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Barbara Jean (Roberts) Myers

May 27, 1937 ~ May 10, 2020 (age 82)


Myers, Barbara Jean (nee Roberts)

Our mother and guiding light Barbara Jean Myers passed away this Mother’s Day, May 10th, 2020 after a lengthy and heroic battle with cancer. She was art, love, passion, beauty and intelligence. Born a Roberts (Cashmore) of father Lawrence Ernest and Jean Muriel (Nickerson) in North Halifax , Nova Scotia , she earned scholarships, quickly excelled academically and began a professional and artistic career in communications. The art and beauty of the written word, created or consumed, was an integral part of Barbara’s identity and life journey. A journalist, teacher, philosopher, public servant, volunteer, editor and published poet were some of the mantels she wore, all tempered with her strong advocacy for justice, fairness, respect and equity. As she stretched professionally, her love for, and dedication to her family remained at her core.  Predeceased by her parents and sister Laurel Diane Roberts, Barbara is survived by her sister Judy Kane (Roberts), brother David (Darlene) Roberts, her children Craig (Kym Newhook) Myers, Rod (Janet) Myers, Lesley (Neil) Mather, and Melissa (Todd) Baseden, her grandchildren Jesse and Leah Kane, Phoebe Newhook, Julian Myers, Aaron and Evelyn Myers, Jordan and Rosheen King, Kyleigh Baseden, and the father of her children Brian Myers (Marilyn) and extended family.  We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thank you to the wonderful group of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals working with and on behalf of our mother, the past four years. In particular, the staff at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, the LHIN and Reveras Colonel By Residence.   A memorial service to celebrate Barbara's life will take place on a date and time that has not been determined due to social distancing restrictions. All who wish to be updated when service details are confirmed, will be warmly welcomed, either in person or virtually, and are asked to please include your contact information on the Tubman's condolence page.  Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at


“…safe and sound, out of rough water, their masts made the sign of the cross, against a too blue sky, steady in a wind, blowing coy and soft, teasing for sail, and the open sea.” (from, Wasn’t it Hot for June, B. Myers)


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