Barb was predeceased by her parents Reverend Prosper and Jean (Morphy) Augustine and her two elder brothers, Herb and John.
She is badly missed by countless friends and colleagues, as well as by the Cambridge Art Community, where she was a founding member of the Drawing and Life- Classes. She faithfully organized these popular classes for over nine years. Many of her friends are proud owners of Barb’s incredible portrait paintings.
Barb’s first passion was art and she was delighted to be elected to membership in “Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour” in 1998. One of her watercolours was successfully chosen to be included in the Royal Collection in Windsor Castle on the Society’s 75th Anniversary in 2000. She was present at the hand-over in 2001 at Canada House in London to HRH The Prince of Wales.
Barb grew up in Eden, Ontario and graduated from Tillsonburg High School, where she made many life-long friends. She played the organ for the many occasions at her father’s churches in Eden, Goshen and Mannheim. After graduating with an Honours BA in Psychology from McMaster University, she went on to obtain an MA from Windsor University. She practised Psychology for four years and then Barb discovered the second passion in her life, teaching.
Barb taught Psychology at Conestoga College, Kitchener, until her retirement in 2001. She is remembered by many students for using her amazing artistic skills to clarify the sometimes-confusing subjects and making the lessons fun.
Barb loved all forms of art. Going to art galleries around the World truly fascinated her, but she always looked forward to returning to her beloved Cambridge home and dog—George is bereft.
Barb never refused a request for help regardless of the difficulty or inconvenience. She was a most reliable, dependable, trustworthy and generous friend whose sense of humour is irreplaceable.
Barb’s contribution to society and strong sense of community made the World a better place. She exemplified what goodness and caring should be. She was selfless in everything she did. She loved unconditionally.
Special thanks to Dr. Duncan Schwarz and his incredible palliative care team at Freeport Hospital.
A celebration of Barb’s life will be held at a later date at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.
Please visit Barb's obituary notice on Facebook.