Silent Key – Doug Barry – VE7WLF / VE7TP

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doug Barry (VE7WLF / VE7TP).

An outstanding radio amateur, mentor, teacher and colleague, Doug leaves behind a tremendous legacy. For several decades, he has been among the most visible proponents in the development of emergency communications.

barry-dougA long time Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer and dedicated advocate of Emergency Management in British Columbia, Doug was the President of the Delta Amateur Radio Society, and a very active member of the club.

He was also well known in aviation from his distinguished career as an air traffic controller at YVR and continued active involvement in the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and PEP Air.

Doug had a tremendous commitment to his community, and he also shared his time and talents with Vector, the North Delta COPs Office, Operation Red Nose, and volunteered with the Tsawwassen First Nation for their Canoe Journeys. As the Municipal Emergency Radio Communications Coordinator for the Corporation of Delta, Doug played a pivotal role in the development of the Corporation of Delta’s Emergency Radio Communications program. Despite recent health concerns, Doug continued to take on new responsibilities such as working with the BC Government on distracted driving legislation.

Doug was dedicated to the business of supporting people, whether by encouraging new volunteers, training new recruits, or finding new and innovative ways to meet the needs of people impacted by disasters and emergencies. He was thoughtful in his approach, methodical in his delivery, and gentle in his critique. Doug was kind, considerate, and the true measure of a gentleman.

After serving Delta for many years as a valued member of the Emergency Management team, Doug’s unwavering commitment to his community is demonstrated in the legacy that he leaves behind.

Today we lost an amazing volunteer. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. We offer our sympathies to Doug’s wife and family, and share in their grief.

His Celebration on Life will be held at Boundary Bay Airport, 7800 Alpha Way, Delta, on Sunday November 27 at 1400 hours.

The family wishes to express gratitude to all who knew and loved Doug, and for all your kind expressions of sympathy.  If you wish to honour his memory, in lieu of flowers, please consider donations to O.W.L. (, BC SPCA (, Nature Canada (, or volunteer some of your time to a community event or organization.

A complete obituary is available at

Michel Latendresse
Deputy Chief, Emergency Management Division
Delta Fire Rescue & Emergency Services