McCall Gardens

Taken from us too soon, Diane passed away on August 23, 2017 at home in Victoria.  Born in London, Ontario on May 8, 1956, Diane is survived by her husband, Dan Barcelo; sons, Colton and Grayson; siblings, Donna Leavitt, Dorothy Stojkiewicz and John Lyle, as well as her extended family and friends.  Predeceased by her mom, Joan Lyle.

Di loved life and always tried to see the positive side. She was artistic and loved to create art from all sorts of mediums, from paints to pencil drawings to refurbishing an old filing cabinet with sunflowers. Di also loved shiny things, like crystals, and stringing them with meaningful beads. (Dan would say you like sparkly things). She had many hobbies, including genealogy which became her newest passion.  She loved to study the lineages to get the stories straight and for the family tree. She was a loving wife to Dan and a loving and dedicated mother to her sons. Di worked hard all her life and loved learning new things. Always in customer service, she was well liked by customers and co-workers.  She was always willing to lend a hand to help whomever.  She loved to laugh and enjoy good wine and food with close friends and family.

Special thanks to Dr. Bridger, Janice, Muriel and Dr. Bax, all the ladies at Beacon Homecare, Dr. Briemberg in Vancouver, ALS Society, and to all the VIHA staff.

A Celebration of Diane’s Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, on Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ALS Society.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Gerri Laughren
    September 17, 2017

    We are very sorry to hear that you lost your Mom and wife, Diane. She was a very nice lady. From your neighbours the Laughrens

  • Julia Burns
    September 17, 2017

    So very sorry to read of Diane’s passing. First met Diane at a business meeting years ago and we had many a fine time together looking for prospects for the business. Dan was building the house in the Highlands and along with Diane were the young boys living in a trailer! What a time it was. Diane was always industrious and creative and I enjoyed our brief working relationship. Again my heartfelt condolences for your loss Dan and family.

  • Patryck Fielding
    September 17, 2017

    Dear Dan Colton and Grayson, and family
    We are soooooooooooo damn sad to hear of the passing of Diane.
    We have such great memories of her, of you, of the whole darn Highland gang and the fun fun we had together.
    Always positive, thoughtful, quick to laugh….
    Patryck and Chris
    ” what we have once enjoyed, we can never lose….all that we love deeply becomes part of us” helen keller

  • Val, Jeanne, Meara and Brenna Fletcher
    September 14, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton and Grayson,

    Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Diane. We have many fond memories of her over the years here in the Highlands. She was always pleasant and engaging in conversation. No one will ever forget her epic pinatas, a hi-lite on Halloween night at the East Hall – always eagerly anticipated by the children. We hope you find comfort in all the happy memories of Diane. She will not be forgotten.

    Val, Jeanne, Meara and Brenna Fletcher

  • nancy & larry Fletcher
    September 14, 2017

    Dear Dan and family members: So sorry to hear of Diane passing your neighbour and friend Nancy & LarryFletcher.

  • nancy & larry Fletcher
    September 14, 2017

    Dear Dan and family members: So sorry to hear of Diane passing we just wanted to pass on our sympathy to you, your neighbours and friends Nancy & Larry Fletcher.

  • Les Desfosses
    September 14, 2017

    Very sorry to read of Diane’s death. As a customer of Nex Gen Hearing I saw her often: always a friendly greeting, always an extra effort to be helpful, I often paused for a brief chat and I used to ask after her when she first left the company. I had no idea her health problems were so serious. My most sincere condolences.

  • Barry & Verna Ford and family
    September 13, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton and Grayson
    Hearing of Diane’s passing instantly brought sadness and the thought that the world has forever lost a true gem. Diane was a rock for so many and did all she did with such grace and kindness. So many of our Highlands kids will always remember those amazing East Highlands Fire Department Halloween parties that Diane would organize as well and her ever famous piñatas. She has left this world far to early but certainly not without leaving us with fond memories and better people for knowing her. When one thinks about a women being a devoted wife and fabulous mother surely Diane comes to ones mind. She will be so missed by her family and many friends. Diane, you will be a shining star forever in all our eyes

  • Shane Creamer
    September 13, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton & Grayson,

    I am saddened by the news of Diane’s passing. Although it has been many years since I’ve seen any of you please know I’m thinking of you. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

  • Edie, Ken, Tyler, Nigel Jordan
    September 12, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton, & Grayson;

    We’re so very sad to hear of Diane’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was. Never did we hear a bad word come out of her mouth. She was always so positive, lots of fun, and a great friend. We’re absolutely heart broken at her passing. Our hearts go out to all of you. She was your Rock.

    Love to you all. Ken, Edie, Tyler & Nigel

  • Reg and Diane Young
    September 12, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton and Grayson.

    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dianne. Although we didn’t see each other often, when we did, we always had a good laugh. Di will be missed by many.

  • Jeanette Lindow
    September 12, 2017

    Our thoughts are with you and the boys , Dan . We are so so sorry for your loss . Diane was a wonderful lady , taken way too soon.
    We will always remember all the good times we had with you and Di , so many laughs 🙂
    And we will always remember all her wonderful baking 🙂
    All the different types of goodies she would come in with 🙂 Wow , she could outdo Martha Stewart !
    She also did awesome gravy 😉
    She was talented in so many ways , but her best talent was Wife and Mother .
    It will not be an easy road for any of you , just take heart that Diane will be travelling it right along beside you .
    Our thoughts ,prayers, condolences are with you all ,
    Love Vic and Jeanette

  • Sue Atkinson & John Latham
    September 12, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton, Grayson, Donna, Dorothy & John
    We are so very sorry for your loss of Di. She truly was a beautiful person. May your wonderful memories of her sustain you through the grieving process. Remember, she will be there with you through the days of your lives.
    Our prayers are with you all.
    Love Cousin Sue & John

  • Nikki Nothling
    September 11, 2017

    Dear Dan, Colton and Grayson

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved wife and mother. Diane was a pleasure to work with and we still miss her her bubbly, kind personality. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel. May our prayers bring you peace during this painful time.
    Take comfort in the words of the poem God Saw You Getting Tired, by Frances and Kathleen Coelho.

    God saw you getting tired
    And a cure was not to be
    So he put His arms around you
    And whispered “Come to me.”

    With tearful eyes we watched you
    As you slowly slipped away
    And though we loved you dearly
    We couldn’t make you stay.

    Your golden heart stopped beating
    Your tired hands put to rest
    God broke our hearts to prove to us
    He only takes the best.

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