He enjoyed playing golf and watching rugby – from his local club – Rochdale – to internationals and to league games at his hometown Wigan.
He died on 25 May after a long and painful illness, which he bore with courage and his brave good humour.
With the 1992 reorganisation Ken was promoted to Director and General Manager SWSW and moved to Gloucester.
He returned to Manchester for his final appointment as DGM Royal Mail NWNW before retiring finally in 1998.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. We will remember them Extract from ‘For the Fallen’ (1914) by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) Ken Barker was one of a line of distinguished Post Office Directors to command the Postal and Courier Services TA.
So, he retired from the TA in November 1993 having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and definitely giving more than he received.Ken did not shy away from the task of taking the Group from the comfort and support of Mill Hill and its postal empathy to the unknown that was Grantham, and being part of a very large TA organisation.At the same time he had to downsize the Group, from four to three Regiments and take manning from 75 officers and 750 soldiers to 55 and around 550 – and improve military skills!He retired to Highcliffe with his wife Doris of more than 50 years where they enjoyed many happy times together. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with his Army friends & would look forward to his ccouple of weeks each year back in uniform.Of course it could have been the camaraderie in the mess away from home that had most appeal – Mike Bartlett (Don’s son) Don was ever the best of company at any event and in any circumstance.At the time Ken was Director and General Manager Royal Mail South Wales and South West.