength to carry on; count on those who love you and want to be there for you. Let your love community be a blessing as we share in your loss and grief. You are not alone <3

    Jodi Lynn Barta
  • Dear Dede,
    So sorry to learn of David’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Sincerely, Dave and Judy

    Judy Mattson
  • David was a good friend and my best fishing buddy; I’ll miss him.

    Jan Van Horn, Sr.
  • I am truly sorry to hear of Dave’s passing , my condolences Dede and to the family

    Janie Spragg
  • I will always remember the first time I met David 20 years ago. He was and always will be my “Big Daddy”! Here’s to our many memories until we meet again.
    “The Little One”

    Carolyn Faflak
  • May you rest in peace David. You were one of a kind. Always made me feel welcome in your company. Fly high big guy ! You will be missed.

    Jim Mckay
  • Thinking of you all, many memories. David will be missed. Hugs to you all.

    Alan and Kathy Young
  • My deepest condolences to you in the loss of your dear husband Dede. He will definitely be missed by all his family and friends.

    Sharon Lapointe

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