December 15, 2020
David Hungerford Barrett, 68 of Hosmer, BC passed away on December 15th, 2020.
Born in Wiltshire, England, David was an engineer with a degree from Newcastle University and had 45 years of worldwide experience in manufacturing and contracting. Originally trading as blacksmiths and wheelwrights, David took over his family business Barrett’s of Wroughton, established in 1893, upon his father’s retirement in 1993.
He was a fifth-generation blacksmith, attending the National School of Blacksmithing under Paul Allen, and obtained a certificate of merit from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, an ancient London Guild incorporated in 1325.
Since then, David and Sandra have worked together as a husband-and-wife team. They moved from Britain to Canada under the BC Provincial Nominee Program, building a purpose-built forge in Hosmer and establishing a small blacksmithing enterprise in the Elk Valley.
Fernie Forge opened for business in 2005. David’s engineering skills combined with Sandra’s artistic flair made the perfect partnership
David became a Canadian Citizen in 2013, was past President of the Kootenay Blacksmiths’ Association and an active member of Hosmer Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years.
Predeceased by his mother Mary and father-in-law William.
Survived by his loving wife of 38 years Sandra Barrett, son Henry and daughter Florence. He is also survived by his father Eric Barrett, sister Susan (Simon), brother Mark (Debbie), nieces Rosie and Alice, mother-in-law Ida, sister-in-law Judith (Jim), sister-in-law Gill (George), nephews Harry and Bradley, all still living in England.
The Barrett family has been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of kindness and extraordinarily generous support of the community, who have stepped up in all manner of ways. Heartfelt thanks to everyone.
Donations in David’s memory are greatly appreciated for either Fernie United Church Women or Angel Flight East Kootenay.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com
Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.
Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.
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