BARR IAN ROBERT Passed away peacefully in Perth January 20th 2020
Father of Sarah, Michael, Simon, Rachel
Brother of Judith, Geoffrey, Robert, Margaret and Cameron (dec)
Rest In Peace
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Ian and I grew up together in Maffra, Victoria.
The Barr family were our neighbours for umpteen years and I started school with Ian in 1944 at the Maffra State School and carried on through high school and beyond.
The Barr's were the most generous, helpful, friendly neighbours you could ever wish for and my sister and I have some very fond memories of holidays spent with them at Inverloch and Metung, where we would be invited along as if we were a part of their family.
It was a great time to be growing up in country Victoria living next door to a such good friends and mates.
Ian and I played football and golf, fished in the local river, rode our bikes all over the country and did everything else young kids and teenagers do. I have many lovely memories of growing up with Ian.
I lost track of Ian but visited him when he was at Houston and when he was living in Indonesia. He stayed with us in England for a while as well.
Rest in Peace.
Our condolences to all the family.
Ian and Billy Lobley
Ian was one of those characters you are lucky to meet in your life.
I first met Ian on a Jagorawi Jesters tour in Bali - probably in the early 2000's - where I was immediately struck with his humour and positive attitude.
On subsequent tours Ian was always there with a joke and a smile - even though life didn't always treat him well.
When Ian began spending more time in Perth we regularly met up for lunch and coffee to discuss what was going on in the oil business.
Ian was always working on securing another project to get involved in - despite the prolonged downturn in the Industry his enthusiasm was undiminished, his smile a constant.
Fairways and greens big fella. RIP.
My wife, Nola and myself first met Ian in Jakarta, 1974, when both Ian and myself worked for Gulf Oil. Ian was a most notable Geophysicist. We all shared many happy times for a few years. Ian and I then worked together in Pakistan for Gulf Oil. Exciting times circa 1979, Shah of Iran deposed and resultant US Embassy in Islamabad attacked by mob at the same time as Ian and myself were about to attempt entry to Embassy for booze. We were evacuated a few days later. I returned to Angola and lost contact with Ian until circa 1997 when I was in Russia. I brought Ian to Russia and together looked into new Russian Technology for Oil Searching. Those few years together were memorable and we saw much of Russia and other parts of the world. Around 2010 we drifted apart and only saw each other occasionally. Ian was a great friend to myself and Nola and we know he loved his family dearly. Rest in Peace, dear friend.
We had the best 7 year holiday ever didn’t we?
The fun, the laughter, the stories, the wine, the hips, the hair and always the champagne!
Will forever miss your Mr Barr comments.
Sweet dreams, my love.
Ian was a talented Geo-Physicist with a passion for life. I was fortunate to spend many happy years travelling with Ian and have wonderful treasured memories. His friendly, caring personality was respected by all who crossed his path, he will be sadly missed.
My deepest sympathy to his daughter Sarah, Paul, Charlotte and Daniel, son Simon, Christina, Liam and Elizabeth, also daughter Rachel who all now reside in Canada.
Son Michael in N.Z I know will step-up in memory of his father.
Ian did love his children so much.
He is just away, given his presence will always be felt by his loved ones.
I will truly miss your help Ian, especially with Techie stuff, until we meet again...
Love always, Jan Barron Perth WA
Farewell Ian, we shared some good times, may you hit them long and straight in Heaven.