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Barbara Brown Roger (nee Paterson)

Posted By Egan Funeral Home On April 29, 2017 @ 10:57 am In Bolton Area,Obituaries | 57 Comments

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Barbara Brown Roger (nee Paterson) on Sunday April 23, 2017. Loving mum of Mark (Janice) and Gaynor (Mike); treasured Gran of Rachel, Paul, Finnan and Leif; cherished friend of many; talented knitter; avid cross-border shopper; lover of travel; and passionate long time volunteer of Skate Canada – Central Ontario.

Barbara was always on the go from dawn to dusk, and lived life to the fullest. Strong, generous, loyal, compassionate, energetic and hard working, she had a smile for everyone and took great joy in each and every one of her friendships, near and far, old and new. Although born an only child in Glasgow, Scotland, Barbara passed away leaving an enormous wealth of friends who became part of her extended family, and who now miss her deeply.

We invite those whose lives Barbara has touched, to a memorial gathering to celebrate Barbara’s life at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S (Hwy 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Friday May 5, 2017 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Cremation will take place prior to Friday. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada in memory of Barbara and her lifelong love of bringing smiles to young faces.  The following is a link to the charity:

Letters of condolence, shared stories and photographs are welcome and may be sent to www.EganFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Barbara Brown Roger (nee Paterson)”

Condolence from Marian Spence on April 29th, 2017 11:58 am

At every skating event Barbara was the the face of calm, always with a smile, supportive and helpful. She will be missed. My sympathy to the family. Take care.

Condolence from Charlene Vlodarchyk on April 29th, 2017 6:04 pm

I am sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I worked at Chrysler Canada in Windsor around 1964 when I first met Barbara, before she was married We worked together for some time before I left Chryslers. Since then we have been in touch mostly by Christmas Cards, and then by email and on facebook. My daughter still has the Barbie Doll clothes that Barbara knitted for in at that time. I will miss her emails and hearing about her skating events.
Charlene Vlodarchyk, Leamington ON.

Condolence from Sandra Clumpus on April 29th, 2017 6:33 pm

So sorry to read of Barbara’s sudden passing. She and I had a lively conversation just a week or so ago. My very deep condolences to all.

Sandra Clumpus

Condolence from Katrina on April 29th, 2017 6:39 pm

So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. Only saw her weeks ago going to another skating event at the Cassie Campell arena. Such a great long time volunteer.

Katrina Litwin
Toni Litwin

Condolence from The Tooleys on April 29th, 2017 8:01 pm

Mrs. Roger always had a smile for myself, my children and my parents. She was an amazing friend to both my mom and dad, they will greatly miss the dinners and her company. She means a great deal to them and her passing is a great loss for them. Your mum was loved by all. Sorry for your loss Mark and Gaynor. Sending lots of love,
Fred, Diane, Ken and Kim Tooley

Condolence from Elizabeth Goddard on April 29th, 2017 8:32 pm

Barb was an amazing person and wonderful ambassador for Skate Canada. She helped me and our club for years with her calm demeanor and wise words. Always available and willing to do anything to help others. Hard to imagine COS without Barb. She will be greatly missed and is gone too soon.

Condolence from Krista Podmenik on April 29th, 2017 8:36 pm

Sorry to hear of Barbs passing. She was the first person Leslie and I me at the Tottenham Figure skating Club
Condolences to her family

Condolence from Rémi Gibara on April 29th, 2017 8:49 pm

What a good time i spent watching our skaters and joking with her during the partice and competition. Always smiling and cheerful. So nice she was. I offer my kind expression of sympathy to all of you and her family.

Team leader Québec section

Condolence from Main à Capistran on April 29th, 2017 8:56 pm

Sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She always had the smile. I will miss her standing rink side as team leader during Skate Canada events. Such a geat LADY. I will stand rink side thinking of her. Marina Québec team leader.

Condolence from Tina Hegner Boyce on April 29th, 2017 8:58 pm

I’ve just heard the very sad news of Barbara Rogers passing.

I just saw her at The Fun Competition in Thornhill.
Oh boy, my heart is breaking.
She was such a wonderful and lovely lady. Sweet, kind and always with a smile on her face.

This is a very sad day for so many skaters and coaches alike.
A huge loss to COS Skate Canada.
She was a true lady, with so much knowledge and passion for figure skating.

My deepest condolences goes out to Barbara’s family and loved ones.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Barbara, you’ll be missed dearly by countless of people.
Thank you for everything.
God bless you.
Rest in peace.
Your friend Tina Hegner Boyce

Condolence from Kim Calder on April 29th, 2017 8:59 pm

My deepest condolences to Barb’s family. I enjoyed Team leading with Barb at several events. She will be missed tremendously in the skating world.

Condolence from Mary Ellen McDonald on April 29th, 2017 9:32 pm

Barbara ‘s sense of humour and energy will be missed by her skating family. Condolences to her family

Condolence from natasha purich on April 29th, 2017 9:38 pm

So sorry to hear of Barbara’s sudden passing. She will be missed by all Skate Canada figure skaters. She was so friendly even to those of us who were skaters from other provinces. She always gave a smile or hug or word of encouragement when it was needed and made me feel like she really knew how much skating meant to all of us. She was truly inspiring in her joy for life and will be missed . Thank you for sharing your mom with us. Sincerely Natasha Purich

Condolence from Dmitre Razgulajevs on April 29th, 2017 9:51 pm

Sorry to hear the passing of the amazing woman Barbra. I met Barbra at my first COS skating competition when I was about 8 years old! Ever since then Barb has been helping me, cheering for me, being a friend, and an insperation. Even when I represented other sections she still supported me and treated me with nothing but respect and kindess. Thank you for everything Barb.
Rest in Peace Barbara I’ll miss you.

Condolence from Jacqueline (Jay) Ritter on April 29th, 2017 9:53 pm

Our sincere condolences to Barbara’s family and friends. We will always remember her kindness, her hard work and for her always being there for us in the skating world. Ritter Family.

Condolence from Karen Preston on April 29th, 2017 10:34 pm

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Barb’s family. I have no words to express the sorrow we feel. Her extended “skating family” will dearly miss her. Barb was an amazing lady in so many ways. I will miss our chats in the team room. Thornhill Summer Skate will NOT be the same. May our memories of her give us all comfort at this time.

Condolence from Hélène D’Amour on April 29th, 2017 11:08 pm

I would like to offer my sincere sympathies to Barbara family. For several years, we were both accompanying for our respective sections. She was always smiling and ready to help. Even if we only saw each other a few times a year, I appreciated it.

Sincere sympathies!

Hélène D’Amour
Team leader figure skating team Québec

Hélène D’Amour, team leader Québec

Condolence from Phyllis Gray on April 30th, 2017 2:10 am

Was saddened deeply of the passing of such a wonderful Lady. Met Barbara when I was also a volunteer for Skate Canada. Barbara was always there with Grace and a huge big Heart ❤️ she loved everybody she met and will be missed. If I can say one thing about Barbara you never saw her without a huge smile and her eyes would say it all. We will miss her deeply.

When we consider the lives of people who Serve unselfishly, we can see Barbara. She gave every thing she had to others and enjoyed the pleasure it gave back to her in return. She cultivated an Attitude of Happiness and a Spirit of Optimism.

Condolence from Dr & Mrs Wm Fedosoff on April 30th, 2017 7:33 am

Barb was such a warm compassionate person, especially towards all the skating
competitors. She will be sadly misses…. Love & Prayers to the family . RIP Barbara..

Bill & Isobel Fedosoff.

Condolence from Larouche Claudette on April 30th, 2017 7:44 am

Je tiens à offrir toutes mes condoléances à la famille de Barbara. Ca été toute une surprise d’apprendre cette nouvelle. Je l’ai rencontré comme Team Leader lors de nombreuses compétitions et elle était toujours de bonne humeur, enjouée, disponible et elle avait toujours le bon mot pour nous faire rire. On va s’ennuyer beaucoup d’elle lors des prochaines compétitions. Au revoir Barbara!

Claudette Larouche

Condolence from Catherine Collings on April 30th, 2017 10:15 am

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Mark and Gaynor . Barb was a wonderful lady. She will be dearly missed by all.

Condolence from Mark Psutka on April 30th, 2017 11:19 am

My condolences to the family on Barb’s recent passing. It was an honour and privilege to have worked with Barb over the years on many events with Skate Canada. Her infectious smile and honest friendship
will always be remembered. Although I am sad at her passing, I am joyful with the good memories we shared.

Sincerely………..Mark Psutka

Condolence from Gail Weber on April 30th, 2017 11:48 am

She will be missed by all the Team Managers across the country as her humour and friendship added that little extra to these events.

Condolence from Valerie Calver on April 30th, 2017 12:38 pm

My deepest sympathy to Barbara and her family. We are saddened by this loss. Barb was a selfless volunteer who gave so much of her time and service to Skate Canada and our skaters. I had the privilege of knowing Barb and admired her spirit and dedication.

On behalf of myself and the Forest Hill Figure Skating community she will be remembered and missed

Condolence from Audrey Beuglet on April 30th, 2017 2:03 pm

My sympathy to Barb’s family. I am in shock A good friend to many in the skating world ..She will be greatly missed .

Condolence from Joanne Shaw on April 30th, 2017 4:01 pm

My deepest sympathy to Barb’s family. She was a very dedicated volunteer and a friend and supporter to all of us. I am sad about her passing but will always remember the wonderful chats and the laughter we had together.

Joanne Shaw

Condolence from Vladimir Tchernov on April 30th, 2017 7:19 pm

Thank you, Barbara, You made a difference.

Vladimir, Pavel and Vlad.

Condolence from Lynda (Taylor)Thompson on April 30th, 2017 11:39 pm

Gaynor, I met your mom when you skated in Richmond Hill, many years ago. She always had a ball of wool under her arm and was knitting a skating sweater for someone. Barb and I always spoke, each time we saw each other whether we were volunteering at an event or she was team leading or I was coaching. The last time we spoke was in Port Colborne at Skate Ontario Championships. I will always have fond memories of your Mother. She was a wonderful lady.

Condolence from Michael Koshilka on May 1st, 2017 9:42 am

Beautiful lady!! Can’t imagine a skating competition without her. My thoughts are with her family. Soooo sad

Condolence from Brenda & Julia Ferreira on May 1st, 2017 10:08 am

My heart and thoughts go out to you and your family. Your mom will be dearly missed by everyone.

Barb was always the go to person when you had a problem or needed some advise. The skaters loved her when she would take their jackets or guards at a competition. She always had a smile on her face. I will truly miss her advise and our long conversations about skating.

My daughter and I just saw Barb at Port Colborne, All Ontario’s. I can’t believe she won’t be at the next competition that we attend, with her winning smile and friendly encouragement.

Gold Bless.

Condolence from Nicole Cousineau on May 1st, 2017 10:13 am

My deepest sympathies to her family. Although I only knew Barb for a few years we had so much fun as team managers for our respective sections. Her energy and her sense of humour were infectious. She will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Margo Cooke on May 1st, 2017 2:45 pm

Barb was just an ageless type of gal. She made long hours enjoyable and fun for everyone! Barb was part of the fabulous group of skating fans that went to the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December 2014. I spent a lot of time with Barb on that trip and did we have a blast. Susanne, Clare, Barb and I covered lots of ground. Dipped our toes in the Mediterranean Sea, cable car up the mountain for drinks on the outdoor patio and real cappuccino in the the bustling downtown. But it was Barb whacking a pick pocket on the train with her purse that causes me to smile each time I think about it or talk about it. She made everyone smile and I believe that was her most valuable gift to all of us. While I will be unable to attend on Friday as I live in Windsor now, I will be thinking about her Friday and of course many times more!

Condolence from Stacy Farmer on May 1st, 2017 3:30 pm

So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. I remember her well, always smiling during skating test days and competitions. Thanks for all you did Barb!

Condolence from Sheri Gilmour on May 1st, 2017 3:47 pm

To Barb’s family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this sad time.

Barb touched the lives of our family in so many ways and so many times over the last 20+ years but I am fortunate to have been the recipient of her wonderful wisdom and guidance as we amalgamated the Brampton skating community. As we continued on she was always there with a smile, wonderful words of encouragement and her wonderfully optimistic attitude. She will be missed by more than you can know. She has touched the lives of thousands.

Sheri, Dave, JD and Katie Gilmour

Condolence from Ian Bissett on May 1st, 2017 4:49 pm

It was so sad to receive an e-mail from Gaynor informing our family of Barbaras death, and in particular the speed and timing. I think I’ve known Barbara for about 55 years, because she babysat my Brother, Sisters and myself when we lived in Johnstone Castle.
Barbara kept in touch with each of our family over the years, shared photos and Xmas cards, which she used to keep us up to speed with her exploits and travels with ice skating. During her UK visits Barbara always made a point of visiting Mum, who took great comfort in being remembered after all these years.
We will always have fond memories of a warm and caring family friend.
Ian Bissett, Pencaitland, Scotland.

Condolence from Roy & Sue Bradshaw on May 1st, 2017 5:20 pm

Skating has lost a great ambassador and there will be a huge void in the COS family for many years to come. We will miss you! RIP Barbara.

Roy, Sue & Mark Bradshaw

Condolence from Jake Brunott on May 1st, 2017 5:27 pm

Obviously the most loved person in the skating world and beyond. Let us carry on that love and joy in her honour.

Condolence from Lisa Forsyth on May 1st, 2017 9:57 pm

My mom and I were so sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. We got to know her during the days when Gaynor and I skated at the Tottenham Figure Skating Club. She was such a wonderful lady with a welcoming smile. She did so much for the skating community and will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences Gaynor and family.

Lisa & Letty Forsyth

Condolence from Kenny Gillespie on May 2nd, 2017 8:55 am

Shocked to hear of the passing of my cousin Barbara. Will miss receiving the first Xmas card of every year and have fond memories of her visits to Fort William with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Tommy (her mum and dad ) and playing on the riverbank in Glen Nevis ( we were much younger then !). Condolences to Mark and Gaynor and their families and to all those who were close to her. Much love from Kenneth and Linda xx

Condolence from Cheryl Robb and Family on May 2nd, 2017 11:55 am

So sorry to hear of your treasured Mom’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

Cheryl Robb

Condolence from Katalin Schultz on May 2nd, 2017 3:06 pm

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Barb’s family. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. she will be greatly missed at the skating events. Barb was a really amazing lady in so many ways. Skating events will not be the same without her presence. She always had a smile and a kind word to say to people around her. Thank you for your time to make sure that all skating events (test days/ competition days) our children participated in, you were there to make sure, that they got on the ice on time.

The Schultz family

Condolence from Frances Baldesarra on May 2nd, 2017 4:08 pm

My sincerest condolences to Barb’s family and the whole skating community. Barb’s knowledge, commitment and passion for our sport will be sorely missed. I will fondly remember her jovial spirit and candid words of wisdom.

Rest in Peace

Condolence from The Seymour Family on May 2nd, 2017 7:53 pm

We wish to express our sincere condolences to Barb’s family, friends, and COS. Barb was a constant, and reassuring presence at skating events and competitions nation-wide. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by skaters, coaches and parents. Thank you, Barb, for your dedicated and passionate service to the Sport. God Bless.

Brenda, George, and Danny Seymour

Condolence from Paula Dermott (Mclean) on May 3rd, 2017 8:11 am

Barb and her family lived across the road from my family. My brother Dan and I went to school with Jay nor and Mark. My mom Luella and Barb were on the Tottenham and District Figure Skating Club for many years. Barb was like my second Mom in many ways. After I stopped skating I was thrilled to hear Barb had joined the COS team and even more thrilled to see her at COS meetings when I started to volunteer with the Newmarket skating club as my dgtr started her skating career. She was a very special person to so many people.
My family’s prayers are with you both Gaynor & Mark during this time and please feel our love.

Condolence from Monique Bujold on May 3rd, 2017 9:07 am

A woman I was honored to meet and share my passion of skating and tennis with. Every time Roger Federer wins, I will think of you! Thanks for the laughs at rinkside and for showing me what being a true volunteer is. In my mind, your name will always be attached to the Skate Canada title. You will be forever remembered my friend:)

Big hugs ((((())))) from an honored friend,

Monique Bujold

Condolence from Marilyn Kamstra on May 3rd, 2017 7:58 pm

Sending our Sincere Regrets Gaynor,remembering all the great times we had at Tottenham arena and ,Nobleton in the summer and travelling everywhere for the skating competitions.Your Mom was so dedicated in everything she did. The skating world has lost a Gem, as have you! Love from Marilyn, Kelly, SANDRA,and Julie (Law) Kamstra. ❤️

Condolence from Cathy Copeland on May 4th, 2017 11:20 am

The sheer miles Barb accumulated in her running shoes at each and every skating competition would put us all to shame. Such a kind soul who was a privilege to have known. Our sincerest condolences to Barb’s family and friends.

Cathy and Dale Copeland

Condolence from Cathie Tonkin on May 4th, 2017 12:54 pm

I will miss Barb’s smile at future competitions, she made a long day seem suddenly very short. It was an honour to have known her. With deepest sympathy to her family and friends,

Cathie Tonkin

Condolence from Ann and Bob Shaw on May 4th, 2017 6:40 pm

Bob and I are devastated to hear of the passing of Barb! We first worked with her on “Skate the Dream”, a fundraising for Aids in memory of Rob McCall. She has always been the ultimate volunteer – incredibly capable and effective, while always keeping in the background with her quiet demeanour. How sad to think we will not see her at events where her quiet presence always shone. We are so sorry to have to miss the celebration of her life as we will be away.
Bob and Ann Shaw with deepest sympathy to her family

Condolence from Jason Lloyd on May 5th, 2017 11:06 am

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Take good care of each other
Jason Lloyd

Condolence from Nora Hollands on May 5th, 2017 11:34 am

My deepest sympathy to Barbara’s family. Barbara was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. Skate Canada has lost an amazing volunteer and competitions will not be the same without her. She ran around continuously at every competition and always with a huge smile. She was so generous with her time. I had the pleasure of working closely with her when I was a COS Rep many years ago. I will never forget the great conversations we had each and every time I saw her.

Condolence from Debbie Shaw on May 5th, 2017 12:42 pm

Heartfelt Condolences to Barbara’s Family and Friends.
Also to those at the COS Office who spent a lot of time with her for many years.
I Enjoyed many memorable Skating Memories with Barbara over the years.
She will be sadly missed by many who knew her as a Wonderful Lady and Dedicated Volunteer.
I will miss ALL that she has done for our Northwest Area in a Positive manner, her Infectious Smile, Laughter and best of all….. I Loved Her Accent! Reminded me of my Dad, as he was also from Glasgow.
My thoughts are with You all Today !

Condolence from Lisa Grislis on May 5th, 2017 1:45 pm

Gaynor – I haven’t seen your Mum in a while, but we always picked up where we left off. She always remembered my kids’ names, always asked after my brother and Mum, and always made me laugh with a sparkle in her eye.

Thank you Mrs. Roger for an unlimited supply of all the vital things you supplied in University (chocolate, chief among them), for opening up your home to a girl far away from hers, and most of all for raising up such a lovely daughter who will continue your legacy of community involvement and devotion to family.

XO Lisa

Condolence from Gerlinde Balbinot on May 5th, 2017 4:07 pm

I was saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. I will miss her smiling face and friendly conversations at church. Barb was an amazing, kind, and helpful person, always willing to help others and very generous with her time. When I was a skating representative with the WFSC she always made time for my many questions and offered me advice, encouragement and support, not to mention a few laughs. I will miss her friendship and will remember her with fondness.
Heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
Gerlinde Balbinot

Condolence from Floriana Stirpe on May 5th, 2017 9:37 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my sweet Barbara. I enjoyed working beside her at the Montessori School, we had so many memories together. Will miss you so much.. Barbara was beautiful inside and out and I will never forget her. ❤️

Condolence from Valerie on May 10th, 2017 2:24 pm

I had just met Barbara in March and was struck by her up beat and positive personality. The next time we met, she talked about her many passions including her love for travel and her planned cruise of the Panama canal. I wish I had had more time to get to know her better. She will be missed by all those who have been touched by her kindness. Rest in Peace Barbara.

Condolence from Judy Hilliard on May 10th, 2017 5:06 pm

I had the pleasure of working with barb at the Montessori school in Nobleton!!!
From 2000-2004 she was always happy and never said no to coming in when I called at 7am.
She will be missed very much!
My thoughts are with you at your time of need

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