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Reverend Father James Kevin Barker

Passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family, on Thursday January 12th 2017 at St. Patrick's Mercy Home, St. John's; Father Kevin Barker in his 89th year. Father Kevin as he was known, was born and raised in Open Hall, Bonavista Bay.
Passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family, on Thursday January 12th 2017 at St. Patrick's Mercy Home, St. John's; Father Kevin Barker in his 89th year. Father Kevin as he was known, was born and raised in Open Hall, Bonavista Bay. He was predeceased by his parents James and Sarah, brothers Robert, John, Jeremiah and Michael, sister-in-law Lillian, nephews Jerry, Paul and Pius and niece Peggy. Father Kevin left to mourn sisters-in-law Bridget, Alfreda and Anne, twenty nieces and nephews, as well a large number of great and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. Father Kevin celebrated 50 years in the priesthood last year. During that time he served in many parishes in the RC Diocese of Grand Falls, including Grand Falls, Windsor, Fogo Island, Gambo-St. Brendans, Clarenville, Bonavista-Port Union, Northern Bay, Harbour Grace and Gander. On his retirement he stayed in Gander, often assisting at St. Joseph's and other parishes throughout the diocese. For the past two years he resided at St. Patrick's Mercy Home. A special thank you is extended to the staff of the Fourth Floor, St. Patrick's Mercy Home, for their outstanding care and compassion to Father Kevin. Father Kevin rested at Caul's Funeral Home, LeMarchant Road with visitation on Saturday January 14th, then at Sacred Heart RC Church, Open Hall, on Sunday January 15th. Funeral mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday January 16th. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Kevin's memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church maintenance fund.

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