Many attempt to put back into the community what they take out. Geoff Barlow was able to achieve that goal, say his colleagues.
Barlow, 73, a three-term Niagara Catholic School Board trustee and two-term Lincoln councillor, who ran but was defeated in the October 2014 election, died Monday from complications arising from a stroke.
“Geoff was one of finest gentlemen with whom I have had the opportunity to work. He was a consummate family man and committed to building a better community for all of our residents.
“His generosity and great sense of humour will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Geoff’s entire family,” said Reg. Coun. Bill Hodgson, who served as mayor while Barlow was on council.
Barlow was also a 20-year veteran of the Lincoln Fire Department.
“Geoff was affectionately known in the fire department as “Dad” because he took great pride in looking out for the wellbeing of his fellow firefighters. He was a dedicated and capable firefighter who particularly enjoyed being assigned tasks that required the use of his strength so that he could show the younger firefighters that ‘he still had what it takes’,” said Lincoln Fire Chief Greg Hudson.
“He really cherished the friendships he developed at the fire station, and kept us entertained with his innumerable stories. Geoff was fiercely proud of his family and made a point to impress upon the younger firefighters the importance of keeping family as a top priority.”
Geoff’s funeral mass was held Friday January 23.