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Michael Henry Barkley

November 20, 1952 - November 10, 2023

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In loving memory of Mike Barkley, a man whose zest for life was as boundless as the landscapes he explored.  Our dear friend, adventurer and loving husband, has embarked on his final journey.  For four decades, he navigated the waters around Vancouver Island, finding solace in the Broken Group Islands and the warmth of the Hot Springs Cove.  His love for Okanagan Lake mirrored his passion for skiing at Apex Resort and venturing into the backcountry.  Mike embraced the great outdoors, from hiking to biking, e biking to dirt biking.  His skilled hands restored cars and mended whatever needed fixing, always ready to lend a hand to friends in need.  Early retirement granted him the gift of time, and he revealed in every moment, particularly during camping trips where he could be found tending to the fire, poking it with a stick, a metaphor for the warmth he brought to those around him.

Suddenly, on November 9th, 2023, at the age of 70, he left us with  cherished memories. For 40 wonderful years, Mike shared his adventures and heart with the love of his life, Brenda. Their journey, like his favorite trails, was filled with joy, challenges, and unwavering companionship.  Mike is survived by his adoring wife, Brenda,  his brother Terry, and his wife Leah. His sister Kelly, and her husband Andy.  He is pre-deceased by his parents Barbara and Murray Barkley.  In the wake of his passing, the warmth of his spirit will be dearly missed by his family and friends alike.  May he find eternal peace in the vast landscapes he so deeply loved.  A celebration of his vibrant life will be announced at a later date.

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From: Kettle Valley Memorial Services

The Kettle Valley Memorial staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Dodie Kyllonen

My heart is with you Brenda. I am so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort, peace and a cradle of love.

From: Bob & Sue Harvey
Relation: Skiing buddy!

Brenda and the rest of us have lost one of our best skiing buddies. I can’t recall the numerous good times that we had, and more importantly the multiple and never ending laughs that Mike provided to all of us. Our thoughts are with Brenda at this very sad moment in time.

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