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Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2016

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RENE GEORGE BARKER "Blue Standing Stone Man" Peacefully on June 5, 2016 at home surrounded by family Rene George Barker passed away at the age of 52 years. Wake services are being held at the Hollow Water Hall, Hollow Water First Nation, MB from Wednesday, June 8 to Saturday, June 11, 2016. Traditional Funeral Service will follow on Saturday, June 11, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held in the Hollow Water Anglican Cemetery. Rene is survived by his wife of 28 years Lorlei; his children, Rene Jr., Ashley (Blair), Dustin, Brett (Alex), Rainey (Carly), Braiden (Tayla) and Lorna; his grandchildren, Jordan, Darian, Cheyanne, Nevaeh, Damien, Hailey Kolby, Delane, Mariah, Sequoia; his father Harvey (Margaret) Bushie; siblings, Allen (Lillian), Vernon (Myrna), Darryl, Rick (Glenis), Ian (Candace), Robyn (Gabriel), Billy and Loretta; aunts and uncles Thelma and Norman Meade, Melvin and Yvonne Barker; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Lorna Barker, his grandparents George and Ida Barker, George and Bella Bushie, numerous aunts and uncles. Rene's passion in life was preserving his traditional Anishinaabe language and culture. He taught at the University of Manitoba and Neechi Makwa School, he led the Traditional Advisory Committee and worked as the coordinator for Land Use Studies for Hollow Water and Black River First Nations. He owned and operated White Owl Language Services. Rene was awarded the 2009 Spirit of the Earth Award for his efforts. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Spirit Road Funeral Services Inc., PO Box 200, Fort Alexander, MB, R0E 0P0, 204-340-6490 or friends may leave a message of sympathy at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 09, 2016

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • It feel just like yesterday I was sitting in your office talking about what's on our minds, not a day goes by that I don't think about you and what it would be like if u were still here. RIP DAD - Posted by: Rainey Barker (Son) on: Jun 19, 2020

  • He was my hero, he taught me right from wrong, wish he could meet his grandson today. I love you daddy - Posted by: Lorna (Daughter) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • It's been a year now but I still miss my Dad. Everyday it seem to get harder but I remember the good times and I smile and cry. He was a great man the best dad anyone could ask for. RIP Ddad I love you and miss you everyday - Posted by: ashley (daughter) on: Sep 21, 2017

  • Rene was a good man..from the Vanasse Family - Posted by: Mary vanasse (Extended family) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • My deepest condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Sabina Ijaz (Friend of the Family) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • Just want to give our condolences to the whole Family from all of us - Posted by: Rick, Lorraine, Clint & Angel (Friend of the Family) on: Jun 09, 2016

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