Barrie was born in Vancouver, Canada, on October 16, 1945. He died on March 26th in Olympia, WA.
Barrie came to the U.S. in 1964. He attended Everett Junior College. He was active in football and theatre and graduated from Central Washington College (University) in 1969 with a degree in sociology/psychology. While at Central, he owned and operated a Phillips 66 Station – making him one of the youngest gas station owners in the U.S.
After college Barrie worked for 30 years in both juvenile and adult corrections, starting as a correctional officer at Indian Ridge in Arlington and retiring in 1999 as an associate superintendent at Green Hill in Chehalis. He enjoyed his work and was loved by his coworkers and respected by those in his care.
Barrie was pre-deceased by his parents, Bert and Isobel Maxey, and by his son, Scott, who died suddenly on March 13th.
Barrie is survived by his wife, Katie; his stepson David (Jenn); grandchildren Kyrah, Katie, Chris, Miranda, Tanner, Hailey and MacKenzie; great-grandson, Matthew; his sister Judy (Perry); his brothers, Jack (Paulla) and Bob (Jo-Anne); his former wife, Vicki, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and many family members in the U.S. and Canada. Family was of utmost importance to Barrie as were his friends, especially Lois Foraker, Nancy Brown, Andrea Poolman and the members of the “Grumpy Old Men’s Club.”
Barrie was a man of many accomplishments. He was fun loving and larger than life. He gave advice freely, was never satisfied with mediocrity, expected honesty and took great pleasure in sharing his stories, his adventures and his skills. As an organ donor, the gifts of sight and healing were his final gift. His greatest gift was sharing his life and memories with those who loved him.
A celebration of life will be held later this year.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to “Kyrah’s College Fund” c/o Vicki Maxey, POB 12144, Everett, WA 98201, or your chosen charity.