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Remembering Joe Barr

Remembering Joe Barr

10thFebruary 1933 – 18thDecember 2019

Joe was born on 10th February 1933 in Driffield, East Yorkshire to his father Ken, a physician, surgeon and local G.P. and his mother Dorothy, a nurse and midwife. We can only imagine what life was like for Joe and his younger brother John growing up in this time in history, but we do know that after attending primary school in Driffield he moved to Wycliffe College, in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire but for some of Joe’s time there he was moved to Lampeter, Ceredigion in rural Wales as a retreat from the German bombing campaigns of the Second World War.

Joe worked for ICI Fibres, first as a stores clerk in Doncaster before being transferred to the Purchasing Department in Harrogate.  Latterly, he took up a position in Stock Audit at Penkridge.

Although employed in administrative posts, he was a keen and sometimes intrepid traveller, spending almost all of his holidays abroad, visiting four continents and in excess of forty countries.

He visited Russia and many eastern European countries before the fall of the Iron Curtain and travelled across Rajasthan in India by steam train.

Indeed, for much of this journeying he used trains and was well-known as a rail enthusiast – an interest that began in childhood and endured throughout his life.  He would use the railways whenever possible and travelled many miles behind the Flying Scotsman.  

Joe had a lifelong interest in music and was for many years a clarinet player in a local Territorial Band.

He was always a regular churchgoer, for many years at West Park United Reformed Church and more latterly here at Bilton Grange.

Joe seemed to find contentment in life and so when he was called home by God on 18thDecember, he died in the knowledge that he was loved and in the surety that he would meet his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Rise in glory Joe and rest in eternal peace.

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