Barbara passed away peacefully in the Richmond Pavillion at Royal Jubilee Hospital on March 3, 2018 at the age of 77. Barb was born on October 10, 1940 in Port Alberni, daughter of Olive and Claude Collington. The family moved to Victoria BC, a short time later to Kings Road. In 1946, the family moved to Davie Street.

In 1960, Barb met Melvin and soon after they moved to Quadra Street then eventually settled at Stelly’s X Road. Barb returned to Davie Street with the passing of her mother and father.  She remained there until her passing.

She worked at the Royal BC Museum in the archives department for many years. Barb had many “save the planet interests” and after retirement, she and a group of her friends started Flax to Linen Victoria.

Predeceased by her husband Mel, she is survived by sons Brian (Gail), Murray (Tracey), Guy; grandsons Cody, Tavas; sister Fran (Bob); many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be deeply missed by all her family.

Many thanks to the staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital for making her final days comfortable.

A Memorial Service and Reception will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens 4665 Falaise Drive on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm, followed by Interment at Royal Oak Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Pledge forms will be available at the Funeral Service or online.

McCall Gardens


  • Mrs Fowler
    March 11, 2018

    With sympathy from Dick & Doreen Fowler

  • Crystal Akerley
    March 10, 2018

    I am going to miss you, Aunt Barb. Who will I reminisce with about making rosebud skirted cakes for 5 yr olds and check out family lines with on the genealogy sites.
    I do have a surprise for you though. We finally found a picture of Melvin’s mom! I so wish you could have been there for that. You will be missed by many.
    Condolences to my cousins; Brian, Murray, Guy and families and sister Fran.

  • Bob Powell
    March 9, 2018

    I first met Barb in 1974 or 1975 when, as a single mom, she began a work experience term at the Archaeology Division of the, then, British Columbia Provincial Museum. The work was quite leading edge, involving the first use of very early computers for describing and cataloguing archaeological specimens. Barb was very dedicated and took to the work with persistence and applied the detailed accuracy it required. Of course we were pleased to continue employing her on a more permanent basis. I was sad when the funding dried up and Barb had to leave after seven years, but was glad she was able to use her experience to move on to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
    She and I delighted in sharing a birth day, just a different year/decade. She had a very gentle, yet courageous manner.
    My deep condolences to her family and close friends.

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