Barbara died peacefully at the time of her choosing in the presence of her sons Sean and Ben, the lights of her life, her sister Karen, and her beloved golden retriever Sonny.
Barbara grew up in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, attending McMaster University in Hamilton where she married George Markham and met her new family of friends, she was soon followed, one by one, by her siblings. Shortly after the birth of her first son Sean in 1986 she obtained her MBA in Health Economics, graduating cuma sum laude. Because of her strong acumen in health care economics Barbara was asked to lead a group which was instrumental in founding the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre for the Underhoused. After a short time in Thunder Bay, she returned to Hamilton to begin work for CHEPA (Centre for Health Economics & Policy Analysis). Her second son Ben was born and in the ensuing years she became a talented gardener (winning a Trillium award), an expert pierogi chef at Christmas, and a wonderful mother. While running with her large group of friends she eventually qualified for the Boston Marathon, became a triathlete, and completed the Madison Wisconsin Ironman. Her friends called her Crash after a lucky escape during a bicycle accident.
After leaving CHEPA for Bayer she found herself working for them in Germany for a few years. In 2010 Barb and her siblings went on a trip to meet her cousins in Poland and Ukraine, and finally visiting the farm of her paternal grandfather Bronislaw in Warwarynce, and the home of her paternal grandmother Albina in Strusow, Ukraine.
Switching to Lundbeck as a Vice President she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she lived as an expat for five years. There she found a strong love for Danish design, that influenced her in her re-build of her cottage on Go Home Lake, while supervising from Europe. Coming back to live permanently in Canada she would live at the cottage during the summers. Here she invited her friends and family to swim, sauna and hot tub…but mostly to have good conversations. She lived in Burlington, Toronto and Oakville in the winters, and there reconnected with all of her beautiful friends. She founded her own pharmaceutical consulting company, Kewa Consul Ltd, were she worked while tending to her garden at the cottage.
Barbara leaves behind her mother Irene; sons Sean (Karolina) Markham, and Benjamin; siblings Jim (Lisa), Blake, Eric (Theresa), and Karen; her niece and nephew Gina and Dylan; her aunts and uncles Marilyn (Don) Leitch, Bob (Lori) Roe, Ed (Liz) Roe, Alison Roe, and their many sons, daughters, and grandchildren. She gives her love to her expectant grandson Miles.
Barbara is predeceased by her father William Henry Jashewski, her uncle Doug Roe, as well as her goldens Laska, Lucy, and Madison.
Barbara’s service will take place on 19 November 2022 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens & Cemetery, 1895 Main St W, Hamilton, at 10:00am. Friends and family are welcome to add a small memento or note to her final resting place at this time.
Her Celebration of Life will be held in the RHLI Officer Mess at 200 James St North, John Weir Foote Armoury on Saturday November 19 from 11:00am to 5:00pm, where toasts and stories are welcome. There will be limited parking in the armoury’s courtyard but there is free parking downtown Hamilton on Saturdays.
You will be remembered for your kindness, your generosity with your time/advice/outlooks but most importantly for the years of allowing me to grow up in your home and with your family. They were some of my very best years, and will always be remembered.
- The Renaissance Man Shan
While I never had an opportunity to really get to know my aunt Barbara well, the handful of moments we did spend together were significant.
What I remember most about Barbara was her intelligence, sophistication, worldliness and love for her family. Especially the dogs! She just had her life together in a way I will always admire.
When I was studying on student exchange in Poland, she was living in Germany at the time working for Bayer so she invited me to hop on the train and visit her.
I was nervous to see her because it had been quite some time since we’d seen one another, but she met me at the train station with a huge welcome hug and brought me on a world wind tour of Berlin.
We wrote our names on the Berlin Wall, ate amazing pizza they spun through the air over our heads, and even had drinks on a fake beach downtown.
She went so far as to purchase me tickets to the Lady Gaga concert happening while I was there and even set me up in a fancy hotel in Munich while she was away on business. The photo is her and I sitting next to the river in Berlin.
We met up again later on when the whole family flew to Poland to reconnect with their roots. We drove through the Polish countryside in a cramped rental and ate delicious homemade pierogies.
I do wish that we could have been closer because I feel like we have quite a lot in common, but I’m grateful for the time I did get to spend with her.
Barbara has inspired me to work hard and chase my dreams and there will forever be a small part of her with me.
Condolences to her family, especially Sean and Ben. ❤️