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CPL. KEN BARKER It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ken, our beloved husband, father and brother. Ken will forever be remembered by his wife Shari, daughter Kelly and son Sam. Also mourning his passing are siblings Chris (Debbie), Sandy (Glen), Lynda (Jan), Cindi (Larry), Bill, and Wendy, brothers-in-law Doug (Mona) and Bob (Lisa), mother-in-law Gwen Groff and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Helen and Stanley, brother-in-law Robert Walder, father- in-law Al and his much loved police service dog Axa. Ken was born on March 19, 1963, the youngest of seven children. He was raised in Fort Garry and attended Ralph Maybank, Pembina Crest, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. He graduated with a BA (honors) from the University of Manitoba. In 1987 he began his career in Nanaimo with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 1990 Ken and Shari relocated to Winnipeg to be close to his mother when she became ill. At that time Ken chose another career path and served with the Winnipeg Fire Dept. from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, Ken returned to the RCMP and eventually fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a police dog handler. His postings then included Ethelbert, Selkirk, Surrey, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie and Headquarters of D-Division in Winnipeg. Ken was a highly respected member of the RCMP, he worked with the Emergency Response Team and was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal, the RCMP Long Service Medal and he received a Commissioners Commendation for Bravery. Ken loved camping at Rushing River with his family, our ski trips with the Heddens and Swandels, watching Kelly and Sam on the ice, lounging at the Barker's pool, the camaraderie of his colleagues as well as any time spent with his dogs. He was known for his fondness of shopping, sense of style, love of music, above all The Rolling Stones, all things hockey including the Oilers, and cooking for his family, friends and colleagues. He was quick witted, had an awesome sense of humour and loved a good laugh. Ken suffered a long battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So many people reached out to him but as is common with PTSD, he would withdraw and isolate himself. A special thanks to Mark Kelly for his support to Ken and Shari, and to Dr. Neil Anderson, Dr. Alla Kirshner and Robert Davis for their professional help and really caring for Ken. Thank you as well to members of the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service and Winnipeg Police Department that tended to Ken. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness c/o or Little Warriors. A celebration of Ken's life will be held on Friday, July 18 at the St. Vital Catholic Church at 1629 Pembina Hwy. at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the Masonic Centre 420 Corydon Avenue.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 16, 2014

Condolences & Memories (111 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the Barker family. - Posted by: Eric SHEWAN (Retired OPP Senior Constable) on: Feb 14, 2017

  • I am not a family member friend or associate of Constable Barker but I am a member of the public that this brave RCMP officer helped so often in his career. I hope you don't mind my adding my comments but I was so sad when I read of this officer taking his own life. I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to all family members friends and fellow officers. Such a horrific crime to have witnessed and even more tragic our government did not do enough to help our First Responders who are so bravely running to crime scenes that everyone else is running away from. I am so so sorry and you all have deepest sympathies from so many of us in Vancouver. May Constable Barker now rest in peace. - Posted by: Stephanie LA Porta () on: Feb 27, 2016

  • Although I had not seen Ken for several years and had unfortunately not heard of his passing until today, I wanted to pay my respects to the Barker family. I worked with Ken in both Manitoba and later in Surrey, British Columbia. We quarried together in Manitoba in the mid nineties with the Police Dog Section. Ken was a top notch policeman. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Ken on the job and off. I am very sad to read to about the circumstances of Ken's death. I had the highest regard for Ken as a man and a professional. I can only wish for him to be now in peace. - Posted by: Mark Catto (Past Colleague) on: Jan 20, 2016

  • Dear Shari, Kelly and Sam, On behalf of all of the members of The Mounted Police Professional Association Canada, I want to extend our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your husband and father, Ken. Ken was a highly regarded and well-respected member of the RCMP – both during active service and retirement. He had an exemplary career with the Force, which was evident by his commendations for bravery and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Ken was also an excellent RCMP dog handler, who was admired by many for his professionalism and dedication to his work. The job of a dog handler is not an easy one, but he did it with pride, humour and with a true sense of duty to the citizens he was sworn to serve. Those that had the honour and pleasure of working with Ken are deeply saddened by his passing and share in your grief. Ken was also a fighter. He fought the battle against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as best he could and it is clear that the support he had from you and his extended family helped to bolster him in that struggle. You all played a key role in helping him get through each day. Unfortunately, as many of us know, PTSD is a tireless enemy and as hard as we fight, sometimes that enemy cruelly takes our loved ones from us. Our members will never forget the battle you and Ken fought and we admire your strength, courage and immense love for one another. As the days and weeks ahead come and go, I pray that the memories of happier times – of all the things that made Ken special to all of you – sustain you during this incredibly difficult time. We are here for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support or a shoulder. You are forever part of the RCMP family and we will unendingly hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Rae Banwarie President - MPPAC T: (778) 245-8595 E: - Posted by: Rae Banwarie (President - MPPAC) on: Aug 07, 2014

  • My condolences to the Barker Family. Bill and Sandy are friends of mine. - Posted by: Dan Rousset (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2014

  • Dear Shari and family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Norma Fonger (neighbour) on: Jul 29, 2014

  • Shari and Family - I am so very very sorry for youR loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Kathleen E MacKay (Patient) on: Jul 28, 2014

  • Shari & Family: Linda and I are shocked and our heart aches for your loss. I worked with Ken in Nanaimo and he was a true gentleman! He worked hard and always had a smile and a kind word. I know how much you wanted to be a dog handler Ken, and you did us PROUD my friend!!!! I heard of your many good works, even over here in "E" Div. Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of the Barker family !!! & you too Ken!!! Al & Linda Girard. - Posted by: Al & Linda Girard (Co-worker in PDS ) on: Jul 24, 2014

  • I did not know Ken or Shari personally but your story deeply touches my heart. Shari, I heard your interview on CBC earlier this week and I appreciate your advocacy for removing mental health stigma in this profession. My husband is an officer and we have a young family, I can only imagine what he deals with on a regular basis. Hearing your interview opened up a new dialogue in our home and I know other services are also focusing on mental health impacts of policing. Thank you very much for sharing your story to such a wise audience. It has helped my family immensely. - Posted by: Jennifer Dean () on: Jul 23, 2014

  • I was shocked and greatly saddened to see Ken's photo in an article this past weekend in an Ottawa paper on the subject of RCMP suicides. Ken was a troop mate of mine at the RCMP Academy in Regina in 1987. He was a sharp member and quite a character, and I had the feeling then that he would make a fine officer. From the comments that I see here from co-workers that was obviously the case. I worked in other parts of the country than Ken, but had the opportunity to catch up with him a few years back during the last federal election. I had occasion to work with Ken at that time as part of my duties on the Prime Minister's security detail. It was like going back in time, and his old personality shone through. My sincere sympathies to family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else hurting from this tragedy. Too young to go, he will no doubt be sorely missed. - Posted by: Richard (Troopmate) on: Jul 22, 2014

  • Shari and family, my heart breaks for you and your family. My heart aches for everything that Ken went through and my deepest condolences go out to you. Although I didn't know Ken, I feel a closeness in the 'work' that we chose to do. I thank you for speaking openly about PTSD, mental health and suicide, it does make a difference. Scott Chisholm Thunder Bay ON ps. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to talk. - Posted by: Scott Chisholm (Fire Fighter, Paramedic and Founder of Left Behind by Suicide ) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • It is with the greatest of sadness and sincere sympathy that I make a reconnection to your family. Ken visited our Grade Two class with his dog when Sam was in our class and for a number of years after. In my many pictures of special moments and events, I have a picture of Ken with his dog...wondering if it could be Axa? I recall how amazing Ken was with the dogs and how special his presentations were for the students. He was such a caring person with outstanding talents. After all these years, I can still see his smile and how proud he was of Sam and Sam of him. Heartfelt sympathy to all, Marlene Mutch - Posted by: Marlene Mutch (I taught Sam in Grade Two 2003-2004) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • I never met Ken but heard so many wonderful things about him from his sister Wendy. She was so proud of him and the wonderful things he had achieved. His memory will live in his family. My sincere sympathy to the family!! - Posted by: Sharon Samson (friend to sister Wendy) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • Rest in Peace brother - Posted by: John Ross CD (Retired WPS and Canadian Armed Forces) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • I met Ken in a PTSD treatment program. He was a very kind and gentle soul struggling with those inner demons brought on by trauma. I hoped you would find some kind of inner peace some day. My heart is heavy to hear how the world has lost such a wonderful man. My thoughts go out also to your family and friends who lived your struggle with you. PTSD takes it's toll on families and they to have to live with its side effects. I too almost lost my family. Heroes in life..... - Posted by: LAAB (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • I do not know any of you, but my heart breaks for you. May the treasured memories you have of this wonderful man help you get through this very sorrowful time. May God bless Ken and all of you!! - Posted by: Ricki (none) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • I have only wonderful memories of Ken from the summer of 1984 ,working and living together at CN ,and at U of M ,he was a great guy , my prayers are with Shari and all his family and friends . - Posted by: Michael Dean Chorneyko (Friend ) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • I have only wonderful memories of Ken from the summer of 1984 ,working and living together at CN ,and at U of M ,he was a great guy , my prayers are with Shari and all his family and friends . - Posted by: Michael Dean Chorneyko (Friend ) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly, Sam and Barker family - my heartfelt sympathy is with all of you. In life and death Ken is now serving a role that is very long overdue for R.C.M.P. members. Thank you for being so brave to lead this quest. There are still many out there that need this leadership. Fond memories of Ethelbert - Always - Posted by: Heather and family (work) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • My thoughts and prayers go to Ken's family, friends and co-workers at this sad time. Although it has been many years since I have seen Ken it seems like yesterday. We are always family in the RCMP whether currently working or retired. We have lost another great member of our family. RIP bud. - Posted by: Gary Carter (Rtd D Div Member) (Co-worker ) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Ken many, many years ago through his extended family and was very sad to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and all who loved and new him. - Posted by: Mary Kuzmeniuk () on: Jul 19, 2014

  • Have you looked upon the sheen that shines In the early morning sun Felt the cool of an evening past Walked in the dew that now surrounds The leaves they glisten Shimmer With an early morning breeze And life feels right within a world So near and close to thee And then in a fractured moment All the beauty that surrounds Is left behind and horror reeks Havoc all around A young lad traveling on a bus Is attacked in so profound A way that leaves a scar within A young heart who stood and found He had to do a job that day He could not turn away For that it stole his innocence even though so very brave How could anyone prepare for what Was found, was seen, that day On a bus of weary travelers As they went along their way Oh lord our officer saw and dealt With what no one should tasked Leaving an imprint on a mind to dwell Into his future from his past Too often we take for granted The daily jobs of those Who step to the plate To keep us safe As along our daily lives we go RCMP Corporal Ken Barker Our nation let you down We were not there To provide the help Needed so much for you Please know we are so grateful For your efforts to protect Those you swore a duty too On Canada’s behalf . Cpl. Ken Barker Thank You May You R.I.P We Will Remember By Roger Borchert The Borchert Family, Morinville, Alberta - Posted by: Roger Borchert (Canadian) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • I only knew Ken for a short amount of time when I first arrived at Surrey Detachment as a recruit. What I remember about Ken is that he was everything a police officer should be. Quick to smile and slow to anger, he treated everyone he encountered with respect and dignity. A professional in every sense of the word. My heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Rob Dixon (Co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I did not know Mr Barker, but my heart who goes out to his family, friends, colleagues and others touched by his kindness and compassion over the years. Sad that so many past crimes also haunted and claimed him as a victim. RIP - Posted by: Janice (none) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Shari and family; though I didn't know Ken, it is plain to see what a special man he was to everyone he touched. My heart is heavy for you and your children. Please know I'm sending you some comfort, just as you've done for me in times of need. - Posted by: Barb Kolomi (Patient) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Ken was a wonderful man, a professional police officer who truly cared about his co-workers. I remember the efforts he went to keep us all supplied with the comforts of life during five long weeks at the Waterhen. His passing is devastating and we have lost a truly great soul. He is at peace now. - Posted by: Bob Fraser (Colleague) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I was fortunate to have served with Ken in Nanaimo. What stood out above all his fine qualities was Ken's genuine decency in dealing with people, regardless of their position in society. My sincere sympathy goes out to the Barker family. - Posted by: Garry Rodgers (RCMP co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ken. We worked together on many occasions as members of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba R.C.M.P. Tactical troops. Ken was without a doubt one of the finest police officers and people I have ever had the honour of knowing. He went out of his way to enhance esprit de corps between the two teams. Always a very caring and compassionate man, he attended my father's funeral and the kind words and his presence were very consoling. Ken was a friend and a true gentleman. My deepest sympathies to Ken's family. - Posted by: Mark Malloy (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • We have lost an Earth Angel named Ken. Ken obviously made a big difference in this world...I hope he knew how special he was. Thinking of his family, co-workers, and others that deal with the aftermath of tragedies.... - Posted by: Kristin D (nil) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • To a great soul. You made me laugh and taught me plenty whenI was starting off. I will miss you. - Posted by: Randy Belmore (Co-worker, friend) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • This breaks my heart. I hope you're at peace now, Ken. Condolences to his loved ones. - Posted by: Courtney (none) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • So sad to hear of Ken's passing, our prayers are with you Shari, Gwen and Family. - Posted by: Ray McCaughan (Friend of the family) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Shari, Kelly & Sam. We have fond memories of watching our kids growing up playing Fort Garry hockey. Many good times were shared at the rinks and at the parent parties. Ken was a kind and gentle man and will be deeply missed. From Patti, Bruce & Matt - Posted by: The Broughton Family (Friends) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • My condolence to the family. Ken's presence will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Gerry Muys (friend) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I just learned of Ken's passing...I am sorry, very sorry for his family. I had the pleasure of working wih Ken while in Manitoba, he was a consummate professional and very personable member of the RCMP. Thinking of Ken's family and all of my former RCMP colleagues who are touched by his untimely passing. God bless Kenny. - Posted by: Tammy Smith (Colleague) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Dear Shari and family: My heart breaks for you in the loss of your husband, father and friend. I did not know Ken, but my father knew of him as he is a retired RCMP officer as well. I unfortunately know all too well the suffering that comes with PTSD, I wish more could be done to help those that suffer as well as supporting their loved ones. Know that many of us are here for support and a shoulder to cry on. May Ken continue to watch over you and your family from above and hopefully he has found his peace. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Barbara King (Co-worker of Shari's) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I too struggle with PTSD from an attack. I know what it feels to struggle with the PTSD pain, flashbacks. I am a strong person and many times I felt like ending my life during the first few years. We as a society need to recognize mounties, police, veterans and people that survived a crime are not toss aways. There is something wrong if people in these jobs are scared to get help in fear of being ridiculed based on their ignorance and lack of understanding. People have NO idea what it's like to have PTSD and once you do you are forever changed with a disability. It's amazing that if people don't see a gaping wound then people have to be fine - Just because people can't visibly see an issue does NOT mean it doesn't exist. This is a daily struggle for anyone that has PTSD and I'll tell you it is not fun and wasn't welcome but it is here to stay until I and everyone can be helped to understand it and how to deal with it. I am truly saddened for your loss. I hope Ken's stolen life will be an eye opener to the government that things need to be changed. The GOVERNMENT says they offer help but they truly are not offering much if any help for people that struggle with PTSD. May Ken's soul rest in peace! - Posted by: Nicole (None) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Dear Shari and family words cannot express the pain and sorrow that you must be feeling. We first met you in clear lake Manitoba at the camp ground. We had a wonderful summer evening sitting around the camp fire. Later on I got to know Ken through Josee my wife and a fellow colleague of Ken's I had coffee with him at the Timmy's on route 90. Ken was a wonderful and kind person, I enjoyed chatting with him. What he went through was horrific and truly painstaking. His journey on earth is now over, but his legacy will live on forever. He is needed somewhere else now and will carry on the great things that he did here. May you find comfort, love and strength from those around you. Rest in peace and be forever free. Kindest Regards, Randall and Josee - Posted by: Randall Smolinski and Josee Jolicouer (Friend colleague ) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathy to you, Shari and family. Ken was a good person and an excellent policeman. I very much enjoyed working with him in Selkirk and have many fond memories of those times. May the love and support of those close to you bring strength during this difficult time. John & Iva - Posted by: John & Iva Joslin (Friend & Co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I met Ken while we were both in the PTSR program and I could see how badly he wanted to heal...but I could also see how much pain he was in. I too have often wished that I had cancer as opposed to PTSD because the stigma is almost harder to bear than the anxiety/depression that follows trauma. I hold those in my heart who have taken their own lives as a way of coping (my brother included)and it reminds me that I need to be very gentle with myself and my emotions and to keep trying to be as healthy as I can be, mentally and physically. It is in this way that I will honour Ken as I know he would appreciate that. - Posted by: Grace Girard (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • You are in our thoughts during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: the Hardy family () on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I met Ken at a PTSD Treatment Program. I too have PTSD. I had the privilege of seeing what gentle soul he was as well as the pain that he was enduring as a result of PTSD. Ken will be sadly missed, but I feel rest assured that he is no longer suffering. Rest in Peace Ken. - Posted by: Peggy Morgan (friend) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • On behalf of all the residents in Rossburn, My sincere sympathy to Ken's family and friends. We have a great working relationship with the RCMP posted here and it is always so sad to hear of an officer dying. I believe it doesn't matter where we live they become a huge part of the family in the communities they work in. It is tragic and hard to accept for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Barker family. There are no words to truly express this sad and shocking happening. - Posted by: Mayor Shirley Kalyniuk Town of Rossburn, Mb. (Friends of all RCMP) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly and Sam, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope that you can remember the best of times and take comfort there. This death came much too soon. Sincerely, Beth - Posted by: Beth Popham (Cousin) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • Such a tragedy, my heart goes out to everyone who knew Ken. He was such a lovely soul, It breaks my heart to hear what he, Shari and the kids have had to go through. Know you are all in my thoughts. - Posted by: Christy Candlish (friend from High School) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • I only knew Ken in his youth but learned about the man he had become through the words of his siter, Wendy. Those words were always full of love and admiration. My condolences to all of you for your profound loss. - Posted by: Val Gilbert (Friend of Ken's sister, Wendy. ) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • My deepest condolences go out to Ken's family and loved ones, and I am so sorry for your devastating loss. The world has lost a really good guy. - Posted by: Laurie Einarson (nee Wiklund) (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2014

  • My heartfelt condolences to Kens family, friends, colleagues and dogs. Another great man has been lost to PTSD. Please know that the country has wrapped it's loving arms around you and is holding you close at this terribly painful time. Thank you for your service, Ken. God bless... - Posted by: Barbara Skripka () on: Jul 18, 2014

  • So very saddened by this tragic news. Kenny was such a bright light, a truly wonderful human being. It is hard to put into words but there was always a closeness, and although too few, the times we spent together will always be treasured. My heart goes out to you Shari, Kelly, Sam, and the Barker family. - Posted by: Carol (Cousin) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Although I did not know Ken, I am lucky enough to be one of Shari's patients. By far one of the kindest, supportive, empathic women I have ever met. I ache for you tonight. I only wish I could share a small bit of the comfort that you offered me so often. - Posted by: Kristin Millar () on: Jul 17, 2014

  • My sincerest condolences to Shari, Kelly & Sam. I fondly remember babysitting for your family in Selkirk and am sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Jackie Palmer (neé Bogaski babysat Kelly & Sam) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • My heart aches for Ken's heartache, even though I did not know him. May God bless your family with peace. May God bless us all with better appreciation & understanding about how fragile our souls could be, regardless of how strong we may look. - Posted by: Dr. Bita Amin-Cyrus (None) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Shari and Family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Ken's passing. May you take comfort in knowing that Ken influenced and touched so many people lives throughout his life. Sincerely Patrick Weighell - Posted by: Patrick Weighell (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I did not know your dad, friend, collegue, son but wanted to offer my sincere condolences I too, live with PTSD and its not a good thing. I lots friends etc as alot of people think you can just "snap out of it". I hope that sharing your story will help others. So many people are afraid to talk about it or admit it. I am thinking of you at this time and hope the wonderful memories will help you get through this difficult time. God bless you all. Sounds like he was a remarkable man who did a lot of good to help others. - Posted by: Sandi (None) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Dear Shari, I offer you and your family and all those who loved Ken my heartfelt condolences. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Francine Deroche (went to U Vic with Shari) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I met Ken at a PTSD treatment centre. I am too, suffering from PTSD. Ken helped me and inspired me during our stay. We spent a lot of time together trying to help each other out. Right now, I am just broken about the sad news. Dear Ken, " Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright" Rip my friend - Posted by: Stephan Moreau (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • rest easy old were a pleasure to work with in of times.....greatest of did not suffer alone...I know of others....I hope that your action will kick start the boys on the fourth floor into making sure that steps will be taken to prevent the overloads that occur when members are left out there way too long and way too many times...God preserve his family unit brent - Posted by: brent (friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Saw the news coverage of this man and the focus on PTSD in which he lived with. I want to express my condolences to his wife, his children, his family and his colleagues. I wish to acknowledge with gratitude all of his sacrifices as an RCMP officer in protecting the people of this Country. RIP. - Posted by: Kirsten () on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Cpl Barker was an amazing person !!! I remember calling him at all hours of the night! Never grumpy, always polite and would go out to help his co-workers anytime and anywhere! I got to know him a little more going out on ERT calls and remember so vividly the call on the bus! You will be missed by all. The force has lost, yet again, a good member! Rest in peace ! Deepest sympathies to the Barker family !! - Posted by: Michelle Boyko (Co-worker) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Our prayers go out to the Barker family. Ken was a caring man and loving father who will be missed by many - Posted by: Tom Lambert (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly Sam and families. Although we have not been in touch since your Ethelbert days, we remember Ken's willingness to come out to help us on an ambulance call and our daughter thought you had the cutest kids around when she babysat at your place. Ken was a wonderful sincere servant who can't be replicated and will be deeply missed. They don't come as devoted as he was, very often. I pray comfort for you and rest and reward for him. Hugs from us all. - Posted by: Aggie Rehaluk (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • RIP Ken. Your gentle spirit and kind words will be well remembered. - Posted by: Gina (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Cousin Ken, you will be forever remembered in my heart. - Posted by: Teresa Smith (cousin) () on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Ken thank you for being a good friend. I will miss our times talking around the water cooler and the laughs you gave me. It is my honour calling you a friend for over 15 yrs. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Jim Mirza (Co-Worker) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I haven't seen Ken in many years, but I will always remember him with a smile on his face. He was a genuine person who was always willing to help. My condolences to all the people he touched. - Posted by: Ken Fryatt (friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • To Shari, Kelly, Sam and the Barker family. Our sincerest condolences go out to you all for Ken's passing and our thoughts are with you during this time of grief. Having Ken's dog Marty with us over the past few days has certainly showed us how much time, effort, care and love Ken put into the animals he worked with. - Posted by: Blaine, Marlaine and Cale () on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I was blessed to have met Ken, Shari, Kelly and Sam. I am so sorry for the loss of such a good man. Ken was my field trainer. He shared his brilliance, experience, trust and friendship with me. Ken validated everything I believed an RCMP member represented. He was a kind soul and had a passion for the K9 program. His desire was to make a difference. He truly made a positive difference and influenced many lives. Rest in Peace my Friend. - Posted by: CJ McGowan (Colleague) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Rest in Heavenly Peace Ken. Citizens of Canada were blessed by your selfless service. Sincerest Condolences to your wife, children, family & friends. They are in my prayers. - Posted by: K. Loschiavo (Person coping with PTSD/Anxiety Disorder) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I just wanted to reach out to the family of Ken, having read about Ken's suicide. I am so sorry to read about Ken's passing, my heart goes out to all of you as you come to terms with this sad sad passing. It isn't fair or right this happened. God bless all of you and all members of public service who dedicate their lives on our behalf. Gone way too soon. - Posted by: Aeriol Fitzgerald (Concerned Member of the Public - Toronto Star Reader) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • There are so many fond memories I have of Ken from over the years. He had a certain way of always making me laugh. I was always proud to call you my cousin but I am humbled that I was able to call you my friend. Thank you Kenny for showing me how to make a mean Mexican Pizza. Rest in Peace my friend! - Posted by: Lisa Franklin (Cousin) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • We Canadians never truly appreciate the toll police officers take in keeping our homes, lives and loved ones safe. While I did not know Mr. Barker or his family I do want to thank him for his service and thank the family for their bravery in sharing his story so that others may seek help. God bless. - Posted by: Carmen (none) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • My heart breaks for the family of Cpl. Barker. From your RCMP family on the east coast, please accept my deepest condolences on this tragedy. Widow, Sgt. Doug Cleough, 39879, daughter S/Sgt. Russell Durling 19229 - Posted by: Miriam Cleough (nil) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Ken was a co-worker from Nanaimo and we are truly saddened to hear about his death. Thoughts and Prayers are sent to his entire family and friends he leaves behind. Leanne and Louis Seguin - Posted by: Leanne and Louis Seguin (Co workers) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I am so sad to hear of Ken's passing. I last saw Ken (and Shari) close to 35 years ago when we attended Vincent Massey Collegiate. Like Ken, I too followed an RCMP career path. It is a rewarding career choice, however, one that can be very trying at times. My thoughts go out to Ken's family. - Posted by: Brian Glover (School Mate) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I was deeply, deeply saddened to hear of Ken's passing. I had the immense privilege to have worked with him at many CIT deployments, searches & EDU sweeps. Ken was the first to tell me of my transfer away from Manitoba. My most sincere condolences to Ken's family. I will miss you Ken, you were one of the very best. Rest in peace. Maintiens Le Droit. - Posted by: Derek Inglis (Colleague) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • My condolences to the Barker family for their loss. Ken you were a kind man who cared about people. You were there when I was in need and it is in sadness that we could not do more for you and yours. You were much loved by your colleagues at work and will be missed. - Posted by: Dave (Friend, co-worker ) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Shari, Kelly and Sam. As a police officer Ken was beyond reproach. His love of dogs and his commitment to the PSD program was that of determination. As a hockey player he was our only hope in staying close to the competition for the ad hoc RCMP vs Pine Creek hockey games. We will always have fond memories of Ken. - Posted by: Ken and Rebecca Aspen (Co-worker, friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I share in the sadness of the Ken's suffering with PTSD, the loneliness and darkness filling the days. My prayers to the family, and honour his memory and strength. - Posted by: Sherry Benson-Podolchuk (Retired RCMP ) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I did not know CPL. KEN BARKER personally but would like to thank him for trying to make our world a safe place to live. He did his best and for that I thank him. Maybe some day justice will be served for all his hard work, pain and suffering he did in the Li case. My heart and sole goes out to his family, friends and co-workers. R.I.P. - Posted by: De Hyde Kars () on: Jul 17, 2014

  • We are so sorry for your loss, Shari. Our thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Alan Scramstad and Alison Campbell (friend of Shari) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I remember Ken & Shari as high school sweethearts at Vincent Massey. They both were terrific, hardworking & compassionate people. My heart goes out to all who loved Ken. - Posted by: Kelly Deveau (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly, Sam, family and friends to Ken, My heart breaks for you all. Although many years have passed since our paths had crossed, I can easily recall the big strong guy, with a light heart and a gentle spirit. I am grateful for the years I knew him and I am deeply saddened by his passing. May you find peace and comfort in the support of all who loved him. - Posted by: Jenny Nielsen-Broere (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I went to school with Ken and Shari. Ken grew up on the other side of the tracks from me in Fort Garry. I remember him as a very happy-go-lucky type of guy. I am sorry to hear that Ken was struggling with PTSD. All of my condolences to you Shari, Kelly, and Sam and extended family and friends.♡♡♡ - Posted by: Lynda Brown (Lamirande) (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • I got to know Ken a little this past Vincent Massey hockey season watching our sons on the ice. I remember in particular a conversation that I started by stating what a great defensive player Sam was, his eyed lit up with pride and thanked me for saying so, he told me that he always looked forward to watching his son play. Rest in peace Sir. - Posted by: Barend (Hockey parent) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Dear Shari and family - my sincere condolences. I had the privilege of working with Ken when he was in Ethelbert. I have many wonderful memories of the times we worked together. May he finally be at peace. Hugzzzz. - Posted by: Maxine (Coworker and friend) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • We were shocked and saddened to hear about Ken. He was the Winnipeg cousin who came out to live in B.C. for awhile, and we loved having him... We looked forward to his visits, and enjoyed Shari and their kids coming to chase chickens at the farm. Ken had a special place in my father's heart, there was a strong connection there, perhaps something to do with Auntie Helen. He would often visit my parents and my children remember him bringing out his beautiful dog. Ken was a gentle, kind-hearted man, but he had such strength and presence. This is how we will lovingly remember him. - Leslie and family - Posted by: Leslie Franklin Sim (Cousin) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Our thoughts and prayers go the the entire Barker family. May his soul rest in the arms of our maker. You are greatly missed Wayne, Feanca Elizabeth and Nicole - Posted by: Wayne and Franca Forrest (Wayne Worked with Ken in Nanaimo) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly, & Sam, Deepest Sympathy to all of you. Ken was a remarkable individual who will be sadly missed. May his star shine brightly and you follow it the rest of your days. Blessings and Peace Joanne, Keith, Alanna and Matthew Single - Posted by: Joanne single (Family friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • As a D division dispatcher and ERT scribe I had lots of contact with Ken. I feel sure in saying there was never a better PDS handler for the comm centre to call out, three nights in a row at one point, and never a better guy to talk to after. Total respect for Ken as he always had for others. So sad to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Dale Sylvestre (Coworker) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Haven't seen Ken for over 35 years but we played on the same team and were line mates for a few years playing hockey when we pretty young. Always sad to hear someone you grew up with has passed. - Posted by: Dale (Childhood friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Our boys grew up together and we always loved the company of your family, especially our trip to Fernie. Ken's overwhelming kindness to anyone who coached Sam was most appreciated. Ken was a true gentleman. He will be missed. - Posted by: Dave Taylor (friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Ken you were a gentleman from a young age. You brought humour and charm to many situations. You were the best type of individual the Royal Canadian Mounted Police could ever have. You are in my thoughts forever. My sincere sympathy to all the Barker family. - Posted by: Rhonda Dickens (Friend of family) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly, Sam and extended family. Our condolences and sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We will remember Ken with the fondest of memories. He will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Greg Mrowka & Sandy Bzdell (Friends) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Ken was posted in Nanaimo and I was in the Fire Department; this is how we met. Ken played hockey and so did I. We had a great time together on and off the ice - many laughs and lots of beers. Shari & family we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Sincerely, Norm & Kim - Posted by: Norm & Kim Maybin (Friends) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • On behalf of the Winnipeg Police Service K9 Unit please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time and as you grieve know that we are remembering and honoring the memory of Ken. - Posted by: Winnipeg Police K9 Unit () on: Jul 16, 2014

  • I ran a few tracks with Ken, one in particular went 5 hours through creeks, fields and swamp. I thought I was in shape, Ken you kicked my butt. You were a great guy to talk to and to work alongside. You will be greatly missed by all that knew you. Take care my friend. - Posted by: Ray F. (Co-worker & Friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Dear Shari & Family, Words cannot express the deep sadness we and I'm sure you're all feeling at this time. Ken was by far the most kindness man we had the pleasure of knowing. He could bring a smile or laugh everytime we were together. My only regret is that we didn't spend a lot more time together in the more recent years. He will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Wishing you and the whole family our prayers and deepest condolences. Henry & Cheryl de Moissac - Posted by: Henry de Moissac (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • I had the honour of working with Ken in D division. Ken would always come for a visit bringing Axa to the OCC. Always a smile, never a harsh word or angry voice when called out any time, any day. He was the epitome of what an RCMP officer should be. He touched everyone he met in a positive way. I feel so very sad 'we' couldn't help him in his struggle. I pray that your family finds strength in all those who cared for Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you - Posted by: Karen Krasicki (Co-worker) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • To the Barker family, please accept my sincere condolences. I hadn't seen Ken for probably over 30 years, but he came into my place of work just about a month ago! I will always remember his great smile! - Posted by: Kristen Rigney (Formerly Kristen Houska) (High School friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Shari, Kelly and Sam, We are heartbroken with your loss, the world has lost another good soul and hero. Although many years and miles have come between us we are all RCMP family and it's like we saw you last week and no time has passed. We will all hold our memories of Ken dearly and hope to give you a hug when we pass through again. All our love Cheryl and David - Posted by: David & Cheryl Koekman (Colleague and Friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Our sincere condolences and deepest of sympathies. - Posted by: Debra (Co-worker) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Ken was and remains a great friend who will be sadly missed. The good times on the beaches of Nanaimo, Seattle, along with the many visits in BC and Manitoba will be great memories we carry forever. Always think of you every time I play the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, and many others. Enjoy your peace dear friend. All our love to Shari, Kelly, Sam and your families. From Paul, Tami, Patrick, Eric, Jody and Aubriannah. - Posted by: The Brisson Family (Friends & Colleagues) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Thank you Ken for opening my eyes at an early age to the world of Policing. You will be missed. - Posted by: Matt Freeman (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • I worked with Ken in Nanaimo. He was a kind caring police officer and more importantly dedicated to his family. This was proven when his mom got ill and he made the decision to leave the RCMP and move home to be close to his mom. I would like to acknowledge the family for sharing Ken's battle with PTSD and hope it helps others. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sincerely Sheryl Armstrong - Posted by: Sheryl Armstrong (co-worker ) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • A good man. I remember a time when we were pursuing a stolen vehicle, back when the RCMP was not as risk adverse as now. Ken came to back us up and somehow in his PSD truck he became the lead vehicle, which isn't exactly the recommended method. He was one of the first to the vehicle and assisting in arresting the suspects. Having worked with several PSD members, Ken stood out among the police service dog program in a unit that has many outstanding members. You always felt confident when you knew Ken was coming to back you up whatever the situation. - Posted by: JP Tremblay (work) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Rest in peace Ken. You'll be missed. May God watch over your family and restore peace in their hearts. - Posted by: Mitchell Parker (Colleague) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My veteran Victoria police officer husband committed suicide in Jan of 2005. Words cannot express the sympathy and empathy I have for this great officer's family and friends. May he rest in peace forever...'Go rest high on this mountain; Son your work on earth is done'....I know your pain, my girls know your children's pain, you are not alone. Prayers to you and yours... - Posted by: Kelly (none) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Dear Shari, Kelly Sam, Barker siblings and extended family. My sincere condolences to you all. A bright light went out far too early. I will always have fond memories of the times me and Ken had together. May you find peace in the celebration of Ken's life - Posted by: Bentley Livingstone (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • I worked with Ken on the D division tactical troop. He had a kind heart and a gentle soul. Ken was always happy and up beat and a pleasure to be around. My condolenses go to his family and friends... - Posted by: Amanda (friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • My dear friend and work-mate, my heart is aching and I will miss your kind smile, quick wit and fun-loving spirit. I am so sorry that you had to suffer and could not find your solace here on earth. You were an awesome police officer, great friend to all, non-judgemental, caring and would do anything for anyone, anytime. I will miss you and all the talks we had. Your memory will live on in your family and the legacy you leave behind. Melanie - Posted by: Melanie McGill (Co-worker, friend) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Shari & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Carolee & Barry Senft & family - Posted by: Carolee Senft () on: Jul 16, 2014

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