In Memory of Darren Barefoot
Will it come like this, the moment of my death? Will You open a door upon the great forest and set my feet upon a ladder under the moon, and take me out among the stars?
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
– Thomas Merton
Darren Kyle Barefoot died on February 20, 2023 following complications from metastatic cancer.
Darren was a firm believer in mentorship, education, advocacy and environmental protection. You can remember Darren and his legacy by donating to the Darren Barefoot Legacy Fund (Vancouver Foundation). The fund will offer support to the next generation of marketing professionals dedicated to climate action.
Darren, DB to many, was a builder of ideas, relationships and communities. He was an exceptional husband to Julie Szabo and an entrepreneur, professional speaker, flâneur, playwright, author, Dungeon Master, cat-coaxer and master storyteller.
Darren enjoyed a great turn of phrase. His pleasure in language is captured in his long-running blog, darrenbarefoot.com where he mused on miscellany: technology trends; signage and maps; musical theatre; how to cycle the Canal du Midi. If there was a question, Darren asked it. His friends, colleagues and family will greatly miss his curiosity and candour.
Darren was a seasoned presenter and organizer of grassroots gatherings: Northern Voice; Web of Change; Fireworks Factory. His professional pièce de résistance was Capulet Communications where, for 20 years, he acted as a trusted business partner to his wife, Julie. As a team they launched inventive advocacy and fundraising campaigns for NGOs and charities. Darren’s work with organizations like the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society was compelling and admired. It aligned with his deep concern for the climate and steadfast passion for the environment.
Darren and Julie traveled the world together for 25 years. On working holidays and long-term stays they made memories in Ireland, Malta, Morocco, Panama, France, Germany and most recently in the home they built on Pender Island.
Darren will be ardently remembered by his wife Julie, parents Gordon and Meryl, siblings Kevin (Wendy; nephews Miles and Paul), Lynsey (Dominik) and Imogene, aunts Shaneen and Lynn, in-laws Lynn, Leah and Ken, and the well-loved cat Goldberg. Darren was predeceased by his mother, Judy Neil, in 2003. A celebration of Darren’s life will take place in the spring.