BARBER, Roland

Posted: September 8th, 2021

Roland Joseph Barber

Staff Sergeant (Ret’d)

Roland passed away in St. Michael’s Palliative Care on September 3, 2021, at the age of 83.

Left to mourn him are his wife of 60 years, Gloria (Landers), son Braum with his wife Mary Matsushita, daughter Leah and grandchildren Quinn Barber, Raene Barber (Jay) and Kylar Marriott (Brianna).

Roland was born in Weyburn, Sask. August 17, 1938 to Wilbur and Helen Barber. He joined the RCMP in 1958 and served in Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam in B.C.; then at Headquarters Ottawa; RCMP Training Depot in Regina; RCMP Senior Training in Ottawa; Pincher Creek Detachment; and Lethbridge Subdivision.

He earned his B.Sc. at Great Falls University in Montana and taught in the Criminal Justice Program at Lethbridge College.

Roland and Gloria travelled to many parts of the world and throughout Canada and the United States.

Roland was an active member of the RCMP Vets serving in all the executive positions and many committees. He was a member of the National Association of Federal Retirees and the International Police Association. He volunteered for many other organizations.

Roland had a life well lived!

Cremation and burial by Cornerstone Funeral Home. Private family service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (


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2 Condolences for “BARBER, Roland”

  1. Al and Piera Baldwin says:

    Rollie was a man everyone should have had the pleasure to meet and those who did will always remember his kindness and wonderful spirit for life
    May you rest in peace

  2. Thomas Bryant says:

    I just learned of Rollie’s passing and I can see him in my mind’s eye at age 49 as he interviewed me at 29 for the LE program. He was curious, insightful and a tough guy with a heart of gold. Several years later I left Lethbridge about a year and a half after finishing a Bachelor of Science in Montana as he did but I always considered him a mentor and valued the lessons he taught including failing the entire class in Crime Scenes yr 2 semester 1 exam 1. He had our absolute attention from that moment.
    He didn’t speak a lot about his family but I know he was very proud of them all, and took particular pride in a daughter following him into the RCMP. A very good man who you would have wanted at your back in a crisis.

    I will miss him.

    Thomas J. Bryant
    Physicians Insurance
    A subsidiary of the Massachusetts Médical Society

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