BARNHILL, Al “Barney”

Posted: August 18th, 2022


With sadness, we celebrate the recent passing of AL “BARNEY” BARNHILL.

Much could be said, in brief:

With him passes a great light of love for friends, family, sport, art, music, theatre, environmental protection, education, justice, community, peace, travel, inquiry, research, politics, and debate. These guided him through an adventure of life, starting in humble hard times in Wetaskiwin in 1938, born to loving parents Alice & Alexander “Alec” with sister Alice Jean.

Success followed his diligence and perseverance through studies in business administration up to Ph.D., university teaching career, independent small business and management consulting business.

Family life flourished for Al, falling in love with his wife Suzanne “Sue” Olsen followed by daughter Ann Marie and son John, and later his second marriage to Gretchen Mason in 1989.

Often filled with humour and light, trying to improve the situations he encountered. He leaves us peacefully, with gratitude and appreciation to friends, colleagues, and numerous loved ones. Please remember his kindness towards others, his work to benefit education, equality, peace, environment, community, and justice. Please send kind wishes and prayers for his onward journey.

Al requests donations to a meaningful cause of your choice, in lieu of flowers or gifts.

A private service has been held.

In his own words, “He did his best, now it’s time to rest.”


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