Holmes, Barry

September 17, 1948 ~ August 9, 2022

Barry Miles Holmes

September 17, 1948 – August 9, 2022

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Barry Miles Holmes in his 74th year. Predeceased by his father Eugene and mother Ruby.  Survived by his loving wife of 54 years Sheila (nee Henry) and daughters Julie Lockrey (Leland), Tina Campisi (Joe) and Bridget.  Also survived by brothers Tom and Chris.  Proud “Papa” of Emma (Sam), Isabella, Alex and Olivia Campisi. Fondly remembered by the Lockrey and Nielsen families. Well known and highly respected, Dad touched thousands of lives through his dedicated service as a Courtright volunteer firefighter, Mutual Aid member and Lambton College Fire School Instructor. He was patient, kind, loving, understanding and supportive. He taught us that, if you fall get back up and try again; don’t forget to stop and smell the roses and most importantly…don’t blink…life goes faster than you think. Tell me, I’ll forget; Show me, I may remember; Involve me and I will understand. In true firefighter fashion his last words before he left us were “Call 911”. Rest peacefully Dad…You did it your way!

Special thanks to Sarnia EMS, Sarnia Firefighters, Dr. McCreery and Bluewater Health ICU staff for your compassionate care.

At Dad’s request there will be no service.  Cremation to take place.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association (www.lung.ca).



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  1. So very sorry to learn of Barry’s passing. I knew Barry from our Safety Supply days, I worked in Windsor. Have fond memories of Barry during our regional and National sales meetings. Condolences to his family.

  2. My deepest sympathies Bridget and to your family on your loss thinking of you all at this time. Cherish the times and memories and he will always be with you in your heart and is watching over you all.

  3. Heartfelt sympathy to Sheila & Family on the passing of Barry.

    As a former sales colleague of Barry, back in the Safety Supply Canada days, I fondly recall Barry was always smiling, with a twinkle in his eyes and most passionate about his customers. There’s no doubt that he shone brightly when it came to the fire service. For Barry, the fire service was a labour of love! I regret not staying in contact with Barry over the years.

    Rest In Peace My Friend

    God Bless the Holmes Family!

  4. Our sincere condolences Sheila and family in the loss of your husband, father and friend. I worked with Barry at the Lambton College Fire School for many years. He was quiet, kind and extremely reliable. The fire service has lost a remarkable person.

  5. So sad to hear of Barry’s passing.
    Sincere condolences to Sheila and family.
    I had the privilege of working with Barry at the Fire School and think of our time together often.
    Rest in peace Barry

  6. My sincere condolences to all the Holmes family. Barry taught me Lambton College Fire School. He was so well respected and loved. Famous for the never give up attitude. Rest easy my friend.
    Captain Lloyd Churchill (retired)

  7. Julie, Lee, and family.
    Gary and I were very saddened to read of Barry’s passing. He was a very kind and loving man. I’m sure he will be missed dearly.

  8. Sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. I worked with Barry for many years through the fire service and at the Fire School and he was a true class act.
    Sending heartfelt condolences to Sheila and family.

  9. Sheila and family. Was shocked to read of Barry’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Have known Barry since back in the early Safety Supply days before we both were at the Fire School. Barry’s contributions to Lambton County’s fire and safety community were truly immeasurable. He sure will be missed.

  10. Sheila, Bridget and family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband and father.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. To the family of Barry, I wish you the my sincerest condolences. Barry was my instructor back in the 1980’s and later he was my colleague at the Fire School. Barry was top notch, a true friend. He will be missed.

  12. My condolences Sheila, Girls and family. So sorry to hear of Barrys passing 💔
    Big hugs and prayers 🙏

  13. My condolences to the entire Holmes family. I’m so sorry Tina for your loss. It’s so hard losing a parent, especially with a family as close as yours is. I have fond memories of our younger years. Sending blessings to you all for strength. Take care, Cheryl Ployart and Family

  14. Shelia, Julie and Tina, so sorry to read of Barry and Dad’s passing, still always unexpected in life’s journey. So many good memories over the year’s, fireman activities, dances at the “Dome ” , backyard BBQ’s. I know you have lost a large part of your close knit family, Condolences Ben & Donna Leatherdale

  15. My deepest condolences to you and your family Sheila, may you all have peace during this difficult time….I always admired Barry’s wisdom and his dedication to our community!

  16. so sorry to hear of barry’s passing was a great guy had lots of good memories of our times together .

  17. My Condolences to Barry’s family. He was a firefighter through and through. I had known Barry and worked with him for many years through the fire service.. He was a good man and will be missed.