It is with the heaviest of hearts, that we share the sudden passing of our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and best friend Gerald Penn Barker on Monday October 25, 2021.
Family was everything to Gerry. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 49 years Lynda, his sons Brad, (Vanessa) and David (Courtney), his sister Gayle (Clint), his sister in-laws Irene (John), Elizabeth (Geoff), and his beloved grandchildren Jackson, Bodhi, Bryce and Dawson. He will also be dearly missed by his nieces Janice (Jim), Cheryl, Elyse (Mike and Lochlan) and his nephews Shawn (Nathan), Devan (Tessa and Kezlyn), Corey, Jimmy (Erin and Kaylee), Michael (Catherine and Emma), Jonathan, (Amber and Brynnlee), and Matthew.
As a dedicated teacher and caring Principal, Gerry had an immeasurable impact on so many. Over his 35 years as an educator, Gerry's love of physical education and his belief that everyone can succeed, inspired countless students and colleagues. His deep commitment to learning and inclusivity was unparalleled in his field.
Gerry left a giant footprint that influenced so many people. This was especially evident in his role as a coach and mentor. His tremendous impact will continue to live on through the numerous athletes and coaches he worked with, as well as the North Toronto Basketball Organization he co-founded and helped create. His jovial and infectious spirit will always be remembered through his family and friends. His legacy is one that we are honoured to carry on for him.
As Dad always said, "Teach gently, entertain greatly!"
We love you Gerry
Info: Due to COVID-19 restrictions for the Visitation, visitors will be required to sign in and there may be a wait time. The Funeral Service will take place at St. John's Norway Church located at 470 Woodbine Ave, Toronto, ON M4E 2H6. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the funeral service attendance is limited to invitation only.