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Obituary for Wilbert Parr

Wilbert Parr
Wilbert Francis Parr
1935 - 2017

Wilbert Francis Parr, a farmer/rancher and life-long resident of Groundbirch, BC, passed away on October 6, 2017 at the age of 81 at the Peace Villa Care Facility in Fort St. John.

Bert is survived by his sister Eileen Dunbar (Parr) and brothers Stan and Tom Parr. He is predeceased by his father Frank Parr and mother Edna Parr (Warren).

Bert was born in Dawson Creek on December 17, 1935 to Frank and Edna Parr. He graduated from a small rural school in Groundbirch after going to grade 8. Bert immediately began working out in the bush to supplement the farm income. He worked in a local sawmill for Grant Brothers while keeping up with seasonal farming activities. Bert was an avid sports fan and began playing baseball as young man on the local Groundbirch Giants baseball team with his brother Stan and brother in-law Darwin. Later in life he enjoyed following baseball and hockey when he first “got the satellite TV”.

Bert was a devoted son and an avid farmer. He enjoyed living with and working on the ranch with his sister’s family and actively looked forward to the different seasonal activities with his brother-in-law Darwin Dunbar and his nephews Don, Darren, and Denton. Bert actively worked the land into his 70s until a series of debilitating strokes, at which time he moved into Peace Villa in Fort St. John. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

A private family service is to be scheduled at a future date. Expressions of sympathy in Bert’s memory may be made by donation to the Groundbirch Historical Society, Box 193, Groundbirch, BC, V0C 1T0.
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