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Born: Jul 15, 1928

Date of Passing: May 05, 2022

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Barbara passed away gently and peacefully at Golden Links Lodge, Winnipeg, on May 5, 2022. At 93 she had lived a long and very full life.
She was born in Peterborough, England on July 15, 1928. As a young girl during the Second World War, she was one of the Railway Children who were evacuated, along with her younger sister Margaret, to the Lake District of England to avoid the heavy bombings of British industrial cities.
As a young woman, she studied for Occupational Therapy in London and graduated with a degree. After receiving her degree, she began to travel and work around the world with the WHO (World Health Organization). Fairly uncommon for a young woman in the early 1950s.
Among the many places she lived and worked during the 1950s were India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where she worked at a leper colony and throughout Africa ending up in Argentina in 1960. She and her son Martin emigrated from London, England to Winnipeg in February 1964.
Barbara developed the Occupational Therapy program at Children's Hospital and worked there for many years before moving on to become the Head of the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Boniface Hospital for many years, until her retirement.
Retirement didn't mean she stopped working though. For several years she travelled to many Northern Manitoba communities to do assessments of patients.
She was also very involved to the Winnipeg chapter of the Altrusa International service organization and among other duties, co-ordinated their involvement with the toy library program, Toys for Tots. She also often volunteered with the Winnipeg chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to all of her work-related accomplishments and service club duties she was well known and loved by a large group of friends and relatives who treasured her friendship and terrific sense of humour and love of fun. Barbara was really a great friend. She also had a very deep love of all things chocolate and she never met a dog she didn't love.
But not everything was loved, throughout her life she had a deep and abiding dislike of wearing hats. Even during the depths of Winnipeg winters. She also really hated getting her photo taken.
Her love of travel lasted well into her later years and she even took a long trip around China in her 80s. Barbara was also a long-time member of the congregation of All Saints Anglican Church.
Barbara is survived by her sister Margaret, of Alton, England; son Martin and granddaughter Charlotte, both of New York City.
The family sends special thanks to the amazing nurses and staff at Golden Links Lodge who took such great care of her for the last four years and to Barbara's wonderful caregiver, Cindy Lehmann.
Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to a charity very near to her heart, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.
No formal funeral service will be held.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I read of Barb's passing in the Free Press Feb.11.2023 and am reminded of her being a supervising therapist in London (Royal Free Hospital perhaps) for my first placement as a first year O.T. student. Then on coming to Winnipeg much later we crossed paths again in what was the small O.T community of that time. It was good to read of Barb's fine contributions to the profession and the exciting life she enjoyed as she pursued it. My belated condolences to Martin and Barb's family in England, she was a very sweet lady. - Posted by: Roma Maconachie (colleague) on: Feb 16, 2023

  • What a lovely tribute to a remarkable life. I was privileged to have met Sarah's "Auntie" Barbara and very much enjoyed any occasion when I spent time with her. I shall remember her warmth and humour fondly. - Posted by: Christopher Hinves (Friend) on: May 29, 2022

  • Aunty's Bar was a lovely lady and very close to my mum. We look forward to holding a service at her mums graveside to inter some of her ashes with Granny Allan. - Posted by: Debby bridger (Neice ) on: May 18, 2022

  • I was three when Barb and Martin emigrated from England to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. My mother was also an OT, and Barb was a cherished colleague and friend. They were frequent visitors to our home, and Christmas Eve was traditionally spent at their place in River Heights. Martin and I were around the same age and so we really were family friends. Although the contact was lost over the years and after the death of my parents, the memory of the time we spent together is still very vivid. I remember her accompanying my father to come and visit me in Vienna in 1997, seeing it as an opportunity to see a city that she had not yet visited. To Martin and other family, I offer my own family's condolences. She was an exceptional woman. - Posted by: Don Cochrane (Family friend) on: May 14, 2022

  • I remember her from the Children's Hospital or Ellen Douglass, rest in peace, sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Joyce Lancaster (paitent) on: May 14, 2022

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