It is with profound sadness that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research announce the death of Dr. L.L. “Barrie” deVeber. Dr. deVeber was founding president of both organizations.
Barrie was born on Jan. 27, 1929 and died on Feb. 28, 2019. He was married to Iola (2015) and they had six children.
Barrie was a paediatric oncologist and a pioneer in paediatric palliative care. His caring and innovative work with children with cancer, pregnant women with the Rh factor, and hemophilia patients, affected the lives of many. His medical career took him around the globe, from Canada to England to the U.S., to Saudi Arabia and Africa. Barrie was professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario (Paediatrics/Oncology).
He was a founding member of many organizations, including Camp Trillium, the Sunshine Club, London Area Right to Life, and the Montessori School of London, to name a few.
A vocal advocate of pro-life, who founded London Society for the Protection of the Unborn in 1967, Barrie made countless presentations to government and local communities, educating them on the innate humanity and dignity, and the importance of respecting human life, from conception to natural death. Barrie was the president of Alliance for Life Canada in 1975 when he presented the petition of one million names to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Barrie lived life to the fullest. His Irish charm made him a friend of many. He was a dear friend and will be missed. He will always be known as a caring and courageous physician who spoke out against injustice.
In 2015 the book Barrie: The Memoirs of Dr. L.L. deVeberwas published by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC).