Cecil J. Barnard

Long time Maple Ridge resident Cec Barnard passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Ridge Meadows Hospital at the age of 93. He was predeceased by his wife Una in 1988, brothers Albert and Norman and sisters Lillian and Mildred. He is survived by his son and wife.

Cec joined the BCFP Hammond division fire department in 1948 and served as Deputy Fire Chief at Hammond Cedar until 1960. He later accepted the job as Fire Chief at BCFP Youbou before transferring back to Hammond as Fire Chief in 1967 where he finished the balance of his distinguished 32 year career, retiring in 1982. Cec received a Fire Engineering Degree from the prestigious British (UK) fire service in 1965 graduating with honors. During his tenure as Fire Chief the Hammond and Youbou fire departments’ earned numerous awards and accolades as BCFP earned the reputation of establishing precedent setting Industrial sawmill fire protection standards. The National Fire Protection Association recognized the Hammond division as having one of the top five plant fire departments in North America. Cec was a member of the BC Fire Chiefs’ Association and served as president of the Fraser Valley Fire Fighters’ Association for 3 years.

Cec was a long standing Maple Ridge Legion member and will be sadly missed by his many friends. Heartfelt gratitude to his good friend Jim who assisted Cec the past few years enabling him to maintain an independent lifestyle at home. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Chapman for his many years of devoted care and concern which far exceeded his professional responsibilities.
There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers donations to Cec’s favorite charity (The War Amps) would be appreciated.

Expressions of sympathy can be made below.

Contact Information:

Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929 Email: info@gardenhill.ca

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  1. Lance
    Sad to hear of Cec’s passing .I’ll cherish the memories of the two of you at SFD functions and the special relationship you had. I enjoyed the stories that were told and laughter they produced. He will be missed. My condolences. Woody and family

  2. Ed & Linda Wells

    I always enjoyed Cecs’ easy smile and calm demeanour.
    He was very proud of Barnys’ accomplishments.

    Condolences to Lance and Joanie

  3. Frank & Patti Thiessen

    enjoyed all of Cec’s stories in our early years of SFD sports. Cec attended most of our Hockey and Slowpitch games; always our biggest supporter. Loved to sit and reminice old fire stories and early days in Youbou. Great memories of Lance and his best college buddy Larry.
    Cec will be missed by all of the “OLD” SFD firefighters.

    Sorry for your loss: Frank & Patti

  4. Lance, sorry to hear about your Dads passing but Jesus, 93!! That’s definitely a full life that’s for sure! I only meet your dad on a few occasions but he had a engagingly personality, kinda like you! I did see your respect for him and in return how proud he was of you!
    I know that it’s still a difficult time and wish you & Joanie all my best.

  5. Brian and Judy Livingstone

    Hey Lance and Joan,
    So sorry to hear that Cec passed away. We both have so many good memories of him. It was good to reminisce about him when we were on the fishing trip.
    Take care,
    Brian and Judy

  6. Ruth Griffin (junior)

    Dear Lance
    I know how sad you must feel having lost your dad. Mine passed away a year before yours. He always made me feel special and was responsible for a lot of wonderful memories!

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