Barbara Rady

Barbara Rady

Tuesday, January 27th, 1942 Monday, August 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Barbara Anne Rady

Barbara Anne Rady

On August 17, 2020 Beautiful Barbara’s Brilliance* continued on her journey.

Over a year ago Barbara was diagnosed with ALS and courageously confronted the disease until her passing on that day.

As part of her innate pursuit to help others, for the past seven months she had travelled to Montreal or Calgary on seven occasions participating in a double blind study assisting researchers toward finding a cure for ALS.

Barbara pursued life with unwavering passion treating everyone she met with decency, fairness, respect, compassion and love.

Born on January 27, 1942 in Winnipeg, MB. From the early age of 4 to well into her 20s, Barbara was enamoured with roller skating. She skated and danced and was a mentor to many other skaters at the Winnipeg Roller Rink.

Barbara subsequently moved to Vancouver where, for many years, she worked as a legal secretary, a profession at which she skillfully dedicated her expertise.

In 1980, with a dream of becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Barbara packed up and drove in her VW van from the Pacific Coast to Toronto. With dedicated determination and study, she fulfilled that dream. Proudly, as a new graduate of Sutherland Chan School & Teaching Clinic, she returned to Victoria, diploma in hand.

With her usual unwavering passion and enthusiasm, Barbara pursued a career as an RMT for almost 40 years initially as a sole practitioner out of her home then later as a team member of the Massage Therapy Group in Victoria. During this time period for more than 15 years she excitedly and proudly annually volunteered as an RMT at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. For a brief time Barbara had flown to Zanzibar, Tanzania where she provided Massage Therapy to villagers in the small community of Jambiani. Barbara consistently took upgrading courses always striving to become a more skilled and sensitive practitioner.

In the early 2000s she moved to Qualicum Beach again establishing a Massage Therapy practice while instructing in the Spa Therapy Program at Sprott Shaw College in Nanaimo. About 10 years later she relocated to Sooke where she again set up a Massage Therapy practice.

Barbara was a past member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC, the CMTBC Board of Directors and the CMTBC Board of Examiners. For several years she was a practical Massage Therapy instructor and a clinic supervisor at a massage college in Victoria. Throughout her career she was a proud member of the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC.

Favourites – sunrises, deserts and canyons of the southwest US, camping in her van, soaking in natural mineral hot springs, walks in the forest, live theatre, cruises, arranging of spectacular floral creations (especially Ikebana), visiting and socializing with friends, artistically presenting wonderful table settings and menus from appys to mains to desserts, tasteful and elegant attires, Las Vegas glitter, pampas grass, butterflies, savouring red wines and sunsets.

Barbara is mourned by her daughter Crystal, grandson Keyano, son-in-law Roberto (Burnaby), sister Ruby (Nanaimo), Crystal’s dad Jack (Burnaby), her soulmate Grant (Sooke), her buddy Susan and her mom Donna (Victoria), her BFF of more than 50 years Ann (Whidbey Island, Washington State) and many close friends and acquaintances.

Barbara embraced life with a smile.

She was predeceased by her other sister Shirley who also succumbed to ALS.

Thanks to Dr. Hagen Kluge, Dr. Kristi Herrling at West Coast Family Medical Clinic in Sooke for their empathy and support.

Thanks also to the team at Affordable Cremation & Burial Ltd., Vancouver Island for their professionalism and empathy.

Because of COVID-19 issues there are no immediate plans for a celebration of life.

Should you wish, a donation may be made to the ALS Society of BC in memory of Barbara.

*International Star Registry: Constellation Telescopium - Coordinates RA 19h5m33.40s D-53° 17m 53.10s

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Al Rathbone

Patient,curious, always open to possibility, I knew you when you were as sweet as summer rain, dear Barb, and as wise as the forest's favorite owl. Thank you for the time shared, working sided-by-side, and your kindness when first we settled, west-of-wherever, here on the coast.

Some are just good. Barb was one of those. I'm sad to know she's gone.
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Robert Harris

I knew Barbara in the 1980’s in Toronto where we graduated in massage therapy in 1980 and again in Victoria. She was a pioneer in the massage therapy field and helped to lay the foundation of the strong profession that exists today. Her gentle soul and quiet, thoughtful, kind way touched many people. I send my sincere condolences to Grant and Barbara’s family.
Comment | Posted at 11:19am via Condolence

Bonnie Borbridge

My deepest sympathies go to Barbara’s family and friends. As an RMT of 30 years I so appreciate the RMTs like Barbara that paved the way and contributed to this profession. We are all benefiting from that legacy. I am sure the gifts of her time and caring if her patients will long be remembered.
Comment | Posted at 12:47am via Condolence

Janet van Klaveren

Barbara shared a passion for floral design as a member of the Victoria Floral Artists Guild. She was part of our team to build a spectacular Christmas Show design of dried hydrangeas and living flowers in a gorgeous white christmas design. She also participated in floral artistry at Art in the Gardens, at HCP. She was a very giving person and I loved working with her. Her quiet and thoughtful comments were always welcome and her view on life was refreshing. I will miss her.
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