In Memory of Brian Barker Founder, Auctioneer 1953-2022

It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our Founders, Brian Barker.

Brian passed peacefully in the company of family on December 18, 2022 at the Dartmouth General Hospital.

Brian was friendly, kind hearted, funny and was a mentor to many in the auction industry in his 47 year career.

Brian started Mariner Auctions with his son Dustin in 2012 and through hard work and determination helped shape Mariner Auctions into the company it is today.

Born in Open Hall, Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian was the 4th child of James and Mary (Meaney) Barker. Brian is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia, his brother Ron (Hannah) Barker, Sister Glenda Curtis, Sons Dustin (Chantal), Ryan (Melissa) and Daughter Karly (Adam) and Grandchildren Aiden, Sophie, Molly, James & Oliver. Predeceased by brother Brendan, Sister Josephine.

Brian graduated from the Western Canada School of Auctioneering in Lacombe, Alberta in August 1975 and since then has traveled throughout the world auctioning pretty much everything including Art, Cars, Heavy Equipment, Livestock, Vacations, The infamous John Buchanan Toilet Seats and much more.

During Brian’s career he attended numerous auctioneering competitions in Canada and the U.S.A. where he would go on to be the 2x Canadian Champion, World Runner Up, Ontario Champion plus many other high placings on the world stage.

Brian enjoyed lending his time to countless charities over the years and has helped raise millions of dollars. He was always ready to help those in need.

Outside of working, Brian enjoyed cooking and spending time with his grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of the Dartmouth General for their compassion.

Mariner Auctions & Liquidations Ltd. will continue to operate under the leadership of Brian’s son Dustin Barker. Although he will be missed, his legacy will continue on in our work.

In lieu of Flowers any donations can be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.