Brian Barker Obituary, Death – Brian Barker, the founder of Mariner Auctions & Liquidations Ltd passed away on December 18, 2022 at Dartmouth General Hospital, surrounded by his family. Throughout his 47-year career in the auction market, Brian was famous for his warmth, compassion, and sense of humor. Many of his coworkers looked up to him as a mentor. Brian started Mariner Auctions with his son Dustin in 2012, and their combined efforts have contributed significantly to the firm’s growth into what it is today.
Brian Barker was James and Mary (Meaney) Barker’s fourth child. He was born in the town of Open Hall, Newfoundland and Labrador. Brian is survived by Patricia, his 50-year-old wife, his brother Ron (married to Hannah), his sister Glenda Curtis, his sons Dustin (married to Chantal), Ryan (married to Melissa), and Karly (married to Adam), and his grandchildren Aiden, Sophie, Molly, James, and Oliver. Brendan and Josephine, his brothers, died before him.
Brian graduated in August 1975 from the Western Canada School of Auctioneering in Lacombe, Alberta. Since then, he has traveled the world, auctioning off everything from artwork to automobiles, heavy equipment, cattle, vacations, and, of course, the renowned John Buchanan Toilet Seats. Throughout his career, Brian competed in a number of auctioneering events in both Canada and the United States of America. These were the tournaments that earned him the titles of two-time Canadian Champion, World Runner-Up, and Ontario Champion, as well as a plethora of other high international finishes.
Brian has been able to assist a number of charities over the years by donating his time, resulting in the raising of millions of dollars. He was always prepared to lend a hand to people in need. Outside of work, Brian’s main interests were cooking and spending time with his grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate the life of the dead will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the caring professionals at Dartmouth General Hospital. Dustin Barker, Brian’s son, will take over as CEO of Mariner Auctions & Liquidations Ltd. and ensure the company’s success. Even though he will be greatly missed, his legacy will carry on via the work that we undertake. The family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in place of flowers.