Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland -St. Catharines-Tho-rold):
Madam Speaker, in the last two days Mr. Gordon "Chub" Barrett, the former member of Parliament for Lincoln in southern Ontario, passed away.
Chub was a member of this House from 1968 to 1972. He served with great distinction as a member of Parliament. When he left Parliament he took a position with the St. Lawrence Seaway which cuts right through the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and as such he continued to distinguish himself as a person who was very much involved in the seaway and also the surrounding communities that touch on the seaway.
It should be noted that Mr. Barrett was bom in Thorold which at that time was part of the Lincoln riding that he represented and is now part of my riding of Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold. Mr. Barrett served as a soldier from 1942 to 1945 and saw action overseas.
June 1, 1993
Politically he was involved as a warden of the city of Welland. Besides that he was a member of Thorold council from 1946 to 1959.
Perhaps the people of Thorold will best remember Chub, as he was called affectionately, for his involvement in the athletic part of the community. He was an athlete. He coached different teams in baseball and hockey. I understand that he was also quite a football player in his time.
We here in this House have a chance to pay tribute to a man who made a great contribution to our country. He will be sorely missed by his family and by his friends in Thorold and indeed in Lincoln country.
Subtopic: THE LATE GORDON "CHUB" BARRETT