Sunday, December 13, 2020 5:20 PM
We are saddened to announce the passing of Barbara Tabata.
As a Board member on the Gordon Head Residents’ Association for more than 20 years, Barbara was a pillar of the Association. She tirelessly served the community with passion, knowledge, dedication and concern for the safety of the residents of Gordon Head. Barbara was always available to listen to residents’ concerns and to suggest remedies to Saanich staff which were practical, reasonable and always accompanied with a smile. There probably hasn’t been a development in Gordon Head in the last 20+ years that she didn’t scrutinize for effects on traffic, and so became known to a succession of Saanich engineers. Barbara’s logical and often persistent but always considerate and respectful, discussions with the municipality frequently resulted in resolution whether it was a properly lighted crosswalk, increased driver and pedestrian visibility, traffic pattern change or improvements to development proposals. In addition, Barbara played a major role in recruiting and mentoring new board members, as well as participating in all the Association’s community activities such as Music in the Park. Always kind and generous with her time, Barbara’s energy, positive attitude and friendship will be missed.
Barbara’s obituary was published in the Times Colonist on December 12.