Unexpectedly on Thursday, January 1, 2009, at her residence in Fort Frances, Ontario, Barbara Lynn Dawyduk passed away at the age of 50.
Barb was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on January 3, 1958 to Ruth Jacobs and Fred Houlden. She moved with her family to Fort Frances in 1969. She attended Robert Moore School and the Fort Frances High School, graduating in 1976. She received her diploma in Social ServiceWork from Fanshaw College in London, Ontario in 1978. She moved back to Fort Frances after graduation.
Barb met Tom, the love of her life, in the summer of 1980. She supported him in his work at Family and Children’s Services and in his pursuit of his Master’s degree from McMaster University. Th ey returned to Fort Frances after Tom’s graduation in 1983 and were married on November 12, 1983.
Barb was very committed to the development of social services in our District and was involved in the development of Mainstay House, the first shelter for battered women in the District, Red Cross Homemaker Service and the CNIB, amongst other organizations.
Barb is survived by husband Tom, her son Jamie, of Fort Frances, her parents Fred Houlden of Winnipeg, Ruth Jacobs (Larry) of Fort Frances, sister Susan Martin, Fort Frances, nephews Neil Martin (Lisa), Winnipeg, Ian Martin, Fort Frances, sister Kathi and niece Chez-Lyse Cridland, Saskatoon, her mother-in-law Louise Dawyduk, Winnipeg, brothers-in-law Steve, Winnipeg, Bob, Richmond, B.C., John and nephew and niece
Nikolas and Anna, Winnipeg, Richard (Lesly), Winnipeg, and Gary (Eileen) and nephews Ryan and Jarrod, Winnipeg, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends Rodney Godbout, Val Calvert, and Julie Frank and so very many others.
Barb was predeceased by her father-in-law William Dawyduk and sister-in-law Ingrid Dawyduk.
Barb’s passions were interior decorating, craftwork, gardening, yardwork, and being outdoors. Barb loved Rainy Lake and spent summers at her mother’s cabin on Swell Bay. Most recently she was immersed in scrapbooking her many memories.
Barb loved big and lived life to the fullest. She always had a hug available for family and friends. Barb had a spirit that touched everyone she had contact with and will remain a treasured part of us all.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of her life will take place at Green Funeral Home on Friday January 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to the Atikokan Crisis Centre, Box 818, Atikokan, ON, P0T 1C0.
Barb Dawyduk
You can shed tears that I’ve gone
or you can smile because I’ve lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that I’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all I’ve left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see me
or you can be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember me and only that I’ve gone
or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your backor you can do what I’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.