Barbara Jean Cram July 1, 1950 - April 10, 2017 Our sister, aunt, and friend, Barb peacefully passed away during her sleep, with her puppy, Maggie, by her side. Barb had been battling advanced health problems in recent months, after retiring and moving from Regina to Vancouver Island (Courtenay) in 2011. Barb was predeceased by her parents, Dr. Bill and Bernice Cram, as well as by an older brother, John David, in infancy. She is survived by her older brother, Bob (Jane) in Qualicum Beach, as well as her nephew Graeme (Elyse) and niece Lindsey (Luke and their son, Junah) in Calgary. Barb is also survived by her "Cram" cousins in Manitoba, as well as her "McLean" cousins in British Columbia. Barb established a special "bond" with her nephew and niece (during their late teens) when she accompanied them (she was supposed to be their "chaperone") on a plane, train and chunnel trip to Great Britain almost 2 decades ago. Apparently, some details about this adventure have remained untold to this day! Barbara obtained her BA (History) from the University of Saskatchewan, and her BLS (Library Science) from the University of Alberta, then joined the Canadian diplomatic corps as an Immigration Officer, spending time in Canada, then Yugoslavia, prior to her 2-year posting to New Delhi, India. Upon her return from India, she spent 3-6 months in hospital (Montreal) on a tropical disease ward, before embarking upon more French language training, resulting in her obtaining "native tongue" status in both English and French. She resigned from the diplomatic corps and pursued more education, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with her LLB (law) degree, then entered into practice in rural Saskatchewan (Prince Albert, then North Battleford), before practicing in Regina for a decade. While in Regina, Barb was appointed for 3 years (and later re-appointed twice) as the Regional Commissioner (Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Barb enjoyed her time with the CRTC, especially the opportunity to travel across Canada, and to use 3 or 4 of the languages that she spoke. Away from work, Barb appreciated spending time with Mom and Dad, and her good friends in Regina, or volunteering to drive patients to and from the Cancer Clinic or volunteering with Habitat to build homes in Regina, and overseas in South America and India. Those of us from out-of-town, or out-of-province, who attended Roughrider games at Taylor Field, appreciated the free room and board at Barb's place, although it sometimes came at a price. To our embarrassment, and the amusement of neighbouring Rider fans, Barb sometimes came with "the boys" to the games, but that's a story for another time! Barb was blessed to have her 45+ year friend (from Regina) and her husband wintering in a suite within Barb's complex in Courtenay, the past three months. With their love and support, as well as that of friends in her building, Barb was able to fulfill her wish to remain in her home "on the island". At Barb's request, cremation has taken place, with a private family service planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers or cards, a donation to Habitat Canada, or The Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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