Remembering Barrie

~ July 26th 1942 to November 21st 2010 ~

It is with sadness that we share the news that Barrie Craig Thompson died peacefully at his home with L’Arche in Burnaby on the morning of Sunday, November 21st 2010. Barrie was born with a fragile X syndrome at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, and at a young age was committed to Woodlands and subsequently to Tranquille in Kamloops. Then in late 1984 a miracle happened, Barrie moved into a L’Arche home in Burnaby – to live with respect and friends, and to be near his mother. He had a good 25 years at L’Arche Greater Vancouver where he welcomed many people from his favourite place at the front door.

His family(s) of Gord and Floss Thomson of Langley, and Betty and Ray Ware of Banff are most appreciative of L’Arche’s care and community support of adults with developmental disabilities. And particularly to the staff of Bethel and Creation House, as well as Dr. Silverthorne of Burnaby for their support of Barrie.

Barrie,  our L’Arche welcomer.

In memory of Barrie Thomson, charitable donations may be made to the L’Arche Foundation of Greater Vancouver. 7401 Sussex Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5J 3V6.

We invite you to share your memories of Barrie or condolences as a comment to this post.


About L'Arche Greater Vancouver

L'Arche Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that provides residential care and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. We are located in Burnaby, BC Canada.
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4 Responses to Remembering Barrie

  1. Heather and Peter Menaldo says:

    The first person we both met on our introductions to L’Arche was Barrie. He was a part of our lives in such a meaningful time. When Pete came to visit me from the UK and met Bethel house for the first time, Barrie grabbed his hand and took him to the washroom to brush his teeth (one sign that he liked him). From then on they were bosom buddies as Pete could never say no and Barrie would grab his hand and walk him around the building. Barrie (and Bethel house) were a part of one of the most special moments in our lives- when we got married. These are memories I will treasure for the rest of my life and Barrie will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts go out to Gord and Betty and their families.

  2. Hatsuho Peyton( Nagano) says:

    Barrie was truly an amazing man.
    He always welcomed me at the front door and made me feel at home.
    I don’t know how many souls he had touched over the years and brought healing in so many hearts.
    All of you are in my prayers and thoughts.

    • Thank you for your thoughts Hatsuho. Within a few hours of his passing we gathered in the Big Living Room to share our memories of Barrie. So many people had stories of being welcomed by him.

      My best days at work have been when I got one of his smiles.

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