A memorial service for Coast Mountains school district Board of Education Chair Barry Pankhurstwill be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kitimat (1760 Nalabila Boulevard). An informal gathering will follow the Memorial Service in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barry’s memory to the Covenant House in Vancouver. Covenant House works with runaway kids to support them and get them back on track, and as Barry’s favourite charity he had supported them for many, many years, states a press release from the school district.
Donations can be made online at www.covenanthousebc.org or by calling the Covenant House at (604) 638-4438. Tax receipts will be provided for donations made.
The school district has extended its deepest condolences and prayers to Barry’s wife, Mary Anne, and to his family.
“Barry’s many friends and acquaintances within the school district share the loss and sadness of his family,” read the school district release.
“Barry will be greatly missed by everyone in the diverse communities served by the Coast Mountains School District, but especially by those people who had the privilege to know him on a personal level,” the release continued.
In honour of the contribution that Barry Pankhurst made to public education in all the communities served by the Coast Mountains School District 82, schools in his home community of Kitimat will close at lunch hour on Tuesday, December 13 to enable students and staff to attend his memorial service if they wish