BARKER, Howard “Bear”


BARKER, Howard “Bear” – of Wiarton, peacefully at Brightshores Health System – Wiarton on Sunday February 4, 2024. Howard Bruce Barker at the age of 88 years. Beloved husband to the late former Irene Hutson (2013). Dear father of Ron and Susan Barker, and Dennis and Judy Barker, all of Howdenvale, and Howie and Wendy Barker, of Hope Bay. Cherished grandfather of Rachelle Barker, Nicole Barker, Amanda Fox (Kory Wilkins), Rebecca Fox (Adam Pettengill), Ashley (Dylan Jackson), Shawna Barker, and Wade Barker; and great-grandfather of Cali, Kiki, and Cayden. Brother-in-law of Patricia White, of Goderich. Friend and companion of Jean Campbell, of Wiarton. Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth; brothers, Bob, Nate, and Bud; and sisters, Lucille, Evelyn, and Pauline. Family wish to express their gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff of the Wiarton and Owen Sound hospitals, Care Partners staff, visiting Bruce County Paramedics, and to Tom and Jeff for their exceptional care and compassion. Private family arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Donations to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter, Grey Bruce Animal Shelter, and the R&R Rescue & Resort would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at