Barry the Ball Player Extraordinaire and Engineer!
Barry Furneaux grew up and went to school in Duncan B.C. where he played semi-pro ball. He graduated with a BSc in Geology in 1960. He and his wife moved to Qualicum Beach in 1968 after 11 moves all along Coastal B.C. He worked as a Geologist, a Forest Ranger and a Forest Engineer.
They built their house in Qualicum Beach in 1970 and have maintained it ever since. They run a licensed farm and grow fruit, vegetables and chickens.
In 1977 Barry started overseas contracting in 11 countries. Bhutan was his favourite place where he worked for King Jignee . In 1992 Barry became a P.Eng and an Arborist.
Barry has been with PGOSA since the early 90’s. He notes that "Back then there was a really strong rep league. To get to the Senior Games for zone 2 there was a play-off, usually between Comox Rebels and Parksville. For the longest time “Rep Players” could not play “fun ball”. Frank Frawley, the founder of “The “Breakers”, was finally able to convince Bill that “Rep Players” really were human and should be welcomed by the fun league. This move strengthened both leagues as players could freely trade back and forth and find their level. The representative team for the Senior Games for zone 2 became a collection of players from both the Fun league and the Rep league and became really strong.
In 2001, the Parksville Team won the Molson Cup Provincial Championship. Bob Hollis (another PGOSA member) and myself were on that team. I’ve been playing ball for 70 years and for PGOSA since it’s inception. This year several PGOSA players will be entered in the World Senior Games in Utah in October. It’s a strong group, well run and really enjoyed.