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I, Barry Ward, Deputy, Mayor of the City of Barrie hereby proclaim
June 7, 2022 asSir Robert Barrie Day
WHEREAS; On May 31, 2021, the City of Barrie declared June 7 as “Sir Robert Barrie Day”; and

WHEREAS; This day marks both the anniversary Sir Robert Barrie’s death, as well as the anniversary of the signing of our Twin City agreement with Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England, where he was laid to rest; and

WHEREAS; Post-Captain Robert Barrie was a British officer of the Royal Navy, and commanded many vessels while serving.  He is noted for his extraordinary service in the War of 1812, where he commanded the HMS Dragon in Chesapeake Bay and captured, sunk, or destroyed 85 American vessels during 1814; and

WHEREAS; In 1833, in recognition of his many accomplishments and his naval service as the senior Naval Officer in the Canadian Colony, our City was named in his honour; and

WHEREAS; Upon his return to England, he was knighted by King William IV and was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order. He was then promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1837 and made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1840; and

WHEREAS; Barrie lived a full life of service to his country.  He died on June 7, 1841, and is buried at the All Saints Church, Ripley Castle in the Borough of Harrogate.

THEREFORE, I, Barry Ward, Deputy Mayor, do hereby proclaim June 7, 2022 as “Sir Robert Barrie Day” in the City of Barrie. 

- Barry Ward, Deputy, Mayor of the City of BARRIE

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