Silent Key: Doug Barry, VE7WLF / VE7TP


With sadness today we have learned of the passing of Doug Barry, VE7WLF / VE7TP.

Michel Latendresse, Deputy Chief - Emergency Management Division, Delta Fire Rescue & Emergency Services, shared the sad news with the British Columbia emergency management community today:

It’s with profound personal regret that I inform you of Doug Barry’s death. Doug passed away early this morning at Royal Columbia Hospital three days post surgery due to respiratory complications.

Doug was Delta’s Municipal Emergency Radio Coordinator, a long public safety lifeline volunteer with PEP Air and President of the Delta Amateur Radio Society.

After serving many years with Delta Emergency Management, Doug was an accomplished and valued member of our emergency management team, dedicating much of his time helping others.

Doug’s commitment to the community and people of Delta was unwavering and he will truly be missed. He was an inspiration and a great role model to us all. A memorial service is being planned by his family and we will be advised once these details are finalized.

Retired from Air Traffic Control service, Doug gave of his time to the PEP Air-CASARA air search and rescue program, in addition to his years of service to Delta. Doug was also a long time VECTOR member and regular participant in VECTOR’s affairs and activations. Many of our members will fondly remember Doug’s baritone voice from his numerous Celebration of Light duty shifts, often acting in the Station Manager capacity.

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 video presented at his celebration of life is available here on Youtube. A complete obituary is available at

Our thoughts are with Doug’s wife Irene and their family.

Gary M. Webb VA7GMW
VECTOR President

Doug Barry in action with PEP-AIR