Barrie was born into a military family and spent his first 8 years in Ontario, while his father was serving with 408 Squadron in Ottawa, Ontario. He then moved with his family to St. Johns, Newfoundland for the next three years, and then to Langley , British Columbia in 1963, when his father retired from the military. After finishing grade 12 at Garibaldi High School in Maple Ridge (1970), Barrie joined the Canadian Armed Forces, in 1971 as a Private, in the Communicator Research profession - just a fancy name for someone who copied Morse code and other communications from our "Cold War" enemies. When he finished training in this classification he returned home to B.C., just long enough to marry his sweetheart Adele in July 1972; and they both then headed north to Inuvik, NWT for the next four years. From Inuvik, Barrie served one six-month tour of duty in Alert, NWT on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, approximately 60 miles from the North Pole. Midway during this remote tour of duty, Barrie's first son, Kenneth was born back home. He was posted to Masset, B.C in 1975 and his second son, Kevin was born. Barrie transferred to Aero-Engine Technician with the military in 1976. Subsequent postings for his family included Borden, Ontario 1976; 1 AFMS & 408 Squadron Edmonton, Alberta 1976-1980 (birth of his third son Keith); Baden-Soelingen, Germany 1980-1984; and Comox, B.C. 1984. In January 1985, Barrie was "Commissioned from the Ranks" and attended Basic Officer Training" in Chilliwack, B.C., then moved his family to Borden, Ontario for training as an Aerospace Engineer. In 1986, Barrie was posted once again to 408 Squadron in Edmonton, Alberta first as the Deputy-SAMEO (Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer), soon after promoted to Captain and assuming the SAMEO position. While at 408 Squadron, Barrie was deployed for a 6-month tour on Op Calumet, serving as the SAMEO for "Rotation 5" for this peacekeeping mission in the Sinai dessert. In 1989, Barrie was posted back to Borden, Ontario to instruct (1 year), and as Training Officer (2 years) for the Aerospace Engineering Course. In 1992, he was promoted to Major, and posted once again to 408 Squadron in Edmonton, Alberta. Retiring from the military in 1994, Barrie, Adele, and Keith (their only child left at home) moved to Creston, British Columbia to be near his aging parents. Barrie was owner/operator of Kootenay Kountry Driving School for the next 10 years. In 2004, with both of Barrie's parents having passed away, Barrie and Adele moved back to Edmonton, Alberta, to be near their three boys and their families. Barrie then worked for a Piling company in Edmonton as the health and safety manager until his retirement at the end of May, 2017. Barrie currently resides in Camrose County, Alberta with his wife Adele.
First-hand information. Entered by Barrie Miller at registration.
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