LtCol Francis “Frank” Barr (Ret’d)

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    We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Francis “Frank” Barr (Ret’d) peacefully on 9 August 2000 at the age of 81. 

    Frank graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville NS in 1940 and joined the Canadian Army.  He was a member of the first officer class taking their basic training at A6 Canadian Engineer Training Centre at Dundurn SK.  Upon completion of his training, he embarked for England and was initially assigned to the Canadian Engineer Replacement Unit.

     Following the Normandy invasion, Frank was a Troop Commander in 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Engineers and was involved in major projects including the reconstruction of the Carpiquet airfield and the large Bailey Bridge constructions at Caen, France.

    After demobilisation, Frank completed his Masters Degree.  He was given command of 2 Field Squadron in Chilliwack in 1957 and then became Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General at 1 Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters.  Frank spent most of the remainder of his career at Army Headquarters in Ottawa in the area of facilities and base development planning.  He was a member of the Emergency Government Headquarters bunker “Diefenbunker” design team.   On retirement from the Army, Frank took employment with the Public Service Commission.  He is a member of the Acadia University Sports Hall of Fame for Basketball and Football.

    Visitations will be at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Avenue, Ottawa on 11 August with the funeral taking place on the following day at St. Richards’s Anglican Church, 8 Withrow Avenue, Nepean ON followed by cremation.  Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. {gdMar2016kh}