Barbara Bishop

Barbara Nell Bishop (Ridgway-Wilson)

Tuesday, October 7th, 1924 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Barbara Bishop
October 7th, 1924 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Barbara passed away gently on August 16, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta. She is survived by her loving children: son, Tom and wife Michelle and daughter Megan. Her husband, Bill, predeceased her in 1998.

Barb was born on October 7, 1924 in Vancouver B.C. She was the only child of Guy and Lillian Ridgway-Wilson. Guy worked as a surveyor for the railway and as a result, Barb attended schools in Los Angeles and Vancouver before graduating in Victoria.

She met her husband Bill in Victoria and they married on Nov. 8, 1947. Hoping to start a new business in a more booming economy, they moved to Calgary where both of their children were born and raised.

Barb was one of the few working moms in Calgary at that time. In 1963 she was hired to work with Junior Achievement, Calgary. Over the course of 24 years with this non-profit organization, she mentored hundreds of students looking for a sympathetic ear.

Her marriage to her beloved Bill lasted 51 years. His passing was made softer by the arrival of her many grandchildren: David, Joshua, Esah, Erin and Kaitlin, as well as her great grandchildren: Rowan, Riley, Finn and Isaac.

She will be remembered by many personal and professional friends. Respecting her long-standing wishes, there will be no services. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Tom and Megan would like to thank the many excellent Health Care professionals for their care and compassion these past few months.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Barbara please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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    Eden Brook Memorial Gardens
    24223 Township Road 242
    Calgary, Alberta T3Z3K2
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Donna Marchak

Posted at 10:35pm
I am very sad to say farewell to Barbara Bishop, who was a dear friend for over thirty years and an inspiration to me and many others. We worked together at Junior Achievement in the early 80's and shared many good times and good laughs together. Our early morning coffee "gab sessions" were the best way to start the day. I remember her keen insights on what was happening in Calgary and Canada in business, as well as local news, with the occasional raunchy joke thrown in. She was a fine writer who managed the office and public relations for JA with creativity and wisdom - all of this while being considered "only part-time." Barb put in many hours making everyone's job easier and better. She never did anything in half-measures! From devoting her time to her husband Bill, her two children, career and volunteering in our community, Barb could do it all with grace and style. We loved Barb and will always remember her. "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..."
Safe journey Barb, love Donna & Jerry Marchak and family

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