Eight Bells, Douglas Barnier

Douglas Barnier

Apr 19, 2021

Douglas Barnier

Boating Ontario has just shared the news of Douglas Barnier passing away peacefully with his family at his side at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the age of 84.

Born in Chatham, Doug Barnier was the son of the late Theodore and Bertha (Thorpe) Barnier. Doug graduated from Ridgetown Agricultural College and continued his education, graduating from Michigan State University. At 23, Doug managed the Ridgetown Branch of St. Clair Grain and Feeds. He later purchased Shute Plumbing and Heating in Ridgetown which he operated until the early 80’s. At that time, Doug and his family became owner/operators of Erieau Marina Ltd., which he continued to be an active part of.

Doug and Dianne (nee Liddy) were married in 1960. Together they raised two sons, Dave Barnier (Michèle) of Chatham and Dan Barnier (Lynn) of Callander. Doug was an avid boater most of his life, even building his own boat, ‘The Barney B’ which he enjoyed cruising to Florida.

If desired, donations can be made in Doug’s memory to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

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