Barry Croke

CROKE, Barry…

Peacefully at home, with family by his side, Barry Croke of London, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of Lynda for 35 years. Loving father of Natalie Whitney (Paul), Mark Croke (Margaret), Dean Keough (Tracey) and Chad Keough. Cherished grandfather of Jess, Lauren, Nadine, Danny, Natalie, Nicole, Katie, Greyson and Luke and great-grandfather of Chase, Marshall, Kayleigh, Noah, Alyssa, Liam, Scarlett and Riley. Dear brother of Terry Burns, Peggy Cairnes and Sharon May Sauboorah. Barry will be missed by his nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Lynda said “Barry was my true soul mate… from the moment we met, he told me we wouldn’t have material riches but we will have laughter every single day of our lives… and we did.”

Natalie said “My Dad was always and will always be my hero. I inherited his sarcasm and his love of people.”

Mark said “You have been a fantastic Dad and did what you had to do to look after us when mum died and because of you, I have grown into a respectful man with a wonderful family.”

Barry was a wonderful step-father to Chad and Dean.

Dean said “He has always treated our mother like a Queen and was fiercely protective of her.”

Chad said “Barry was a great teacher to me during my younger age when I lived with them. We will all miss him so very much.”

His building community said “Barry was much more than a Building Manager. Barry became a friend to many. His love of celebrating Canada Day, Halloween, and Christmas with the residents of our community was truly a source of joy for him every year. His witty and sarcastic banter will be missed and the halls of our building will forever seem quieter.”

Barry adored his Pomeranian girl, Sheba, who passed before him and his current boy, Whiskey. He also had an immense love for penguins.

Cremation has taken place and at Barry’s wishes, no visitation or funeral will be held. In his memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. Thank you for being a huge blessing and presence in mine and my sons life and being the most amazing uncle I could have asked for will be forever missed ❤️💙

  2. My big brother! So many wasted years of not knowing each other, my regret. Being the baby of the family, I remember my brother, through my eyes as a child. His love of family, dancing. He really never cared about the material things in life, having love meant so much more. I will miss the brother I once knew, I will miss the brother I had just begun to get to know. I will think of Barry with love, a wonderful man, human being. So happy he had love, surrounding him. So thankful, he had Lynda and ALL of his family. Barry, you were a true legend ❤️

  3. Barry wasn’t only my superintendent, he was a friend. Him and Lynda, were friend’s and our dogs shared a relationship. Barry was a “one in a million”, the mold was broken when God created him! Rest in peace Barry!

  4. Barry will be sadly missed by many,,he was such a lovely man,,,sincere condolances to Lynda and family !!!

  5. RIP Barry, Natalie was so proud of you and loved you so much,
    I remember you most when I went to high school with Natalie ( not gonna lie at first you frightened me a little 😂)
    Fly high & give them some stick up there lol
    Toni x

  6. Berry has been a good friend help us out with open arms I haven’t been around much and I regret it as I missed talking to him and fishing. My wife always enjoyed his sparky remarks to her.he will be missed he really made sure everyone know who he was.

  7. A beautiful kind man, with a heart of gold. Barry looked after me like a daughter and was fiercely protective, for which I will always be grateful for. To have had the absolute honour to have known him is a blessing. Although many years since I last saw Barry and Lynda, we have always kept in touch. I have some wonderful pictures and treasured memories of my visit to Canada. My heart goes out to Lynda, Natalie and the rest of the family at this sad time. Love to you all and rest in peace Barry, my Dad No2 xxxxx

  8. One of the kindest and funniest persons I ever knew had a great big heart loved his beer but was also very kind and giving very will be missed Linda and he was a great guy and lo is the fun take care God bless and keep in touch love Bev

  9. Barry, my younger brother. Wow didn’t we create some wonderful memories growing up. It was us two scaliewags against the world. Barry, a great human being, a good and funny brother, Barry was Barry always with a smile, a kind and giving nature, caring for others making all in his presence laugh. It was a joy and privlage to just have you in my life. Now you are smiling down on your beautiful wife Lynda and family having a drink or two with my Billy
    Always in my heart forever on my thoughts. Cheers sweetheart, I toast you on your next adventure. 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

  10. Dad.. my big, strong, proud, funny, protective, generous, genuine, bear of a man. You gave me the best of you and did an amazing job as a father through a really difficult time. Having to watch my mum drift away from us all through cancer at such a young age must have torn you to pieces.. but you stayed strong for Mark and me.
    Leaving to go to Canada can’t have been an easy decision all those years ago.. but you met Lynda and began to grieve. You fell in love again.. how amazing is that? You’ve had a wonderful life together. Now your battle is over Dad and you must leave us to be pain free. I’m going to miss you everyday for the rest of my life.. until we meet again. Love you..

  11. Natalie & Mark you have never ever felt like stepchildren , I hope over the years I did your Mom proud. Love you both 💓 from my heart and I know you both made your Dad so very proud of you. Stay strong, with all you’re memories..Love Mom

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