Tom Barber: Family Man, Lawyer, Community Leader

The OCH Foundation would like to pay tribute to Tom Barber, one of the founding members of its Board of Directors. Tom passed away recently surrounded by his family and close friends. He was a strong advocate for the families, children and youth living in social housing and was devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty in Ottawa.

Tom qualified with honors as a lawyer in 1975 and became one of Ottawa’s top civil litigators. As a partner at Burke-Robertson, he had successfully represented major insurance companies and individuals involved in a number of litigation matters. Since its founding in 1989, Tom had also served as counsel for the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport.

Above all else, Tom was truly devoted to his community. In addition to his position on the OCH Foundation’s Board of Directors, he had been Chair of the Board of Directors at United Way Centraide Ottawa, President at the Family Service Center, Vice-President at the Ontario Association of Family Service Agencies and Honorary Counsel at the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control.

After receiving the news, Wayne French, the OCH Foundation’s Board Chair, expressed the following sentiment. “It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Mr. Tom Barber. We are truly honored to have had the chance to work with him these past 3 years. He was a devoted member that cared deeply about making a difference by helping tenants and youth. On behalf of the OCH Foundation Board of Directors we wish to offer our sincere condolences to his family.”