BARHAM, Bernard Olney
Bob, as he was known to his family and friends, passed away on the 17th of February in the Vancouver General Hospital from complications due to a stroke. He was born in 1926 in East London within the sounds of the bells of Bow Church. Though in his later years, he was the owner and proprietor of Complete Sharpening Service, he had been an engineer for more than 30 years before buying the sharpening shop. Bob was involved with the 1967 World Exhibition in which he was both General Transportation Manager, and Project Manager for the Expo Express, the first fully automated rapid transit system in North America. Driverless trains were such a novel concept in 1967, that fake drivers were put on the trains in order to make the 60 million passengers who used the system during the World’s Fair feel less uneasy about riding on them. Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 55 years, his three sons, Andrew (Suzanne), Richard, and Rodney (Mimi), and by his two grandchildren, Thomas and Tasha.
An informal wake for Bob will be held on the 28th of February in Vancouver, please call or email for address: 604-254-2120
No flowers please, but donations to
charity are welcome.